South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

George Pryce

[The name is spelled with an 'i' on the war memorials at Weston and in all records prior to the 1901 census. George clearly prefered the spelling with a 'y'.]

George Pryce was born at Lydbury North, Shropshire, in 1881 - where he was baptised on Christmas Day. He was the son of Samuel Price, an agricultural labourer, and his wife Emma Ellen. The birth-places of the couples' children suggest that they had lived in Claverley and Hadnall before settling at Burlington, Sheriffhales.

George appears to have enlisted in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry early in 1904. By the time of the census of 1911 he had returned to civilian life and was working as a farm waggoner; he married Sarah Jane Stevenson earlier that year and was living at Lodge Farm Cottage, Weston-under-Lizard. George and Sarah had a daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1912.

Presumably George was still on the Army reserve at the outbreak of war - he went to France with the 1st KSLI on 10th September, 1914. The Battalion took part in many of the major battles of the Western Front.

George was killed in action on 16th June 1917. On that day the Battalion was relieved after spending two weeks in the Trenches. George was probably the one 'other rank' reported as killed during this period. He is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery at Mazingarbe.

Private George Pryce, 7675, 1st KSLI, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and the 1914 Star.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.