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George who was gassed in WW1 trenches has at last had his name put on the village war memorial

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

George is in the middle of this picture which  was taken near Rolfe Street Station

George is in the middle of this picture which was taken near Rolfe Street Station

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BLACK Country Bugle readers might be interested to know that a lad who grew up in Smethwick before the Great War is finally having his name added to a Herefordshire War Memorial in the village of Tarrington.

As the 19th turned into the 20th century, George Hankins Evesham grew up with his older married sister, Elizabeth Jay, her husband William and their son Ernest in Dibble Street Smethwick.

George's first job was as a weighbridge clerk on the LNER Railway and it is thought that this picture, with George in the middle, was taken near Rolfe Street Station.

If Bugle readers can confirm the location or add any information, I would be delighted to hear from you as I am the organiser of an exhibition about George at Tarrington.

After moving to Tarrington as a young man George married a local girl, had a family and was sent to France.

He never recovered from the effects of being gassed in the trenches and, although he returned, his health never did and he died shortly after Tarrington's war memorial was completed.

Since his story came to light several years ago, his name has always been read out at the Remembrance Sunday Service along with the others who died.

Now, with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund, an exhibition about George's life, including his time in Smethwick, is being created and any help that Bugle readers can contribute would be much valued.

Rev John Watkins.

john.watkins_48@yahoo.co.uk

01432 890595.

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