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Name: George William HEADS
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: G W Service No.: S/17790
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 21
Unit: 9th Bn Gordon Highlanders.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted: Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence:
Home Address:
Previous Address: Wallace Cottages, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Crookhill, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Miner at Stargate Colliery.
How Died: Killed in action
Date of Death: Wednesday 22nd August 1917
Place of Death:
Battle/Campaign: Engagements after the Battle of Langemarck, Belgium, 22nd August 1917.
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Stargate War Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 135 to 136.
Buried: No known grave.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of George William and Margaret Heads of 15 Whitewell Terrace, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Sister: Elizabeth.
Notes : George was given the nickname, Chucky by his friends. It is believed that he was shot dead by a sniper whilst walking in the trenches with his mate, Jack Dodds, of Stargate Colliery. George's father was a miner and worked at Addison Colliery.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War.
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