|Leicestershire Yeomanry||67221/34199||3rd Battalion|
|Gloucestershire Regiment||38241||2/6 Battalion|
|Labour Corps||477826||A Coy|
Photo courtesy Kathryn Campbell
George was born 28 Novemebr 1893 and, like his father and brother Albert, worked at Lea Mills. He joined the forces on 24th November 1916 and received a regular supply of parcels from J. B.Marsden Smedley of Lea Mills. He trained in East Yorkshire before going to France with the B.E.F. He landed in France in April 1917 and an extract from letter published in the Parish Magazine noted April 22nd 1917 ‘I have landed back in army life’. A note, also published in the Parish Magazine, dated August/ September 1917 says, ‘A few lines to let you know I am in Hospital. I have had a fortnight of it now’. The reasons for his time in hospital do not become clearer until he wrote a letter on 21 October 1918 thanking the Company for the parcel sent earlier that month. The letter also contains information about his medical condition, ‘I wrote to you last Friday regarding my low grade and hope that you will put in an application for me being released from the army to come back to work as I am B now which is next to discharge’. The Company recorded on 28th August 1919 that he had returned from the war, had been re-employed but left suffering from Trench Fever. It is not known whether he also suffered wounding. Trench Fever is a disease causing pain in the joints and muscles, prevalent among soldiers living in the trenches, caused by a Rickettsia and transmitted by lice. Rickettsia is a micro-organism found in lice and ticks and when transferred to man by a lice, causes typhus and other serious diseases.
By Aug 1918 he had been re-employed at Lea Mills. By the late 1930s, the family lived at Ripley.
Photo courtesy Nellie Brumwell
Medal Index Record
He was awarded awarded the Victory and British War medals
Lea Mills letters
In response to the parcels George received from Lea Mills he wrote to Mr J.B. Marsden Smedley expressing his gratitude.
[HEADED PAPER “FOR GOD & KING & COUNTRY/ Y.M.C.A./ WITH/ H.M.FORCES ON ACTIVE SERVICE”
Pte Geo. Allwood
No 34199 F Company, Hut No 6
Sunk Island Battery
Just a few lines to let you know that I received your mist welcome parcel this morning, which I thank you very much for, me and my pal have had the sardines for tea to day they went down better than the bread and dripping that we should have had to have had. again thanking you I remain yours sincerely
Just a few lines to let you know I have received your welcome parcel for which I thank you very much for I had just come out of trenches and it came in very handy again thanking your for parcel.
Pte Geo. Allwood 38241
[POSTCARD possibly pre-printed by Smedley and has ‘passed by Censor no 4250’ 20 Dec 17 and on side of writing is a stamp with date 30 Dec 17]
2/6 Glosters Regt
c/o A P O S 15
Just a few lines to let you know that I have received your welcome parcel today for which I thank you for they will come in very handy as we are having some very cold weather out here, again thanking you
I am your obedient servant
Pte Geo Allwood
[ON HEADED NOTEPAPER “ ON ACTIVE SERVICE WITH THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE/ YMCA LOGO” ]
Just a few lines to let you know that I have received your parcel dated 9/1/18 yesterday For which I thank you for, but am sorry to say that it was all broken up so I only received the remains of it, but what little I did get was very much appreciated [Spelling as written] as things are out here: we are having some very ice weather at present, so again thanking you for parcel and wishing you the best of health and the best of prosperity I remain yours
Pte Geo Allwood,
477826 13 Section, 51 Labour Company BEF
No 477826 A Company
just a few lines to let you know that I have received your welcome parcel today for which I thank you for, everything in the parcel is very good I wrote to you last Friday regarding ?my low grade and hope that you will put in an application for me being released from the army to come back to work again as I am B now which is next to discharge trusting you will oblige, gain thanking you for the parcel.
I remain your Obedient Servant
Pte George Allwood
George's brother Albert Allwood also served during the Great War.
|William||Allwood||Head||36||Hosiery factory hand||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 36 page 17
|William||Allwood||Head (married)||46||Hosiery factory hand||Crich|
|Elizabeth||Allwood||wife||47||Middleton by Wirksworth|
|William||Allwood||son||22||Hosiery factory hand||Crich|
|Sarah||Allwood||daughter||21||Hosiery factory hand||Crich|
|George||Allwood||son||17||Hosiery factory hand||Crich|
RG14PN20985 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED14 SN79
1939 Register: Heath Road, Ripley
George Allwood b.29 November 1893; Coal salesman
Lily M Allwood b.1 June 1895