|Canadian Expeditionary Force
Born at Fritchley, George became the adopted son of John and Dorothy Ollerenshaw of Crich. As a wire trimmer he joined the Royal Garrison Artillery (Regimental Number 4913) 4th July 1900, aged 23 years and 5 months. He immigrated to Canada in 1912 on ss Sardinian for Halifax, Nova Scotia arriving on 15 August 1912. and immediately enlisted with the Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery. His WW1 service was wholly on coastal defence at Halifax Garrison, until demob in May 1919. He married a widow, Georgina Beatrice Fagan, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 22 December 1921. He was still a serving soldier at the time, resident at Halifax Citadel.
Attestation papers: Canada
Born 3 February 1876 at Crich. Address Sandwich Battery, Halifax, N.S. Attested 4 March 1918 at Halifax, aged forty-two, height 5 foot 9 inches. Blue eyes with dark hair. Previously served with RGA for 7 years 10 months, RCGA 6 years. Next of kin was his brother Thomas Beighton, Station House, Gloucester Central.
[ Interestingly he refused to sign the Declaration.]
In the Canadian attestation papers his address was given as the Sandwich Battery, Halifax which would match his service with the Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery.
RG11 piece 3415 folio 49 page 13
1891: Chapel Lane, Crich
|John||Ollerenshaw||Head||60||Brakesman, Clay Cross Co||Crich|
RG12 piece 2747 folio 8 page 10