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Photo courtesy Neta Stone
George Henry Henson was born at Crich on 14th October 1898. He was the second of the six children of Lewis Henson and Elizabeth Ann Harrison, all of whom were boys. George was a lifelong resident of Crich.
Prior to the war George was employed on the Clay Cross Company’s mineral railway running between Cliff Quarry at Crich and the company’s lime kilns at Ambergate. Initially George worked as an engine driver, but spent the majority of his working life maintaining the engines as a skilled engineer.
During the war George served as a Private with the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and saw active service in France. He was wounded in action, being shot through the leg, and spent a period in convalescence.
Like many of the Crich men he received a postcard and postal order from the Parish of Crich and the Crich Women’s Knitting Guild.
After he was honourably discharged from the army, George returned to his occupation as an engineer on the mineral railway and married Eva Dorothy Roberts in 1926. They had three children together, a girl and two boys. After Cliff Quarry closed in 1957, and the mineral railway ceased to operate, George worked for Stevenson’s Dye Works at Ambergate, retiring at 72 years of age.
George Henry Henson passed away at Crich on 26 December 1978, aged 80 years.
George was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
1939 Register: Chapel Lane, Crich
George H Henson b.14 October 1898; locomotive driver fitter, heavy worker
Eva D Henson b.14 May 1903
Three closed records
1901: Crich Common
|Lewis||Henson||Head||27||Horse keeper lime kilns||Crich|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 17 page 25
1911: Crich Common
|Lewis||Henson||Head||38||Horse keeper lime kilns||Belper|
|not christened||Henson||son||under 1 month||Crich|
RG14PN20983 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED12 SN79