George Mellors

Sapper

Royal Engineers 6743 59th Field Coy

 

Notes
George was the son of George (senior) and Sarah Mellors. He was baptised at St Mary’s Crich in July 1888 aged ten, and joined the regular army in about 1900. He died of pneumonia in a Norfolk sanatorium on 6th April 1915 aged thirty-six. He is buried in the north west of the churchyard at Cley-next-the-Sea (St Margaret), near Cromer. Sometimes his name was recorded as Mellows.

By 1901 George had left home and was in the army.
He was baptised at St Mary's Church, aged ten on 15 July 1888
He is probably the George Mellows (sic) who is named on the Wesleyan Chapel Memorial Tablet.

Photo courtesy Peter Patilla

WW1 memorial in the Wesley Chapel, Crich

Memorial inside the Wesleyan Chapel, Crich

Ripley & Heanor News 16 April 1915
DEATH OF A CRICH SAPPER
News was received last week by Mr and Mrs George Mellors, of the Common, Crich, of the death of their eldest son Sapper George Mellors of the Royal Engineers, in a sanatorium in Norfolk. Mellors, who was 36 years of age, had seen 16 years service in the Army and was a reservist. He took part in the fighting at Mons and the Marne and Aisne, and apart from a very slight shrapnel wound escaped injury. He, however, contracted a severe chill, and pleurisy and pneumonia set in, and he was invalided back to England.

Belper News 19 September 1919
POSTHUMOUS AWARD
CRICH PARENTS RECEIVE LATE SON’S 1914 STAR

Mr and Mrs George Mellors of Crich Common, have this week received from the War Office the 1914 Star and Scroll, posthumous award to their son, Sapper George Mellors of the Royal Engineers, who served 16 years in the army, and being on the Reserve was amongst the first to go to the front in August 1914. He served under three Sovereigns, and was on duty at Queen Victoria’s funeral. He got invalided, and was sent to a sanatorium in Norfolk, where he died on April 6, 1916. Sapper Mellors was over 6 foot in height, single and 31 years of age at the time of his death

Medal Roll Index Card
Victory, British War and 14 Star Medals
His father applied for the 14 Star medal; 12 East View, The Common, Crich

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Name MELLOR GEORGE
Initials G
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Sapper
Regiment/Service Royal Engineers
Unit 29th Field Coy
Date of Death 06/04/15
Service No 6743
Additional Information  
Casualty type  
Grave/Memorial Reference North-West of Church
Cemetery CLEY-NEXT-THE-SEA (ST MARGARET) CHURCHYARD

War Graves certificare for George Mellor in WW1


CENSUS INFORMATION

1891: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
George Mellors Snr Head 41 Shoe maker Crich
Sarah A Mellors wife 35   Newcastle, Staffs
George Mellors son 12   Crich
John Mellors son 7   Crich

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