George Shipston (1875–1918)


South Staffordshire Regiment 28589  
King’s Own Scottish Borderers 28589 1st Battalion

George and his brother Thomas were the sons of William and Sarah Shipston (Shipstone). William was a Crich grocer who died in March 1877, aged forty-three, when his children were still very young.

Born in 1875, George worked as a wheelwright before enlisting into the South Staffordshire Regiment at Matlock. He was later transferred into the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and died in Flanders, of wounds received, on 17th October 1918 aged forty-two. He was buried at Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery at Ypres.

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Ancestry Record
Formerly 28589 South Staffs Regt. Enlisted at Matlock. He died of his wounds on 17 October 1918 in Flanders.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier, 28 Oct 1918
Mr William Shipston, Crich, had a telegram from the Records Office on Wednesday informing him that his brother, Private George Shipston Kings Own Scottish Borderers, had died on 17 October at the 11th Casualty Clearing Station, France, from gunshot wounds in the abdomen. Private Shipston’s sister, Mrs C. Willmott, of near the church, had received a letter the day previously from Private Shipston’s friend, informing her that her brother was wounded on 16 October. Private Shipston who was in his 43rd year and single, joined up in March 1916. He went to France a year and seven months ago.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials G
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service King's Own Scottish Borderers
Unit 1st Bn.
Age 42
Date of Death 17/10/18
Additional Information Son of William and Sarah Shipston, of Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference IV. G. 22

War Graves Certificate for George Shipston WW1

WW1 headstone for George Shipston

28589 Private George Shipston
K.O. Scottish Borderers
17th October 1918 aged 42

George is also remembered on his brothers' headstone in St Mary's churchyard.

Photo courtesy Simon Johnson

Headsone for Thomas Shipston at Crich

Soldiers' Effects Book
George Shipston; 1st Bn King’s Own Scottish Borderers; Private 28589; died of wounds France 17.10.18; War Gratuity £11 10s 0d; paid out to:
27.2.20 brother William £15 15s 5d
27.2.20 brother William £11 10s 0d

George Shipston's brother Thomas Shipston is also on the Roll of Honour.


1881: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Mary Shipston Head wdw 39 Grocer Pentrich
Mary Shipston daughter 9   Crich
George Shipston son 5   Crich
Thomas Shipston son 3   Crich

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1891: Pentrich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
George Shipstone nephew 16 Farm assistant Crich

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1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Sarah Shipston Head (wdr) 59 Own means Pentrich
William Shipston son 32 Farmer Crich
George Shipston son 25 Wheelwright Crich
Thomas Shipston son 23 Stone Mason Crich
Anne Scarf visitor (wdw) 35 Infant teacher Brighton

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1911: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Shipston Head 42 Farmer Crich
Mary Shipston sister 39 Housekeeper Crich
George Shipston brother 17 Wheelwright Crich
Thomas Shipston brother 33 Stonemason Crich
Ina Alicia Scarff visitor (wdw) 49 Elementary School Teacher Brighton

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1918 Crich voters
George Shipstone, Crich; absent on military service.