Wednesday, 27 April 2011

George Roe 1894 - 1915

Rather pleased that I have been able to add some further detail to the article
http://www.chrishobbs.com/georgeroe1915.htm
George was the first soldier from Sheffield to be executed by the British Army in the First World War, but it has been difficult to aquire further details of his life. Thankfully access to the 1911 Census and then the 1901 Census has meant that I have been able to trace his family. The fuller story can be found by following the link.
George was definitely born in 1894 and not 1896 as stated by the CWGC

But just after I posted this blog I discovered yet another soldier from Sheffield that had been executed by the British Army. His details are as follows

Private Harry Poole, 8534. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mr. A. Poole, of 9, Bernard St., Park, Sheffield. Killed 9 December 1916.
Buried CAVILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY.

Name:     POOLE, HARRY
Nationality:           United Kingdom
Rank:                   Rifleman
Regiment/Service:Yorkshire Regiment
Unit Text:             7th Bn.
Date of Death:     09/12/1916
Service No:         8534
Additional information:     Son of Mr. A. Poole, of 9, Bernard St., Park, Sheffield.
Grave/Memorial Reference:     Near North-West corner.Cemetery:     CAVILLON COMMUNAL CEMETERY.

This discovery now brings the total executed who came from Sheffield to eight. 

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