But just six months later George lost his life due to the wounds he received on the Somme. Maud was the 21 year old daughter of Thornhill Unwin and it whilst I was researching the UNWIN name I came across this obituary in the Sheffield and Rotherham Independent dated 9th April 1881.
AN OCTOGENARIAN GRINDER.
The theory that grinders are never long-lived is not borne out by the experience of Mr Benjamin Unwin, spring-knife grinder, who died a few days ago at the advanced age of 82, after a life spent in pursuit of his calling. He worked at the trade named without any intermission from his youth until a few years ago, and he never suffered from what is commonly known as the grinders' complaint. He was of a cheerful and hopeful disposition, and scrupulously temperate, which may perhaps have much to do with the manner in which he retained his health, and was unaffected by the injurious conditions of his calling.
In politics he was a sincere Radical. He had a great facility for expressing his opinions, and a singularly retentive memory enabled him to recall with precision the great political events of his time.
Quite a remarkable longevity for a Sheffield grinder who life expectancy on average was barely 35 years of age.
Benjamin was buried in Sheffield's Wardsend Cemetery on 7th April 1881
UNWIN Benjamin 7 Apr 1881 Cromwell St Nth 81
As far as I can ascertain he is not related to Thornhill Unwin and his daughter Maud