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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

War Grave Wednesday - G. J. Devonshire

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".
George James Devonshire was born in 1891 in Slough Buckinghamshire (now Berkshire) to William Herbert Devonshire, a butcher, and his wife Sarah Ann May.
In 1901 George and his family were living in Middle Green, Langley Marsh, Buckinghamshire.  However in 1911 George can be found working as a cowman on a farm and lodging with Emma Plum a 66 year old widow and her son Fred, in Hurley Village, Berkshire.

In 1915 in Maidenhead George married Edith Eaton and they lived together in 58  Powney Road, Maidenhead.

George first enlisted with the Royal Berkshire Regiment, later being transferred to the Labour Corps.
Sadly George was to pass away the day after World War I came to an end.  He left behind his wife Edith and their son also named George James.


  1. Too many of our gravestones don't carry any other information than just a name. It's much more interesting when they do!

    1. I find it rather sad that these stones don't even bare their full name when they gave so much for their country.

  2. I, too, have found it difficult tracing information on some of these war graves. perhaps he died of injuries sustained during the war. I wonder if he knew the war had ended?

    1. It is difficult given that many of the records were destoryed in WWII. Not only that many man lied about their age as well as other things to be able to fight for their country.

      I would like to think that he knew the war had been won. Maybe it would have given him peace.

  3. Oi, that is the worst--to die one day after the war's end.

  4. It's nice that you were able to find some information about this man. And yes, too bad that he died right after the war ended.


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