George Wardle, Private 24303, 2nd Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 12th March 1915 at Wulverghem, Belgium, aged 33.
George Wardle was baptised on 3rd July 1881 at St Paul’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Sarah Jane and John Wardle, a labourer of 32 Leigh Street, Macclesfield. In 1881, 2 month old George was living at that address with his parents and siblings John W. (8) and Ruth (4).
Ten years later in 1891, George was living at 8 Samuel Street with his parents and siblings John W. (17), Arthur (8), Benjamin (7), Mary (4) and Esther (2). By 1901 the family had moved again and George was now 20 years of age, working as a Ropemaker, and living with his widowed mother and siblings Benjamin, Mary, Elizabeth Ann, Annie and Harold at 22 Watercotes (Waterside) in the parish of St Paul’s in Macclesfield.
By 1911 most of George’s siblings had left home and George, employed as a labourer, his mother, and siblings Annie and Harold remained at 22 Waterside.
George arrived in France on 23rd February 1915 and died just three weeks later on 12th March.
Private George Wardle has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 4 and 5 of the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Wardle, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.