George Powell, CSM 45, “A” Coy. 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died 10th August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 42
Son of John and Jane Powell, of Mottram St. Andrew, Prestbury, Macclesfield, Cheshire; husband of Amy Powell, of 16 Duke St, Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Foreman bricklayer. Served for 25 years with the 5th Cheshire Volunteers. Treasurer to the Wilmslow District of United Free Gardeners and the Yew Tree Lodge of Free Gardeners.
George Powell’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 24 September 1915:
POPULAR NCO FATALLY WOUNDED – Mrs Powell, 16 Duke St, Alderley Edge, has received news that her husband, Company-Sergeant-Major George Powell, “A” Company, 1/7th Cheshire Regt, was killed in action on August 10th at the Dardanelles. The deceased was a keen and efficient soldier. He joined the 5th Cheshire Volunteers about 25 or 26 years ago, holding the rank of Sergeant at the time of the formation of the Territorial Force under Lord Haldane’s scheme, He was one of the Territorials who went to Chester when the late King Edward VII presented colours to the Cheshires. Company-Sergt-Major Powell was a great favourite with both officers and men, as is shown by the following letter from Captain Rigby to his widow:
“Dear Mrs Powell, It is with the deepest regret that I write to tell you of your brave husband’s death. He has been my Sergeant-Major since the commencement of my connection with the Wilmslow Company, and later was Sergeant-Major of “A” Company. His loss is irreparable. He has been a most careful and energetic soldier, never failing in his duty and devotion, and always working hard for his Captain and men. On the morning of August 10th, I was with him from one a.m. to six a.m. and during the whole time he was most assiduous in getting all the men to entrench themselves. At six o’clock Quarter-Master-Sergeant Sambrook joined us, And we chatted for half an hour. At 6.30 we got the order to advance. I gave the order, and we advanced the whole line in perfect order, and your husband was as cool as on parade. The men went forward with him, and soon afterwards I heard he had been hit in the foot, and while he was attending to this wound, was fatally wounded. I got wounded myself almost immediately afterwards, and had to lie on the field six hours before I got away. I then heard that your husband had been killed…”
In civil life the late Company-Sergeant-Major was engaged as foreman bricklayer by Messrs Isaac Massey & Sons, contractors, Alderley Edge. His employers had every confidence in the deceased, and entrusted him with the best of their work. All the men with whom he came in contact entertained the highest respect for him.
Company-Sergeant-Major Powell took a deep interest in friendly society work. he held the position of treasurer to the Wilmslow District of United Free Gardeners and the Yew Tree Lodge of Free Gardeners. It was chiefly through his efforts that the Yew Tree Lodge boasts its present rate of solvency. Deceased leaves a widow and four children to mourn their loss…
CSM George Powell has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 75 to 77 on the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for CSM George Powell, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Locally, CSM George Powell is commemorated on the Alderley Edge, Prestbury St Peter’s Church and Mottram St Andrew war memorials.