George Nolan, Private 31389, 19th Battalion, Manchester Regiment
Died 2nd April 1917 in France, aged 22
Son of Thomas and Mary E Nolan, of 44 Water St, Bollington, Macclesfield.
The obituary of Private Nolan was printed in the Macclesfield Times on 4 May 1917:
DIED FIGHTING NOBLY: BOLLINGTON FAMILY’S PROUD RECORD – Private George Nolan, Manchester Regt, son of Mr Thomas Nolan, 44 Water St, Bollington, has met his death in action in France. In addition to the official notification, the following letter has been received from Second Lieutenant J E Lindop Blackely: “I have just heard that your son, Private Nolan, was killed in action on April 2nd… we met out in France. He was a splendid soldier… Whenever there was work to do… he was always willing to go… The last time I saw him was on March 29th, as I was getting out of the trench to attack, and he wished me the best of luck… he died fighting nobly for his country…”
Private George Nolan is buried in Grave Ref. II. D. 30. of the Henin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. His father asked for a cross and the words “HE DIED FOR FREEDOM AND HONOUR MAY HE REST IN PEACE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Nolan.
Locally, Private George Nolan is commemorated on the Bollington (Palmerston St, Methodist Church and Roll of Honour) memorials.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 4 May 1917