George Sharpley, Private 202540, 10th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 18
Son of Mrs. Sarah Ellen Sharpley, of 4, Cotton St., Macclesfield.
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George’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Advertiser on 2 November 1917:
PRIVATE G SHARPLEY
Mr and Mrs G Sharpley, of 4 Cotton St, Macclesfield, have received a letter… informing them that their son George, a private in the Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action on October 4th: “He did his duty, and died a soldier’s death. I had known your son for some time, and appreciated his worth…” Deceased, who was only 18 years of age, received his education at Mill Street Wesleyan School, and was connected with the St George’s Street Baptist Church, being a member of the choir. When he joined up twelve months ago he was an apprentice designer at Messrs Smale and Sons’ Park Lane Mill, and he went to France on the 6th August. His brother, Private Mark Sharpley, Cheshire Regiment, is at Salonika. He is 21 years of age and enlisted three days after the war broke out. He has also seen service in France. A memorial service for the late Private G Sharpley was held at the Baptist Chapel on Sunday morning.
Private George Sharpley has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 52 to 54 and 162A on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Sharpley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Mark Sharpley, who served with the Cheshire Regiment and was killed in April 1918.