Sharpley, George

George Sharpley, Private 202540, 10th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment
Killed in action 4th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 18

 

EARLY LIFE

Son of Mrs. Sarah Ellen Sharpley, of 4, Cotton St., Macclesfield.

More information will be added when research is complete.

 

WW1 SERVICE

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.

 

COMMEMORATION

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.

Locally, George Sharpley is commemorated on the Macclesfield Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St George’s Street Baptist Church war memorials.

 

NOTES

Brother of Mark Sharpley, who served with the Cheshire Regiment and was killed in April 1918.

 

SOURCES

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website

Macclesfield Advertiser: 2 November 1918


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