George Albert Harding, Able Seaman R/4438, Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Killed in action 19th February 1918 in France, aged 28
Husband of Maria Harding, of 7 Robinson St, Hathershaw, Oldham.
George’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 8 March 1918:
KILLED IN ACTION
Official news has been received of the death in action in France on February 19th of Able-Seaman George Albert Harding, Royal Naval Division, formerly of 69 Bridge St, Macclesfield, whose wife and child now reside at Oldham. Able-Seaman Harding was twenty-eight years of age and was formerly employed at the Lower Heys Mill. He left Macclesfield to take up munition work at Oldham just before joining up.
Able Seaman (AB) George Harding is buried in Grave Ref. II. C. 2. of the Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, France. His widow asked for the inscription “AT REST” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for AB George Harding, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.