George Tallent, L/Cpl 202384, 1st/4th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action 9th April 1918 in France, aged 24
George Tallent was born on 15 December 1893 in Clitheroe, Lancashire and baptised on 15 April 1894 at Norbury Parish Church, London Road, Hazel Grove, Cheshire, the son of Alice and Winson Holgate Tallent, a manufacturer of Clitheroe. By 1901, the family had moved to Macclesfield where Winson was landlord of the Lord Byron Inn at 41 Bridge Street (now Chapel Street), south Macclesfield; the family remained at this address until after 1911.
George was educated at Christ Church and St George’s School, and later attended Macclesfield Grammar School. In 1911, at the age of 17, George was employed as a clerk in the Surveyor of Taxes office, while his two older brothers, Frank (23) and John (19), both worked as railway clerks, and fifteen-year-old Godfrey was employed as an auctioneer’s clerk.
George enlisted in the South Lancashire Regiment with service number 4728 and was later given the service number 202384. He was drafted to France in 1916, and was officially reported wounded on 20 August 1917.
On 4 May 1918, the Macclesfield Courier reported that George had been killed:
PRIVATE (sic) GEORGE TALLENT, of the South Lancashire Regiment, was killed in action on April 9th in France. Official intimation to this effect was received by Mrs Tallent, of 14, London Rd, Stockport, but formerly of Macclesfield, on Wednesday morning. Private Tallent was educated at Christ Church and St George’s Schools, Macclesfield, and finished off at Macclesfield Grammar School. He was 24 years of age, and prior to joining the Army was in the employ of Messrs Guthrie and Co., Chartered Accountants, of Manchester. He had been in France nearly two years, and was slightly wounded and gassed last summer. He was home on leave in the early days of December last.
Brother of Winson Tallent, who served as Gunner 705622 with “C” Bty. 275th Bde. Royal Field Artillery and died of wounds the day after George, on 10 April 1918; Frank Tallent, who served as 2nd Lieut. with the Royal Field Artillery and was awarded a silver war badge and invalided out of the Army in November 1916; John Tallent, who served as Sgt 122185 with the Royal Garrison Artillery at A.A. Gun Station, Ingatestone, Essex; and Godfrey Tallent, who served as Driver (Motor Transport) 13326 with the Australian Imperial Force.
L/Cpl George Tallent is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, France, grave ref. IV. C. 29. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for L/Cpl George Tallent, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
In Macclesfield, L/Cpl George Tallent is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church, Christ Church School and Macclesfield Grammar School war memorials. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Hazel Grove (Civic) and Norbury (St Thomas) Church, London Road, war memorials.
Cheshire Parish Baptism Registers (Find My Past): Norbury Parish Church, near Stockport
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
War Office Weekly Casualty Lists (The Genealogist)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Courier: 4 May 1918