Simcox, George

George Simcox, Rifleman 94514, 1st/6th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment)
Died of wounds 17th August 1918 in France, aged 19

 

EARLY LIFE

George Symcock was born on 16th March 1899 and baptised on 5 August 1900 at St Peter’s Church, Caverswall, Staffordshire, the son of Louisa Symcock of Hulme. In 1901, one-year-old George was living at Hulme with his mother and two sisters, Alice (9) and Amy (5).

In 1906, George’s mother married William Steel at St Peter’s Church, Caverswall. By 1911 George’s family had moved to Shellow Cottage, Gawsworth, Cheshire; they later moved to Broken Cross, Macclesfield.

George’s surname was also recorded as Simcock or Simcox.

 

MILITARY SERVICE

The death of Rifleman George Simcox was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 25 October 1918:

RIFLEMAN GEORGE SIMCOX, Liverpool Rifles, died of wounds in France on August 17th, was the son of Mrs Steele, 55 Whirley Rd, Broken Cross. He was 19 years of age and had been in France since March 29th of this year. Prior to enlisting he was employed by Mr Grainger, Monks Heath, as an agricultural horseman. He joined up at the age of 18 in the training reserve, and successively served in the Manchesters, King’s Liverpool Regt and the Liverpool Rifles. Rifleman Simcox was educated at Broken Cross and attended Henbury Church. Second-Lieut K D B Pocklington, writing to the deceased’s mother, says: Rifleman Simcox died of wounds received on the morning of 17th August. He was on duty with several others when a shell burst amongst them, killing three and severely wounding three. I always found your son a very wiling and ready soldier.

 

COMMEMORATION

Rifleman George Simcox is buried at Houchin British Cemetery, in grave ref. II. B. 21. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Rifleman George Simcox, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Rifleman George Simcox is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and the Henbury and Broken Cross war memorials.

 

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SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages
Staffordshire Baptisms (Find My Past)
Staffordshire BMD marriage index

Census (England & Wales): 1901
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
WWI British Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects
Lives of the First World War website

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 25 October 1918

 

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