27989 Sergeant George Alexander Hall - 71st Heavy Bty, Royal Garrison Artillery
George’s service record hasn’t survived but according to a 1917 newspaper report, he enlisted into the army in 1908 in Doncaster, when he had just turned 17. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery and the 1911 census shows George as a gunner, serving with the 71st Heavy Battery in India. His occupation was listed as an electrician and he spent six years there. In 1914 he came home on short leave, and entered France on 15th February 1915.
George was killed in action by splinters from an enemy shell during a heavy bombardment of his battery position on 16th August 1917, aged 28 and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium. His Medal Index Card shows that he was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Months before Winterton War Memorial was unveiled in December 1920, George’s father and stepmother moved to 23 Park Street, Winterton.
Photo: courtesy of Hull Daily Mail
78018 Private Arthur John Kendall - 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry
The 1908 electoral register shows his brother George Albert KENDALL living in High Street, Winterton, and by 1911 Arthur was living with George in Queen Street, Winterton. George and his family continued to live in Winterton until 1914.
At some point, Arthur travelled to Canada and passenger records show him returning via New York, USA and arriving in Liverpool on 31st July 1915 on board the SS Orduna. His destination address was noted as ‘194 High Street, Scunthorpe, Doncaster’.
Canadian service records show Arthur enlisting into the 30th Reserve Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force on 11th February 1916 in Hythe, Kent, UK.
The Circumstances of Death Registers of the First World War gives Arthur’s entry as “DIED” (Pneumonia) At No.4 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on 11th October 1918, aged 42. Arthur is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France.