GEORGE YOXALL 

Rank: Private
Service Number: 14242.
Regiment: 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment Killed In Action Friday 19th May 1916 Age 28County Memorial Middlewich
Commemorated\Buried ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY, MONT-ST. ELOI
Grave\Panel Ref: I. O. 23.
France
George was born in 1888 to Thomas and and Mary Ann Davies. he was the 8th of 9th children, he had 4 brothers and 4 sisters. In 1891 the family was living in Wharton, Winsford and Thomas, was emplyed as a salt boiler. By 1901, George aged 13, was employed as a "cattleboy". By 1911, he was living in a three roomed cottage at Woods row, St Anne's Row, Middlewich, with his 21 year old wife Lucy (warburton). he was a boiler stoker at Brunner Mond.
George joined the Cheshire Regiment on 2nd September 1914 serving with the 10th Battalion. He went to France on 27th September 1915. On the 16th Jan 1916, his service papers show that he was awarded 10 days punishment for failing to obay an orderand leaving the trench without permission.

He was killed in action on the night of the 19th/20th May during action near to Vimy ridge, during a bomb attack on a crater created from a former mine explosion.
On the 17th May the 10th battalion were near near to Mont St Eloi west of Vimy, that evening they proceeded up to the trenches and took over teh line from the 3rd Worcestshire Regiment, the war diary reads:

There was a slight bombardment during the relief but things quietened down later and the night was comparatively quiet.

18th The day was quiet. At 10pm the four post on our left were attacked and heavily bombed, they succeeded in driving those posts in and taking our crater posts (BROADMARSH) a counter attack was organised and some serve hand to hand fighting was engaged, we succeeded in driving the enemy out of a position of the outpost line, but could not retake the crater. Capt. Ellerton was killed, 2nd Lt Young missing, most possibly killed, four other officers wounded; 11 other ranks killed 40 wounded.

19th Some shelling and trench mortar fire during the morning and afternoon. At 9:15pm an attack was made on the portion of our trench and crater that the enemy still held, they were driven out and the posts recaptured and consolidated.

It was during this attack that George recieved his fatal wound. The news reached Middlewich a week or so later and news of it appeared in the local paper. It is stated he was killed by a bomb.

                                 



           Broadmarsh Crater in 2016 where George and at least 13 others died fighting to capture

George was buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St. Eloi with his comardes.


The inscription reads: Gone but not forgotten from wife and daughter.


Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Graeme Ainsworth for the information on George.