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George BLAND

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Surname: BLAND

Forename(s): George

Place of Birth: Crosshills, Yorkshire

Service No: 3/12826

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 8th (Service) Battalion

Division: 11th (Northern) Division

Age: 28

Date of Death: 1916-09-24

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Pier and Face 6 A and 6 B.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---




Additional Information:

George Bland was the son of William and Mary Ann Bland, née Hustler. William was born at Bingley and Mary at Wilsden, Yorkshire. George's sister, Hannah Maria, was married to Private Lewis Binns (4177) (q.v.).

1891 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: Green Lane - George Bland, aged 3 years, born Glusburn, son of William and Mary Ann Bland.

1901 Glusburn, Yorkshire Census: 6, Croft House Terrace - George Bland, aged 13 years, born Kildwick, Yorkshire, son of William and Mary A. Bland.

George was married to Margaret Ellen Boardman in 1909.

1911 Sutton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: 8, Lister Well - Margaret E. Bland, aged 25 years, born Liverpool, Lancashire. [George was not at home.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte George Bland, 3/12826, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (2B) Balkans. Date of entry therein: 7.9.15. K. in A. 24.9.16.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte George Bland, 3/12826, 8 W. Rid. R. K. in A. 24.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte George Bland, 12826, 8th Bn W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 24.9.16. France. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Margaret Ellen. £2 4s. 1d. Self and child. War Gratuity: Widow - Margaret Ellen. £5 10s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for George. Name(s) on card(s): Widow: Margaret Ellen, born 31.1.86. Address: 3, Wilson Street, Cross Hills, Keighley, Yorks. Children: Edith Bland, born 21.9.10.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BLAND, Geo., West Riding Regiment, Wilson Street, [Crosshills], Sept. 30, 1916.


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Private George BLAND

Private George BLAND

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 11th (Northern) Division

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Surname: BLAND

Forename(s): George

Born: Cross Hills, Yorks

Residence: Cross Hills

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 3/12826

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 8th Battalion


Died Date: 24/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: BLAND

Forename(s): George

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3/12826

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 8th Bn.

Age: 28


Died Date: 24/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of William and Mary Ann Bland; husband of Margaret Ellen Bland, of 3, Park St., Crosshills, Keighley, Yorks.

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BRITISH BATTALIONS ON THE SOMME, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1994)

8th (Service) Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Relieved 7th South Staffordshire in front line Ovillers (23/9). To Bouzincourt (26/9).

[George Bland was killed on the 24th September 1916.]


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27 October 1916


Mrs. George Bland, of Main Street, Crosshills, has received an official communication from the War Office stating that her husband, Private George Bland, of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment, was killed in action in France on the 29th September. Pte. Bland was a Glusburn young man and enlisted about eighteen months ago. After training for some months he went with his regiment to the Dardanelles and afterwards to Egypt. He was also in hospital at Malta for several months suffering from fever. He went to France about six months ago. Since leaving this country he had not been home on leave. He was 28 years of age and leaves a wife and young daughter with whom great sympathy is felt.

Pte. Bland always wrote home in a cheerful strain and in his last letter (written on September 20th) to his wife he said:- "I am glad to tell you I was one of the lucky ones to come out without a scratch. I have just been talking to Tom Hill and he had to go up as well. He was fetching wounded in and putting the dead heroes away after we got over. I have not heard anything of McVay, of Sutton Mill, who went over with the same company as me. They are a fainted-hearted lot of Germans that we face; they gave themselves up in hundreds. When we got over into their trenches we had a bit of a melee. They were in dugouts 60 feet down in the ground, and they are like palaces - beds and everything in them; but I am pleased to tell you they are ours now. I saw Edgar Green the other day and R. Whiteoak, Phillips, Chapman and L. Grainger's husband, and they are all doing well."

17 November 1916


Mrs. George Bland, of Mann Street, Crosshills, has received a letter from the chaplain (the Rev. T. Rees) of the West Riding Regiment, concerning her husband, Private George Bland, who was killed in action on September 29th.

The letter states:- "It is my sad duty to tell you that your husband, Private George Bland, of this regiment, was killed in action on September 23rd. I am the chaplain of this regiment, and it was I who buried your husband. It was impossible to bring the body down to the cemetery behind the firing line, so he was buried just where he fell near the front line trenches. He was hit by a shell and death was instantaneous. A little wooden cross was put up to mark the grave. Your grief must be great and you have my deepest sympathy. Your husband died a hero's death - died nobly in a noble cause, but still your sorrow is not lessened by that fact. What will give you comfort now is the knowledge that death is not the end of life. Try to think of your husband not as dead, but as living now, and as living more fully than he ever did this side of the veil. May he rest in peace and may God support and comfort you in your sorrow."

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03 March 1916


GLUSBURN SOLDIER'S LETTERS HOME - Pte. George Bland, of the 8th Duke of Wellington's, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bland of Green Lane, Glusburn, writing home to his parents, tells of some very trying experiences through which he has had to pass since leaving home in August last for the Dardanelles. In referring to the country, Pte. Bland says: "There is not much to see out here except black mountains, a few farms and the sea. We have managed to get into a village once, but we could not stick it, it was black with the dead and the stench was awful." In recent letters, Pte. Bland writes from St. Paul's Hospital, Malta, where he is suffering from jaundice. He speaks in high terms of the treatment he has received while in the hospital, everything being done for him that is possible. In referring to the town, he says: "It is a very nice place; lonely. The people here are mixed, some black, others brown. The women do beautiful silk work, some of which I intend to send you now that I have received some pay." Referring to the Gallipoli campaign, he says: "We thought once over we had the Turks beaten. We got them fairly on the run, but we were short of reinforcements, and could not carry the job through. We are not allowed to tell much in our letters, which are all censored; but I will tell you one thing that happened while we were in the trenches. A friend of mine complained of internal pains and remarked, "I will bet you a shilling, George, that when we get out of here I shall have to go to hospital." Scarcely had the words been spoken when a shrapnel shell burst near him and blew off one of his legs, so his words came true. He cried and fretted very much about his wife and children. At times it is like murder here, and at other times you would think there was no war. Two of our biggest enemies are water in the trenches and flies. They are horrible." In his last letter home he writes: "I am fit again and am going to Egypt. I should have liked to come home but I shall be glad to have a look at some of the places in Egypt. Some of the things I have passed through have been like hell, but it is our duty, and has to be done by somebody."

27 October 1916

BLAND - On September 30th, killed in action in France, Pte. G. Bland, of the West Riding Regiment, of Sutton.

27 October 1916


Mrs. George Bland, of Wilson Street, Crosshills, has received official information that her husband, Private George Bland, of the West Riding Regiment, was killed in action in France on September 30th. Pte. Bland joined the forces in March 1915, and went out with his regiment in the July following to Gallipoli, where he went through some very severe fighting without receiving a scratch. While there his health broke down and he was taken to Malta where he remained for some time in hospital. While there he entertained strong hopes of having his first leave home. In this he was disappointed, for on recovery he was transferred to Egypt and thence to France. In his last letter to his wife he writes:- "I am quite all right, after what we went through. I am glad to tell you I was one of the lucky ones to come out without a scratch. I have just been talking to Tom Hill. He was fetching in the wounded and putting the dead heroes away. The Germans we faced were a faint-hearted lot. To tell you the truth, they gave themselves up by hundreds. They were paid and they knew it. They threw up their hands and cried for mercy. We are doing well here. When we went through their trenches it was a bit of a melee. Some of their dugouts were nearly 60 feet deep. They were like palaces - beds and everything. They are ours now." In closing, Pte. Bland refers to the local lads he had just seen - E. Green, R. Whiteoak, Phillips, Chapman and others. He considered things are looking so well that it won't last long.

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