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Place of Birth: Waddington, Yorkshire
Service No: 6261
Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment
Battalion / Unit: 'D' Coy 2nd Battalion
Division: 8th Division
Date of Death: 1915-03-14
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VII. B. 10.
CWGC Cemetery: VIEILLE-CHAPELLE NEW MILITARY CEMETERY, LACOUTURE
CWGC Memorial: ---
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)
George Hitchen was the son of George and Eliza Hitchen, née Bradley. George, senior, was born at Grindleton and Eliza at Slaidburn, Yorkshire.
1881 Waddington, Yorkshire Census: George Hitchon, aged 3 years, born Waddington, son of George and Eliza Hitchon.
1891 Clitheroe, Lancashire Census: 24, Bawdlands - George Hitchen, aged 13 years, born Waddington, Yorkshire, son of George and Eliza Hitchen.
George was married to Mary Alice Cowperthwaite in 1899.
In 1901 George's wife, Mary, and their 1 year old son were living at 44, Whalley Road with her parents, Doctor John and Elizabeth Cowperthwaite.
1911 Clitheroe, Lancashire Census: 3, Park Street - George Hitchen, aged 33 years, born Waddington, Yorkshire, husband of Mary Alice Hitchen.
British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte George Hitchen, 6261, 2nd East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: ( - ) [France]. Date of entry therein: 20 October 1914.
British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte George Hitchen, 6261, 3rd East Lancs.; 6261, 2nd East Lancs.
Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte George Hitchin, 6261, 2/Bn East Lancashire Regt. Date and Place of Death: 14.3.15 in action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow and sole legatee - Mary Alice. £7 0s. 2d.
George’s brother, Private Fred Hitchen (485865), 1035th Coy. Labour Corps, died on the 10 January 1919 whilst serving in Salonika.
George and his brother Fred are commemorated on the Clitheroe War Memorial.
Photograph courtesy of Carl Brewer.
Data Source: Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-19 Records
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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Private George HITCHEN
Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment
Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 8th Division
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