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George Thomas MIDDLETON

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Surname: MIDDLETON

Forename(s): George Thomas

Place of Birth: Dent, Yorkshire

Service No: 4863

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Australian Pioneers

Battalion / Unit: 4th (Pioneer) Battalion

Division: 4th Australian Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1918-03-24

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CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. C. 29.

CWGC Cemetery: OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, BAILLEUL

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Local War Memorial: DENT, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SEDBERGH, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

George Thomas Middleton was the son of George and Mabel Middleton, née Harper. Both parents were born at Dent, Yorkshire.

1891 Dent, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - George T. Middleton, aged 3 years, born Dent, son of George and Mabel Middleton.

1901 Dent, Yorkshire Census: Main Street - George Middleton, aged 13 years, born Dent, son of George and Mabel Middleton.

The image of the cap badge also shows the colour patch of the battalion.

A short biography of George is included in: ‘Sedbergh and District 1914-1918 - But who shall return the children?’ Compiled by Sedbergh and District History Society. Edited by Diane Elphick (2016).

Australian service records: www.naa.gov.au › The collection › Popular research topics › Defence › Service records

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Private George Thomas MIDDLETON

Private George Thomas MIDDLETON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Australian Pioneers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Australian Pioneers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Australian Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 4th Australian Division

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Surname: MIDDLETON

Forename(s): George Thomas

Country of Service: Australian

Service Number: 4863

Rank: Private

Regiment: 4th Australian Pioneers

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Died Date: 24/03/1918

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‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (6 April 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

DENT – DIED ON SERVICE

MIDDLETON, Pte. G.T., Australian Pioneer Batt., son of Mrs. Mabel Middleton, of Dent, has died in hospital of pneumonia.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (21 September 1918)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

IN MEMORIAM – DENT

A special service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday evening in memory of local soldiers who have recently given their lives for their country. The six soldiers were Pte. E. Gornall (West Riding Regt.), youngest son of Mr. R. Gornall, of Helmside, who was reported missing on May 2nd, 1917, and now presumed dead. He was formerly a member of the church choir. Pte. J.M. Raw, (West Riding Regt.), son of Mr. R. Raw, of Gawthrop, who was killed in action in France on September 20th, 1917. Pte G.E. Fawcett, (West Riding Regt.), youngest son of Mr. G. Fawcett, of Cowgill, who was killed in action last month, and was previously a member of the Dent church choir. Pte. G.T. Middleton, (Australian Pioneers), youngest son of Mr. Mabel Middleton, who died in hospital. Pte. G. Mason, (A.S.C.), son of Mr. C. Mason, of Slack, who died of sunstroke in Mesopotamia, and Pte. T. Cragg, (West Riding Regt.), who was killed in action on April 18th, 1918. The service opened with the voluntary, ‘O Rest in the Lord’ Mendelssohn) and special psalms and hymns were sung. A suitable sermon was preached by the vicar.

‘The Westmorland Gazette’ (20 December 1919)

(Kindly supplied by Sedbergh & District History Society)

UNVEILING OF MEMORIAL TABLET

A service was held in the Sedbergh Wesleyan Chapel on Sunday evening on the occasion of the unveiling of a tablet in the chapel to the memory of the men of the Sedbergh Wesleyan circuit who made the great sacrifice during the war. The tablet was unveiled by the superintendent minister, Rev. C.H. Stanley, in the presence of a crowded congregation, and he preached a sermon appropriate to the occasion. Suitable hymns were sung, and the choir sang the chorus, ‘No shadows yonder,’ from Gaul’s ‘Holy City.’ Mrs. Stanley sang ‘These are they which came out of great tribulation,’ a solo from the same work. The Dead March in ‘Saul’ was played by Mr. H.C. Trotter. The tablet is of white marble, and bears the following inscription:–‘Roll of heroes in the great war, 1914-1919. Sedbergh Wesleyan circuit. To the glory of God and in grateful memory of William E. Armer, 7th Border Regt.; Fred Bushby, Royal Engineers; Stephen E. Handley, 2nd South Staffs.; Thomas E. Haresnape, Royal Engineers; William Mason, 13th Batt. King’s Own Yorkshires; George Middleton, 4th Australian Pioneers; John Nelson, Royal Scots; Walter Sanderson, Duke of Wellington’s; Robert E. Seddon, 11th Border Regt.; John Winn, 16th Lancashire Fusiliers. Who have given their lives for their country. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul

Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of David Shackleton

Methodist Churchyard, Dent

Methodist Churchyard, Dent

Family gravestone

Methodist Churchyard, Dent

Methodist Churchyard, Dent

Family gravestone - detail of memorial inscription

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05 April 1918

DENT AND COWGILL – Casualties

News has been received by Mr. J. Winn, of Gawthrop, Dent, that his son, Private Percy Winn, Northumberland Fusiliers, has been wounded in both legs and is in hospital at Birmingham. – Corporal Jas. Greenwood, King’s Own, son of Mr. M. Greenwood, of West House, Dent, has been wounded and is being transferred to England. – Mrs. Mabel Middleton, of Dent, has been informed that her son, Private G. T. Middleton, Australian Pioneers Battalion, has died in hospital of pneumonia. – Mr. and Mrs. Benson have received word that their son, Pte. L. Benson, Coldstream Guards, has been wounded and is now in hospital in England.

20 September 1918

DENT – Memorial Service

A special memorial service was held in the Parish Church on Sunday evening, in memory of Dent soldiers who have recently given their lives for their country, viz., Private E. Gornall (West Riding Regiment), youngest son of Mr. R. Gornall, of Helmside, reported missing on May 2nd, 1917, and now presumed dead. He was formerly a member of the Church choir. Private John M. Raw, (West Riding Regiment), son of Mr. R. Raw, of Gawthorpe, killed in action September 20th, 1917; Private G.E. Fawcett, (West Ridings), so of Mr. G. Fawcett, of Cowgill, killed in action last month, and formerly a member of the Dent Church Choir; Private G.T. Middleton (Australian Pioneers), youngest son of Mrs. Mabel Middleton, Dent, died in hospital; Private G. Mason, (A.S.C.), son of Mr. C. Mason, of Slack, died of sunstroke in Mesopotamia; Private T. Cragg (West Ridings), killed in action April 18th, 1918.

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