Private George Baldwin

Army Number: 16290

Battalion: 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.

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Son of John and Eliza Baldwin, of 42, Coburn Street, Sutton-In-Ashfield. He worked as a stoker at Sutton-in-Ashfield gasworks. He enlisted at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He went to France 27th August 1915, and was severely wounded 1st July 1916, in the attack on the German positions at Ovillers, France, on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and died 7th July 1916, aged 29 at Victoria Hospital, Stretford, Manchester, England.



With full military honours, the remains of the late Private Geo. Baldwin, whose home was in Silk-street, Sutton, were laid to rest in the Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. [22nd July 1916] As mentioned in our last issue, Pte. Baldwin was wounded in the head by shrapnel on July 1st, and died in Stretford Hospital last week. He was 29 years of age and single, and was formerly engaged as a stoker at the Sutton Gasworks. He enlisted in the 11th Battalion Sherwood Foresters in October, 1914.

The internment on Saturday afternoon as witnessed by a very large concourse of people, the last rites being conducted by the Rev. H. V. Turner. The body was conveyed to the Parish Church on a gun-carriage and was covered by the Union Jack – the flag for which Pte. Baldwin had fought and died – whilst a firing party and bearers (in command of 2nd Lieut. Denison (K.O.Y.L.I.) together with the regimental band (Bandmaster-Sergeant Allison) were in attendance from Clipstone Camp.

The service in church was of an impressive character; the well-known hymn “Abide with Me,” was sung by the congregation, and the organist played the Dead March and “O, Rest in the Lord.” Headed by the processional cross and borne by soldiers, the coffin was subsequently carried reverently to the cemetery, where the Citizen Army under Lieut. E. S. B. Hopkin were drawn up round the grave. After the firing of the customary volley over the grave, the “Last Post” was sounded.

The chief mourners were: – Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin, father and mother; William and Eliza Baldwin, brother and sister; Charlie and Pattie Baldwin, brother and sister; Harry and Dina, brother and sister; Luke and Mary Ann Bateman, uncle and aunt; Tom and Sally Stocks, uncle and aunt; Tom and Sally Stocks, uncle and aunt; Annie and George Stocks, cousins; Annie Stocks, cousin; Mr. and Mrs. Brown, cousins; Mr. and Mrs. Orton, Joe, Edith Orton, Fred Oscroft and A. Gregory, friends.

Floral tributes were sent by Mother and Father; Charlie, Harry and Pattie, brothers and sister; Uncle Luke and Aunt Mary Ann Bateman; William and Eliza Baldwin, brother and Sister; Uncle; Cousin Gerty; Cousin Ethel; Staff at the Victoria Hospital, Stretford; Fellow-workers at Gasworks; Mr. Slack, Devonshire Arms; Mr. and Mrs. J. Walton; Made and Rawlins Walton; Friends from Silk-street; Miss A. Smith; Miss Cudworth; Mrs. Hickling; Mr. Fred Oscroft.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. A. Walton.

Mansfield Reporter & Sutton Times,’ 28th July 1916. 

Buried Sutton-In-Ashfield Cemetery, United Kingdom. Plot A. Row J, Grave 1216

Private George Baldwin grave

Private George Baldwin is also commemorated on the following local memorials:–
Sutton War Memorial (St. Michael and All Angels Cross), Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.
Sutton-in-Ashfield Cemetery War Memorial, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.