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15454 Private George Savage

15454 Private George Savage born in 1896 in Biddulph, Staffordshire. George was the 4th eldest child of David and Hannah Savage of 16 Welsh Row, Mow Cop.


George enlisted on 31st August 1914, he was unmarried, occupation collier, height 5 foot 5 ¼ inches, weight 135lbs, completion fresh, eyes hazel with brown hair, physically fit.


On his Regiment conduct sheet dated 17th September 1915, whist training in Aldershot he was reported for “ When on active service found drunk in Lynchford Road about 9:15pm, George was given 21 days confined to Barracks, the term of his punishment ran from 20/09/1915 – 10/10/1915.


George went to France on 28th September 1915, he died on the 1st October 1916 in Belgium, his body was never found. But there is a very interesting letter dated 18th February 1918 from the “The National Federation of Discharged & Demobilised Sailors & Soldiers, Mow Cop & District Branch” to the Officer of Records, South Lancs Regt, at records office in Shrewsbury, it reads:


Dear Sir,

When 15454 Private George Savage (late 8th Batt South Lancs Regt) of 16 Welsh Row, Mow Cop, Stoke-on-Trent was killed in action Oct 1st 1916, his mother received a letter from his officer stating that he was killed whilst carrying a wounded comrade in? ? (Words very faint). On behalf of his parents I appeal to you to look up this mans records and see if he was recommended for a distinction decoration or mentioned in dispatches. After being in conversation with an eyewitness of this mans heroic death, I am compelled to admit that he deserved one of England’s highest rewards

The letter is signed by a Joseph Higginson (Secretary)


On his Medal Index Record there is no record of any award being made, also there is no record of the letter, George’s mother received; maybe the family still have it.

Medal Card