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Alan & Beverly Leeson
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
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
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.