Corporal George Edward Long

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Born in Blenheim, Oxfordshire, the son of gamekeeper Edward Long and his wife Elizabeth. By 1901 the family had moved to Merrow in Guildford, and then to ‘Vann Platt’ in Ockley. He worked as a gardener and gamekeeper at Tiphams in Weare Street which was part of the Grenehurst estate in Capel.

Ockley Parish Magazine records: George was, for a time, a member of our choir and helped with the Choral Society and football team. He was a fine young fellow, respected and popular. Only a short time ago, he was home on leave.

George Long Death Notice 30th December 1916 © Dorking Advertiser

He enlisted at Guildford in February 1915 and was serving at the Front by August that year.

George Long Death Notice 10th June 1916 © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

He was killed on 26 May 1916 while on mining fatigue duties behind the lines. His company were on respite from the trenches behind the Somme.

Born                            Oxford
Lived                           Ockley, Dorking

Son of                         Edward and Elizabeth Long

Enlisted                        Guildford

Regiment                     2nd Battalion. The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                       G/4500

Date of Death              26th May 1916
Place of Death             Somme, France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              34

Cemetery                    Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Grave III.E.3

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