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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.
He enlisted at Guildford in February 1915 and was serving at the Front by August that year.
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.
Lived Ockley, Dorking
Son of Edward and Elizabeth Long
Regiment 2nd Battalion. The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 26th May 1916
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Cemetery Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Grave III.E.3
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