Mowforth, George Robert

George Robert Mowforth (1890-1917)

I am grateful to Jackie Carlton who identified this Hull casualty and provided the following information on Weds 08/04/2015.
George Robert Mowforth was born 12th July 1890 Hull to parents Robert Woods Mowforth (1866-1895)and Louisa Holdsworth (1868-1936). (His attestation papers give his birth as 12th October 1892. In 1891 (aged 7 months) he lived in 57 Clifton Terrace, Hull, ERY. In 1901 he lived in 19 Staniforth Place, Hull.
In 1904 along with his half brother Ernest he sailed on the ship Southwark from Liverpool to Quebec, Canada (as Dr Barnardos Home Boys).
In 1911 he lived Dereham Line, Oxford South, Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada.
He married Edith Elizabeth Ball (1900-1979), on 15th March 1916, in Tillsonburg, Canada and they had a son George (1916-2001) was born shortly after.

675091, Private in Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment), 2nd Battallion
From Attestation Paper of Canadian Expeditionary Force:
George Robert Mowforth of Broadway Street, Tillsonburg, Ontario. Born Hull, England. Next of kin: Mrs Louisa Mowforth, mother, 25 Marmaduke Street, Hull, England. Born 12th October 1892 (incorrect) Occupation: Labourer. Apparent age: 24 years. Height: 5ft 6ins. Chest measurement: 35ins. Complexion: fair. Blue eyes. Hair: Dark drown. Religion: Church of England. Distinguishing marks: cross on back of right fore arm. Enlisted January 19th 1916.

Debt of Honour Register
In Memory of G R MOWFORTH , Private 675091, 2nd Bn., Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.) who died on Wednesday 11 April 1917 .

From”Letter to Kitty” from Jack in the Canadian Ellis Collection in which it mentions the death of George Mowforth in France dated Saturday 14th April 1917 :-
My Own Darling Kitty,
Here I am sitting in my dug out back of the line and have found a minute to write you a wee line, as I know how you’ll be worrying & wondering how I’m keeping. Well darling no doubt the papers will be full of the great Canadian advance & I must say I’m truly thankful & the Almighty has spared me this far & I only trust He will bring me safely through & back to my loved ones. Our Company were lucky & we were a “carrying party”, we had to bring up ammunition & supplies for the attacking party. We were sent up to hold the front line for a while after the advance was over, although since Fritz has retired further back. We had a few boys killed & wounded. Poor George Mowforth was killed & a couple more Tillsonburg boys, Stuart & Bolgarters & Hearsy was wounded.

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Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, Pas de Calais, France