GEORGE WEEDING

Trooper 1548, No.2 Company, The Household Battalion
Killed in Action, 3 May 1917, aged 32
Buried at Roeux British Cemetery (Sp. Mem. H. 7)
 

George Weeding's gravestone

George Weeding was born in 1885 at Coleman's Hatch, the son of George and Sarah Ann Weeding. In the 1911 census his occupation is given as labourer but at his death he is listed as a gardener.

In October 1912 he married Alice Wheatley at St. Mary's Church, Hartfield. Alice was born 1888 at Lowlands Farm, Hartfield, the daughter of Joseph Wheatley, a farmer, and Ellen Eliza Wheatley. At the time of her marriage she lived at 'Hillside', Coleman's Hatch. Alice, who died in 1974 at the age of 85, lost her brother, Harry Wheatley, in 1918 when he was killed in action on the Somme.

George and Alice Weeding had two children, Geoffrey Joseph (1913-1978) and Peter George, who was born and died as an infant in 1914.

George Weeding served as a trooper during the First World War in No 2 Company, the Household Battalion. The Household Battalion was formed in September 1916. It was an infantry battalion with Household Cavalry Officers and NCOs, with men who had volunteered for the duration of the war for the Household Cavalry. Three months after it was formed the battalion was in France, fighting in the trenches at Sailly-Saillisel, in the Somme valley, with the 4th Division. This first action cost them 300 casualties.

In 1917 the Household Battalion were at the Third Battle of the Scarpe River (May 1917). In a subsidiary action during the Battle of Arras (1917) the battalion fought for 14 days to capture Roeux village; it was during this action that George was killed.

He is Remembered with Honour in Roeux British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, Sp. Mem. H. 7.

Roeux British cemetery

Carol O'Driscoll