Thursday, June 12, 2014

88802 Driver George William Deer, Royal Field Artillery

George William Deer was a patient at Hickwells in 1915. His entry in Nurse Oliver’s album reads:

No 88802 Driver G W Deer, Royal Field Artillery

May the owner of this book always succeed
For the kindness she showed me was great indeed
May her luck never fail through trouble and strife
And I will never forget her until the end of my life

He shares this page in Nurse Oliver’s album with 6334 Private John Thomas of the 2nd South Staffordshire Regiment and 33612 Sapper F Willmott of the Royal Engineers. His medal index card (above) notes that he served with the 94th Brigade Royal Field Artillery and gives his date of enlistment as 8th September 1914 and his date of discharge (due to sickness) as 14th August 1915. He did not serve overseas.

The silver war badge roll notes that George was 25 years old at the time of his discharge in 1915, giving an approximate year of birth of 1890. He is possibly the same 20 year-old George William Deer who appears on the 1911 census as a compositor, born at Mildenhall, Suffolk and living with his parents at Beck Row, Mildenhall. This man died in Greenwich in 1959.

Medal index card courtesy Ancestry.

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