Private George Rawlings 16356

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Name:  Private George Rawlings 16356

Date of Birth:   1879

Address:   79, Church Lane, Anstey

Parents Names: 

John William Rawlings (Agricultural Labourer) d.1910

Harriette d.1888

Occupation before the war:   Quarryman

Siblings Names:

Eliza b1874  |  Samuel b.1876  |  John Charles b1882 d.1917  | Frederick b.1884

Date Died:   6.4.1916

Age:   35

Place of Death:   Mesopotamia

Place of Burial/Memorial:  Basra Mem. Iraq

Cause of death:   



Leicestershire Regiment



Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • Married Annie Woodcock in 1903
  • Children: John Thomas b1904;Phyllis May b1906; Lilian Edith b.1908; Elsa b.1911; George W b.1912; Henry E b.1914
  • George’s brother – John Charles fell in action in May 1917
  • Enlisted 14.13.14 in Melton Mowbray



On Friday May 19th 1916 The Melton Mowbray Times & Vale of Belvoir Gazette published the following article under the heading. “LOCAL AND DISTRICT NEWS.” – STATHERN. – LOCAL SOLDIER KILLED.

It is with regret we announce the death of Private George Rawlings, of the 2nd Leicesters. He joined on December 14th 1914, and was soon in France as a Transport driver. Later on he went to the East, and official intimation was received by his wife last Friday to say he was killed in action on April 6th, in the Persian Gulf. Deceased leaves a wife and six children to mourn his loss, and much sympathy is felt for them in their affliction. He was 36 years of age.


The 5th April 1917 edition of the Leicester Mercury published the following under the heading, “IN MEMORIAM.”RAWLINGS – In loving memory of my dear brother, Pte. George Rawlings, transport driver, killed up the Persian Gulf on April 6th 1916. We often think of the days gone by. When we were all together; A shadow o’er our lives is cast. A dear one has gone forever. – From his loving Sister Polly and Niece, 163, Martin Street.