George ALDERSON

George ALDERSON

Male Abt 1884 - 1915  (~ 31 years)

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  • Name George ALDERSON 
    Born Abt 1884  Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Award Albert Medal First Class 
    • Words inscribed on the reverse of the medal:
      Presented in the name of His Majesty to ETHEL ALDERSON, widow of Lance Corporal George Alderson, Durham Light Infantry, in recognition of the gallantry of the deceased, who lost his life in France on the 14th October 1915, in saving the lives of others.

      [In January 2006, the medal in the possession of Ronald Philip Hennings, of Box Hill, Victoria, Australia, grandson of George Alderson]

      14 October 1915: Lance Corporal George Alderson, 10th Durham Light Infantry. At B Camp, St Jans ter Biezen near Poperinge. Alderson, with two other non-commissioned officers, was moving some bombs into a room in a farmhouse where they were to be stored. While the bombs were being stacked, one of them fell to the floor and the percussion cap was fired. Alderson, knowing that the bomb would explode in four seconds, and that to throw it out of the window would endanger the men who were outside, picked it up and tried to reach the door. Before he could get out of the door the bomb exploded, blowing off his hand and inflicting other serious wounds, from which he shortly died. By his prompt action in picking up and carrying the bomb he probably saved the lives of the three men who were in the room with him, and by his presence of mind in not throwing it out of the window he certainly saved the lives of those standing outside. This act was the more meritorious as Alderson was fully aware of the deadly nature of the bomb and the danger to himself that his act involved. He died of his wounds and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. Albert Medal First Class.

      [Source : http://www.1914-1918.net/albert_medal.htm, downloaded 29 January 2006]
    Occupation Coal miner 
    Died 14 Oct 1915  Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
      Grave ref I. B. 14A
    Person ID I1386  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2013 

    Family Ethel GALL,   b. Abt 1889, Gateshead On Tyne, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1908  Gateshead On Tyne, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Eliza Jane "Lally" ALDERSON,   b. 1908, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967  (Age 59 years)
    +2. Elizabeth "Betty" ALDERSON,   b. 11 Jun 1914, Gateshead On Tyne, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1990, Tewantin, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Last Modified 5 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F107  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1884 - Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1908 - Gateshead On Tyne, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Oct 1915 - Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    ALDERSON, George
    ALDERSON, George

  • Sources 
    1. [S59] England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index: 1837-1983 [database on-line], (http://www.freebmd.org.uk), Gateshead Volume 10a, page 1544.
      Volume 10a, page 1544, marriage, Gateshead, Dec 1908
      George Anderson and Ethel Gall