19996 Lance Corporal

George Harvey Oxspring

2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers

28th September 1918 

Plot Reference : III.J.9

Born in Normanton Springs,Yorkshire in 1897.

His parents were Harvey Oxspring(1864-27/02/1946) and

Ellen Kaine(born in 1869). They were married in 1887.

George had 4 brothers,Albert(born in 1889),

James Henry(born in 1894),Herbert Ian(26/09/1902-03/07/1966)

and Melvin (1907-28/11/1988).

He also had 3 sisters,Maria(born in 1900),Ellen (born in 1910)

and Rose(1913-2003).

In the 1911 census,the family were recorded as living at

20 Hollinsend Road,Hollinsend near Sheffield.

At the age of 14,George was working as a colliery labourer above ground,whilst his father was employed as a general labourer.

He enlisted in Sheffield on 16/08/1915 and with the 10th reinforcement regiment he disembarked in France on 08/12/1915.

On the 26/03/1916 he was wounded in action and sent to No.8 Casualty Clearing Station with gunshot wounds to his head and back.

He was then moved to 16 Train on 27/03/1916,then on to Etaples.

George rejoined his battalion on 02/11/1916.

On 23/02/1917 he was appointed unpaid Lance Corporal.He stayed with the British Expeditionary Force until 15/04/1917. He then returned home on 16/04/1917 until 09/06/1917.  

George returned to France on 11/06/1917 after embarking at Folkstone  and disembarking in Boulogne.

He was killed in action on 28/09/1918.

Property(notebook,purse and photos) belonging to George were returned to his mother.

At the time of his death,the family were living at

18 Cape Street Barnsley.

His brother James Henry was Serjeant 240951 in the 2/5th Battalion Yorkshire & Lancashire Regiment and was killed in action on 27/11/1917.He is remembered on the Cambrai Memorial Louverval Department du Nord,Nord-Pas-de-Calais ,France, panels 9 & 10.

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