BERRISFORD, George Isaac

Gunner George Isaac Berrisford
142880 393rd Siege Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery

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George was born about 1878 at Temple Normanton, Chesterfield, son of William Berrisford a coal miner born Bagthorpe, Notts and his wife Elizabeth. In 1881 George was living with his parents at Old Westwood along with brothers and sisters William b. 1865; Albert J b. 1868; Samuel H. b. 1873; and Ann D. b. 1877. In 1901 George was a lodger in Old Westwood at the home of his married sister, Emma Horton (nee Berrisford) and his occupation was given as iron works labourer. In 1911 he was lodging with a widow Emma Wild at Westwood.

He married Ruth Page on 1st March 1913 and lived at Sedgwick Street, Jacksdale where he appears on the ‘Absent Voters List in 1918/19’. They had children William H. born 1915; Francis E. born 1920; and George Ronald born 1921.

George’s occupation was a clay filler, most likely employer being James Oakes Clayworks. He attested on 10th December 1915 at Eastwood, Notts where he gave his age as 37 years and 9 months. George was quite a tall man for his day, being 6ft 1in. He was mobilised 25th January 1917 and sent to France 27th July 1917, remaining there until his discharge on 16th February 1919.

George was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

George died in 1922 at the relatively young age of 43 and is buried at Westwood, St. Mary’s.