KAVANAGH, George Walter (Listed as KAVAHNAR, G. W.)

Gunner George Walter Kavanagh
RMA/1459/S Royal Marines Artillery

It has not been possible to establish a definite connection with Jacksdale but it seems that this serviceman could possibly be George Walter Kavanagh born 17th October 1892 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. He married Hilda Sparham in 1918 in Medway, Kent and they went on to have a son named Kenneth G. Kavanagh born in Nottingham in the early 1920’s.

G. W. Kavanagh enlisted at Nottingham on the 2nd December 1915, giving his occupation as railway clerk. He was 5’11” in height, had black hair, hazel eyes and was of fair complexion. He embarked for Matruh, Egypt on 19th August 1916 as part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force returning to England aboard HMT Kingstonian on 17th January 1917. He was discharged from the RMA on 20th January 1919 and was a recipient of the British War & Victory Medals.

Given his place of enlistment and the birth place of his son, it would seem George did have a connection with the Nottingham area.  It seems that the Kavanaghs certainly spent the latter part of their lives in Nottinghamshire as George Walter died at Rushcliffe, Notts in 1980 and his wife Hilda died at Newark in 1971.

Further information would be welcome.