LANGTON, George William

Lance Corporal George William Langton
29666 Labour Corps
23043 (Private) Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)

George William Langton born 1884 , Golden Valley was the son of Francis Langton, an iron puddler and coal miner and his wife Eliza (nee Breedon). In 1881 the family was living at Queen Street, Ironville but later moved to Golden Valley. George had brothers and sisters Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah Jane, Eliza, Emma, Thomas Francis, Ethel and Ada. On the 1901 Census George is aged 15 and employed as a coal miner ganger.

In 1907 he married Rachel Stenson and in 1911 they were living at Upper Hartshay. They had children Jack b. 1907, Kate b. 1910 and Elsie b. 1911 in the Belper Registration District.  Around about 1911 they moved back into Nottinghamshire, into the Basford Registration District where the rest of their children were born:-  George W. b.1912, James G. b. 1914, Rachel M. b. 1915, Stanley R. b. 1923 and Hilda F. b. 1924. Note the gap in births between 1915 and 1923, probably due to George serving away with the forces. In 1915 George was listed on the electoral roll at 35, Pye Hill, Jacksdale.

George’s war records have not survived but his Medal Rolls Index Card indicates that his first Theatre of War was the Balkans which he entered on 14th November 1915. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He died in Nottingham in 1950 aged 65.

Further information welcome.