Private George Raybould
17741 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)

George Raybould was born on 28th March 1891 at Silverdale, Staffordshire son of Benjamin Raybould an iron puddler and his wife Elizabeth (nee Wrench), also both from Silverdale. In 1911 the family lived at Stone Row (Jacksdale Street),  Jacksdale which was the very first row of houses to be built in Jacksdale and were owned by the Butterley Company to house forge workers.


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Photo: Stone Row. 

George had brothers and sisters Joseph, Albert, John William and Ethel. His brothers Joseph and John also served with the 5th Battalion. Sherwood Foresters in WW1.  John survived but Joseph was killed in action in 1917.

George attested on 6th October 1914 at Ripley, Derbyshire stating that he had previously served for 4 years with the 5th Battalion Notts & Derby Territorials. He was aged 23 years and 6 months, gave his occupation as collier and religion as Wesleyan. He served at home in the UK until August 1915, embarking for France on the 27th August 1915 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. In early July 1916 he sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and just days later his brother John was also badly wounded. George was sent back home and admitted to the military hospital in Nottingham.  In September 1916 he was awarded Silver War Badge no 232131 and discharged to the Class W Reserve. It was noted that he was  then aged 25 years and 5 months of age,  was 5 feet 6 inches tall, having dark brown hair, brown eyes and of dark complexion. He was finally found no longer medically fit for war service and pensioned out of the Army on 16th July 1917.

George was a recipient of the 1914-15 Star, the Victory and British War Medals.

It does not seem that George married. He died in 1964 in the Basford District.