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14065   Lance Corporal George Chambers
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers (British Army)
Died: 01/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 19
George Chambers was born at Sherrygroom, Newmills, County Tyrone about 1897. The family moved to live at Milford, Co Armagh. George enlisted in Armagh with the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. This Battalion was raised from the Armagh, Monaghan and Cavan Volunteers. After training at Seaford he arrived at Boulogne in October 1915. George was killed by machine gun fire as he attempted to cross ‘No Man’s Land’ on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Somme Offensive. He is buried close to where he fell and is buried in Plot 8, Row A, Grave 37 at Ancre Valley Cemetery.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ancre British Cemetery
  Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 8-A37
CWGC Casualty 2853380
The village of Beaumont-Hamel was attacked on 1 July 1916 by the 29th Division, with the 4th on its left and the 36th (Ulster) on its right, but without success. On 3 September a further attack was delivered between Hamel and Beaumont-Hamel and on 13 and 14 November, the 51st (Highland), 63rd (Royal Naval), 39th and 19th (Western) Divisions finally succeeded in capturing Beaumont-Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-Ancre and St. Pierre-Divion. Following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917, V Corps cleared this battlefield and created a number of cemeteries, of which Ancre British Cemetery (then called Ancre River No.1 British Cemetery, V Corps Cemetery No.26) was one. There were originally 517 burials almost all of the 63rd (Naval) and 36th Divisions, but after the Armistice the cemetery was greatly enlarged when many more graves from the same battlefields and from the following smaller burial grounds.
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 129
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1 1911 Census lists Chambers family 1911 census lists George as age 14 at house 7 in Millford Town, Hill Street, Ballyaros, Armagh)
2 Armagh War Memorial Details of George Chambers