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201602   Private George Greer
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 19/04/2017
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 10/01/1890
Died: 02/09/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
Summary      
George Greer was born on 10th January 1890 at Tievenagh, Parish of Ardtrea. He was a son of William and Letitia Greer (nee McIvor). In 1901 he was living on the family farm at Tamlaght, Coagh. George worked in a hardware shop in Maghera before emigrating to He married a Canadian girl, Annie, in December 1915 and they had one son, George, who was born in 1917.He enlisted in the Canadian Infantry in October 1915. His height is recorded as five feet five inches and his weight as 126lbs. During August 1918 the Canadians opened an offensive on the German front lines near the village of Dury and it was during this offensive that George was killed in action on 2nd September. It is believed that George was killed as they tried to make their way across this open countryside.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Dury Mill British Cemetery
  Dury, Pas-de-Calais, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 2-B-24
CWGC Casualty 253826
Summary      
Dury is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 1 kilometre north of the straight main road (D939) from Arras to Cambrai. Approximately 16 kilometres from Arras travelling towards Cambrai on the D939 is the Canadian Forces Memorial at Dury. 300 metres after the Memorial the Cemetery is signposted to the left towards Dury village. It is located in open fields, and is approached along an unsurfaced track about 500 metres long
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Local Memorial Details

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1 Orritor Presbyterian Church World War I Roll of Honour Cookstown
2 Cookstown Cenotaph World War I - Panel 1 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 276
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1 1901 Census lists Greer family 1901 census lists George as age 11 at house 4 in Tamlaght, Oritor, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Greer family 1911 census does not list George at house 5 in Tamlaght, Oritor, Tyrone
3 A letter from George Greer to his mother Includes images of the actual letters. Dated : 1 September 1917
4 A letter from George Greer to his mother Includes images of the actual letters. Dated : 12 June 1917
5 A letter from George Greer to his mother Includes images of the actual letters. Dated : 23 January 1917
6 A letter from George Greer to his mother Includes images of the actual letters. Dated : 9 November 1916
7 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private George Greer
8 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private George Greer
9 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private George Greer's death
10 Eaton's Store, Toronto Eaton's store factory, Toronto, 1901
11 George Greer - No Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (48 no.)
12 George Greer profile Includes photo, and information of his early life.