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13009152   Lance Corporal George Stirrup
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 30/12/2015
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Pioneer Corps (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 21/11/1892
Died: 13/06/1943 (Prisoner of War)
Age: 50
Summary      
Lance Corporal George Stirrup was born on 21st November 1892 in Enniskillen and later moved to Cookstown where he married his wife Annie. He was the son of James & Catherine Stirrup, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. He had previously seen action while serving with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers between the 22nd February 1909 and 7th August 1920 seeing service throughout the First World War…
Lance Corporal George Stirrup
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Lance Corporal George Stirrup was born on 21st November 1892 in Enniskillen and later moved to Cookstown where he married his wife Annie. He was the son of James & Catherine Stirrup, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone.
He had previously seen action while serving with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers between the 22nd February 1909 and 7th August 1920 seeing service throughout the First World War.
George and Annie Stirrup had two children, George Albert (jnr) and Victor. George Albert (jnr) died on the 15th August 1919, aged four months.
The following verse appeared in the Mid Ulster Mail in 1919 submitted by George and Annie Stirrup:
“We dream, we see your dear kind face and kiss your cold still brow,
But in our hearts we know, we have no Geordie now,
Home to Jesus, home to many
Every wave of trouble o’er
He is with those other loved one’s
On that happy peaceful shore."
George Stirrup re-enlisted with the Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps on 6th January 1940 in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. He was posted on 5th March 1940 and appointed Lance Corporal on 30th March 1940, being shipped out with the British Expeditionary Force on 29th March 1940. He was listed as ‘Missing in Action’ in May of that year during the withdrawal to Dunkirk. He was later found to be a Prisoner of War in June 1940
While he was a Prisoner of War, George Stirrup died as a result of Coronary Sclerosis, damage to the cardiac muscle on 13th June 1943, aged 50. Originally buried in Frankfurt New Cemetery his body was then moved to Berlin 1939 – 1945 War Cemetery, Charlottenburg, Berlin.
The cemetery is in the district of Charlottenburg and holds a total of 3,860 casualty burials. It was used in the post war years to bury the remains of Airmen and P.O.W’s who were buried throughout Germany in other cemeteries.
George Stirrup’s remains were buried under the name of George Sterrit, the name inscribed on his headstone. According to the Commonwealth war graves commission, the family had been contacted after the war to confirm the details for the inscription. The war grave commission’s records show the name to have been spelt Sterrit. This however is the wrong spelling of the surname and measures have now been undertaken to correct the error.
George Stirrup’s son Victor also served throughout the Second World. George was also the great uncle of Air Chief Marshal Sir Graham Eric (Jock) Stirrup.
The following verse appeared in the Mid Ulster Mail in 1950, on the anniversary of George’s death, submitted by his wife Annie and son Victor:
“Far away from his native land, with a simple cross at his head,
He fought and died for Britain, one of God’s honoured dead
Sleep on dear George, as days roll by, no flowers on the grave you lie.
For the broad wide ocean keeps us apart, your smiling face forever in my heart.”
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Relevant Cookstown Area Locations
No Location Region Location Notes Longtitude Latitude
1 Cookstown area Cookstown Central CWGC lists wife in Cookstown 54.647558 -6.743478
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Stirrup Family Lists George as age 10, living with the family at house 17.2 in Head Street, Enniskillen
2 1911 Census lists Stirrup brothers Does not list George as living with brothers at house 6.2 in Abbey Street, Enniskillen
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2018