Born: In 1883 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and baptised there on 29 October in the same year.
Family: He was the youngest of four children of Thomas Henson, a boot riveter, and his wife, Sarah. He married Ethel Brigstock on 5 August 1907 at All Saints Church, Wellingborough and together they had 6 children – Margaret Evelyn Maude, Phyllis Nancy, Kathleen Mary, Dorothy May, Mildred E and Betty. Sadly Mildred died at the age of one.
Residence: In 1891 the family were living in Dale Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. By 1901 George had left home and was boarding at 32 Wellington Street, Barnsley, Yorkshire. By 1911 he had married and was living at 20 Oddfellows Cottages, Smallbrook Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, the address shown on the 1919 Absent Voters’ Register. However in 1915 his permanent address was given as 20 West End, Whitchurch (we believe this to be the same residence). By 1939 the family had moved to 4 Smallbrook Road in the town.
Employment: George was a coach painter in 1915, working for Anthony Smith & Williams, coach builders of Whitchurch when he enlisted. In 1939 his occupation is recorded as coach and motor painter engaged on cheese vats.
Died: In 1951 in Whitchurch, aged 69.
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Service Number: WR/279720 (previously 388084)
Date of Enlistment: 8 November 1915
Date of Discharge: 20 May 1919
Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation
Other Information: Awarded Good Conduct Badge in 1917