12591 Corporal George William Cash, 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment
Born on 5th December 1894 in Harrogate
Died in 1928 in Harrogate
George William Cash was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, the second of the four children of William Cash and Emma née Swales.
His older sister Mary Millicent was born on 21st December 1893. A younger sister Kathleen Muriel was born on 27th March 1901 but died as an infant in 1902 (1st Quarter). His youngest sibling, Robina Marjorie, was born on 25th May 1903.
George’s father was a Joiner and the family lived at 3 Duchy Grove, Harrogate in 1901. However, his mother died, aged 38, in 1909 (2nd Quarter) and the family moved to 6 Wharfedale Avenue, Harlow Hill, Harrogate by 1911.
In the 1911 Census, 16 year old George was a Nursery Gardener, living with his widowed father and his sisters Mary, 18 and Robina, a 7 year old schoolgirl, in Harrogate.
It seems probable, however, that he moved to Little Gaddesden as a Nursery Gardener between 1911 and 1914. That would explain why he joined the Bedfordshire Regiment and why he is named on the Little Gaddesden Roll of Honour. His name does not, however, appear in any Census returns, Electoral Registers or Parish Records for Little Gaddesden.
George Cash volunteered on 27th August 1914, very early in the War. He served as a Private in the 6th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, arriving in France on 30th July 1915. By October 1917, when he was briefly admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, he was a Lance Corporal, serving in Belgium during the 3rd Battle of Ypres.
George was discharged from the Army on 2nd September 1919 as the result of disability. By then a Corporal, he was issued with a Silver War Badge (No. B296123) on 24th September 1919. For his War Service, George was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal.
Men who have answered their country’s call in defence of a “Scrap of Paper”
George Cash is named on the Roll of Honour, which hangs in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Little Gaddesden and lists 119 men from Little Gaddesden, Ringshall and Hudnall who served in the 1914 – 1918 War. His entry records him serving in the 6th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. He is similarly shown on the Centenary Revision of the Roll.
Rolls of Honour photos: Jane Dickson, Michael Carver
In 1918 and 1919, George is recorded as an Absent Voter of his family home, 6 Wharfedale Avenue, Harrogate. After discharge from the Army he returned to that address. By 1922 he, his father and his sisters had moved to 20 Wharfedale Avenue. However, in 1924, George moved out of the family home, living at 4 Plantation Road, Harrogate in 1924 and 102 Dragon Parade Harrogate between 1925 and 1928. George died in Harrogate in 1928.
Research, text and (unless otherwise credited) photos: Jane Dickson