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EMMETT, George


Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Date of birth: 10/1881
Place of birth: Cookham Dean
Gender: Male
Date of death: 07/03/1918
Place of death: La Vacquerie, France
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 36
CWGC Ref: 315142
TWGPP Ref: 3152748
Address: Eastleigh Cookham
Address: 8 Apsley Cottages Cookham Rise
Address: Hamfield Cottages Cookham Rise

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 1st Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment
Rank: Private
Service Number: 15378


Late Father James EMMETT
Widowed Mother Jane EMMETT (nee CARTER)
Brother Albert Edward EMMETT
Former Wife Edith Emily SMYTHE (nee TAYLOR)
Brother James EMMETT
Sister Mary EMMETT
Sister Ellen EMMETT
Sister Harriett EMMETT
Brother Percy EMMETT
Brother Reginald EMMETT
Son Robert EMMETT

Additional information

George is buried at Metz-en-Couture Communal Bemetery, British extension, ll.H.17, ten miles south west of Cambrai.
George was one of three brothers and four cousins who all lived in Cookham Rise and were killed in the War. Two of his elder brothers served in the Army and survived the War. He was born in 1882 and by 1901 there were 7 siblings (though one sister, Mary, born in 1895 is not mentioned in the 1901 census so may have died by then. In the 1901 Census their father, James Emmett was a general labourer who had married Jane Carter, a local girl in St. John the Baptist Church in Cookham Dean in 1879. He retired as a widower to Bray to live with his brother and died there in 1920. George and his brother James were still living at 8 Apsley Cottages, age 24, and were labourers. By the 1911 census, George had married Edith, a Londoner from Stepney (in 1910) with one son, Robert (age 1). They were living in Hamfield Cottages, Cookham Rise and he was a bricklayer. We do not know when he enlisted as at age 32 at the outbreak of war, he was perhaps too old for early enlistment but he joined the Royal Berkshires and served as a private.
When George's regiment moved up to the front line at La Vacquerie on 6th March 1918, during the second Battle of the Somme, they were engaged with the final major German push in the war. At 12.35 am the next morning, two years to the day since his brother Albert had been killed, they were hit by a German Gas attack. It is likely that George was wonded and died the same day from the gas attack. Tragically, for the Emmett family, brother James was killed two weeks later.


Location: France, Front line LA VACQUERIE RIGHT. At 1235 am the enemy "projected" gas on our front. The projection was by means of Rum jar TMs. HE was used and the detonations were terrific, damaging the trenches badly and veiling the fact that gas was present. The gas was of the Phosqeue type. 2/Lieut J A GRIMES MC died from the effects of the gas after gallantly endeavouring to rescue his orderly who had been buried in the trench. 2/Lieuts C.H.BEER and FOSTER and 29 OR were also casualties (wounded "gas"). The effects of the projection were chiefly felt by RIGHT, CENTRE and SUPPORT companies.

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