George Aldis

George was part of a large family, he had eight brothers and sisters. He and his parents lived in Saxlingham Nethergate. His parents were George and Charlotte Aldis and they had nine children, one of whom died.

William born 1868

Emma born 1870

George born 30 October 1872

Eliza born 1875

Ellen born 1877

Elizabeth born 1878

Arthur born 1880

Emily born 1883

Daisy born 1887

The family lived at addresses in Saxlingham Street and on Pitts Hill. His father was a boot maker.

In 1891 George worked as a footman at Shotesham Hall, the home of the Fellowes family. Shotesham Hall is a grand house in the next village to Saxlingham. By 1901 however he was living back at his parents’ home and working as a domestic gardener.

He enlisted on 11 May 1915 and was posted to the 4th Norfolk Regiment. He was 45 years old. His service number was 24454.

He was 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighed 10 stones. He had a fresh complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. He had a scar on his right shoulder.

He was single and his mother Charlotte was listed as his next of kin. He gave his occupation on joining as gardener.

He was transferred to the Royal Defence Corps on 29 April 1916, service number27663. He was demobbed on 27 March 1919 in Sutton Bridge. He did not serve abroad.

He returned to Saxlingham Nethergate and continued to work as a gardener.

In 1939 he lived by himself on Church Hill, Saxlingham Nethergate and had never married.

He died in June 1953 aged 80.


UK Census Collection

England & Wales, Birth, marriage and death index, 1837-2005

British Army Medal Roll Index cards, 1914-1920

British Army WW1 Service Records

1939 Register from

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