George Edward Dransfield (c.1896-1918)
An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.
Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922
The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:
- DRANSFIELD, GEORGE EDWARD, DCM. MM. Sergeant. No 202990. 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. Son of Sydney and Mary Jane Dransfield, 19 Whitestone Lane, Hillhouse, Huddersfield. Employed as a finisher by Messrs James Haigh Limited, Colne Road. Was a keen cricketer and footballer and played in the Buxton Road Sunday School team. Killed in action, 12.10.1918, aged 22 years. Buried MONTAY-NEUVILLY ROAD CEMETERY. Grave location:- Plot 1, Row E. Grave 20.
- Awarded the DCM. posthumously in June, 1919, for the following act, 'During the operations on the 18th September 1918, in the attack on Cavalry Trench he went ahead of his Company into our own barrage in order to locate two enemy machine guns which were causing a lot of trouble to his Company. He located and silenced them by killing the two gunners working them and had held up the remainder of the crew who had come up out of a dugout until the remainder of his Company arrived. After his objective was gained he went forward under very heavy machine gun fire and ascertained the dispositions of the enemy bringing back most important information. His courage and daring behaviour greatly inspired the men of his Company.'
- ROH:- Fartown and Birkby War Memorial; St. Andrew's Church, Leeds Road, Huddersfield.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Serjeant GEORGE EDWARD DRANSFIELD
- regiment: Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding)
- died: Saturday, October 12, 1918
- age: 22 years
- record ID: 528762
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission (ID #528762)
- Imperial War Museums: Lives of the First World War (ID #5027952)