1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 34257 George Lake
- Age: 22
- From: Bootle, Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
- D.O.W Wednesday 22nd November 1916
- Commemorated at: Warlincourt Halte Brit Cem
Panel Ref: III.G.12
George Lake was born on the 4th October, 1894 at 14a Lowndes Street, Liverpool. George and his older brother Edward Whitley Lake were baptised at St Jude's C. of E. Church, Liverpool, on the 2nd August 1895. Their parents, Robert P Lake and Emily (nee Phoenix), were married at St Mary's C. of E. Church, Edge Hill in 1880. Emily Lake was born in Ruabon, Wales and Robert Lake was born in Liverpool and worked firstly as a mariner and later as a wool sampler, cotton porter and warehouseman. Eleven children were born to the marriage, three of whom died in infancy.
In 1881 the newly-married couple lived at 7 Lind Street, Walton, with their eldest son Charles Henry born 1881, and Emily's father, Charles Phoenix, a commercial traveller. Between 1883 and 1885 the family had, for a short time, been living in or around London where two children, Robert and Mary E., were born.
By 1891 they had returned to Liverpool and were living at 10 Lowndes Street, where George was born. His three other siblings were Arthur Roy, Edith and Lilian Phoenix. The family had moved to 1 Beatrice Street, Bootle by 1901.
The 1911 census, taken when Emily Lake and her five youngest children were living with her unmarried sister Elizabeth Agnes Phoenix at 9 Ursula Street, Bootle, shows George was working as a junior clerk at a lead works.
He enlisted in Prescot and was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 34257 when he died of wounds on the 22nd November, 1916 aged 22.
He now lies in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, France. The Inscription on his headstone reads:
“PEACE PERFECT PEACE”
He is also commemorated on the Bedford Road Council School, Bootle War Memorial and Bootle Civic Memorials.
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Killed On This Day.(104 Years this day)
Monday 27th November 1916.
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