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 268610 George Acton
- Age: 24
- From: Walton, Liverpool
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 18th Btn
- K.I.A Friday 8th November 1918
- Commemorated at: Dourlers Cc Ext
Panel Ref: II.C9
George Acton was born in Walton, Liverpool, the son of Thomas Parsons Acton and his wife Martha Jane (nee Stone) who married in 1885. Both were natives of Liverpool. He had a twin sister Mabel, his other siblings were Elizabeth, Louisa, and Alfred (who served in the Royal Navy during the war). Another brother, Thomas died in infancy.
The 1901 Census shows the family living at 3 Liton Grove. His father is employed as an Estate Agent.
His mother died in 1910.
The family are still living at 3 Luton Grove in the 1911 Census. George is now 17 and employed as a Shipping Clerk.
He enlisted in Liverpool joining the 18th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 268610. Prior to the war George worked for the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.
George married Sarah Ethel McCormack in 1916. A son, Alfred, was born in 1917. They were living at 14 Selina Road, Walton during the war.
At the time of his death on 8th November 1918, warfare had become mobile, with the British Army harrying the Germans, who would retreat to a position, fight, then retreat once more. The day before he was killed the Battalion had just marched from Mariollers to Marbaix in France, when it was ordered to take a position in the line near Marbaix, from the 1/5th Gloucestershire Regiment. On the following day, 8th November an attack was commenced at 07.30am supported by the 100th Battalion Machine Gun Corps and artillery fire. Despite their support, the advancing troops encountered fierce Rifle Fire and machine gun fire from the German position’s.
Although the attack was eventually successful, two more officers and thirty six other ranks were to be wounded, and fourteen other ranks Killed, only three days before the Armistice.
George was one of those other ranks killed. He now rests at Dourlers CC Extension Cemetery, France.
The family suffered further loss when George's son Alfred served in 139 Squadron of the RAF during WWII. He was killed on 18/05/1941 aged 23 and is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Storrington, Sussex. He is also commemorated on the Storrington Memorial.
George's sister Elizabeth married Arthur Elms in 1919 at Thakeham, Sussex. They had 3 sons. Their son Arthur Elms was killed in a bombing raid on Germany in 1944, aged 44, and is buried in Berlin War Cemetery.
George's widow Sarah remarried in 1922, she married Henry Elms (the brother of Arthur Elms). They had 2 sons and lived in Thakeham, Sussex until her death in 1957.