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James CANT [14340]
Lilias Piercy MARSHALL [14341]
James Joseph BROOK [12110]
Ellen FENN [12109]
(Abt 1824-1891)
John CANT [14339]
Harriet BROOK [12111]
George Edward CANT [14364]


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George Edward CANT [14364]

  • Born: 1884, Bermondsey

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George Edward Cant, born 1884 in Bermondsey, London, England.
Thought to have been born in the September quarter 1884 St Olave Southwark.
In the 1901 census George gave his occupation as Tea Packer. in 1911 he is lodging with the Burgess family at 24 Parfitt Road Bermondsey, He is now a Cardboard Box Maker.
George enlisted in WW1 on 8th November 1915 at the Duke of York HQ Chelsea. He gave his mother, Harriett, as his next of kin and his occupation as Warehouseman. He was still living at home, 171 Sangley Road, Catford, when he joined. He was Rifleman no: 591913 with the 18th Battn. London Regiment . He was described as 5 feet 2 inches with a fully expanded chest of 35 inches and his physical development J as fair. He was part of the BEF and arrived in France on 23rd June 1916 staying until 21st November 1916 when he was transferred to Salonica until 9th June 1917 then to Egypt. On 28th March 1918 in Amman, Palestine, he was hit by a bullet in the lower left jaw. He was taken by field ambulance to Jerusalem and, after spending a day at Gaza, where the wound was cleaned and his jaw immobilised, was transferred to the general hospital at Alexandria. On his medical report of 6th December his doctor wrote that although he had been given teeth to replace the eight lost due to the injury, he still couldn't chew due to the pain and had lost weight. His doctor recommended he be sent back to England to recover. At the meeting of the Medical Board on 8th November 1918 it was agreed that he had a 30% disability and should be re-examined in 3 months He was posted to the Labour Corps 815 AE Co on 20th November 1918. He was discharged and was given a pension of 5 shillings and sixpence a week to take effect from 16th December 1919 for 52 weeks. He was awarded the Silver War Badge, given to soldiers wounded in the line of duty, to show that he had been active in the war. He left behind his bible, a book and some stationary which had to be returned to him. He was awarded the King's Certificate, Silver War Badge, War Medal and Victory Medal. Life Source: Census, IGI .
Ref: Cecilia Waites

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