George Gillings (1896 – 1918) lived in the Brickfields, Bergholt Road when he attended North School. His family worked as agricultural labourers and at the local rose nursery. When George was 15 in 1911 he had a job as a domestic house boy. Acnacone House was a large house nearby employing staff, so perhaps George worked there.
George served with the London Regiment as a Private and then as Lance Corporal with the Royal Irish Rifles. He died of his wounds in October 1918 and is buried in the Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station Cemetery in Belgium. He is remembered at home on the St Paul’s Church roll of honour which is now on display in St James the Great Church.
1903 – 1913 Admission Register
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
Ireland, Casualties of World War I, 1914-1922