JOYCE George William

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George William Joyce was born at Ketton on 1 June 1890, the son of Thomas Joyce and his wife. The family later moved to Edith Weston. George was a farm worker before joining up on 11 January 1915. He went out to the Western Front on 22 July that year, and died a few weeks later on 4 September when he was killed by a German sniper while on sentry duty in an advanced post in the trenches. Lieutenant A S Bennett, commanding George's platoon, wrote: "By a piece of great misfortune he placed his head over the parapet for a fraction of a second instead of using the periscope, and a German sniper fired at him. He was the kindest and most unselfish lad in my platoon, and leaves a gap in the ranks which will take a long time to refill. He was exceedingly popular among his comrades, and earned the respect of both the non-commissioned officers and officers by the willing and painstaking manner in which he performed his various duties. He was buried on the Sunday morning, his grave being the first to be dug in a new cemetery situated south-west of Bien Villers." The cemetery is now called Bienvillers Military Cemetery and George's grave is I.A.52. He is remembered on the war memorial inside Edith Weston's church..

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  • Edith Weston Church
  • Edith Weston Memorial
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  • Bienvillers Military Cemetery 1
  • Bienvillers Military Cemetery 2
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5 images Some pictures of Mr Joyce’s headstone, taken 21 March 2015.
By John Stokes on Tuesday 24th March '15 at 7:15pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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