SHARPE George Ernest

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George Ernest Sharpe and his younger brother Joseph both died in the First World War, within three months of each other. George was born at Edmondthorpe on 5 November 1874, the son of Arthur and Jane Sharpe. He emigrated to South Africa and spent twenty years on the railways, becoming a relief foreman. George enlisted in the South African Infantry in the early part of 1917, landing in England in May of the same year, and going out to the Western Front in July. He was killed two months later on 20 September 1917 serving with the 3rd Regiment during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). He is buried in Perth Cemetery (China Wall), near Ypres in Belgium, grave IV.H.14 and is remembered on Whissendine's war memorial.

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  • Whissendine Church 1
  • Whissendine Gate of Remembrance
  • Whissendine Memorial
  • Whissendine Memorial
  • Perth Cemetery (China Wall) 1
  •  Perth Cemetery (China Wall) 2
  • G E Sharpe 4
  • George Sharpe 1
  • G E Sharpe 2

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4 images Some pictures of the headstone, taken 14 December 2014
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 7:06pm
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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