George Alfred Tibbert has the unusual distinction of being killed by a bullet fired from a German aircraft. He was born at Pickworth on 19 February 1888 and moved with his parents Alfred and Fanny and the rest of the family to New Wood, Empingham before the war. He was the eldest of eight children and was a horseman on a farm before joining the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment in February 1911. He was subsequently transferred to the 12th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment and later to the 6th Battalion Dorset Regiment in which he was serving at the time of his death. He went out to France on 26 February 1915, five days after his 27th birthday. George took part in the Battle of Loos, Ypres, Arras, Albert, Hill 60 and Messines Ridge. He was killed north west of Albert on 3 August 1918 when he was hit by a bullet from a German aircraft. He was taken to a First Aid Post but died as soon as he arrived. He is buried in Harponville Communal Cemetery, Albert, grave G.7. His brother William also fought in the First World War and survived.
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