George William Tooley was born on 18 September 1890 at Harby near Lincoln but by the turn of the century he had moved with his parents William and Lucy and his six brothers and sisters to Great Casterton. He was a waggoner before enlisting on 24 February 1915, at which time he was living with his wife at Whitwell. He was sent out to France on 31 January 1916 and took part in fighting at La Bassee, the Somme, and elsewhere. He died from a shell wound in the chest on 25 February 1917 and is buried in the Cérisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, four miles from Bray, grave III.Q.2. He is remembered on Great Casterton's war memorial and on a plaque inside Little Casterton church which was originally placed in Toll Bar Methodist Chapel. His wife remarried after the war and moved back to Great Casterton with the child she had with George.
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