Private George Wakefield was the son of Robert Wakefield and his wife of The Square, Ryhall and was born on 1 December 1897. He was a bricklayer before joining up on 2 December 1916, enlisting originally in the 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. He went to the Western Front on 5 April 1917, but came home suffering from trench feet and fever. He returned to France on 3 April 1918, and was transferred to the 9th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. George was reported missing in action two weeks later. He is remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial, Panel 35, and also on the plaque in Ryhall church.
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