Corporal George William Boyall was a professional soldier who was born in Stamford around 1890 to Joseph and Ellen Boyall. His father and sister Jane were later living in Ketton while his mother and two brothers were in Stamford. George enlisted with the 1st Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment in September 1911 when he was 21. Nine days after the First World War broke out the battalion left for France. George was wounded in November when he was shot in the leg. He spent a month in hospital and another two at home before returning the the Front. In April 1917 he was found to be suffering from trench foot and spent more time in hospital, this time in Romford. In August, George married Gertrude Annie Jarvis at Pickworth but the couple were living in Essendine when George was reported missing on 29 September 1918. His body was never found and so he is remembered on panel 4 of the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France as well as on the war memorial at Ketton church.
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