George Philip Cornish

Rank Lance Corporal
Service No 18172
Date of Death 24/04/1916
Age 30
Regiment/Service Royal Berkshire Regiment 8th Battalion
Cemetery Bethune Town Cemetery, north of Arras, France. For much of the war, Bethune was an important Allied railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters.

George Philip Cornish was born on 16th May 1885 in Hammersmith to George Cornish (1857-1927), a gas works’ stationary engineman, and his wife Ellen, nee Selby (1859-1933). In 1901 the family were living at 21 Station Road, Finchley. George and Ellen had a total of seven children, three of whom had died by the time of the 1911 census. George's known siblings in 1911 were: Winifred (b.1891), Dorothy (b.1897) and Richard (b.1902). After finishing school, George joined his father at the gas works, as an assistant time-keeper. George married Ethel Rose Jenkins, a music teacher, at Holy Trinity, Finchley on 6th August 1911. They appear to have had no children. Records indicate that after George's death, Ethel moved to Canada, where she lived in Windsor, Ontario and worked as a music teacher.

George first saw active duty in France in October 1915 and died of wounds in late April 1916.