George William Mann

Rank Private
Service No G/50404
Date of Death 29/11/1917
Age 33
Regiment/Service Middlesex Regiment 2nd Battalion
Memorial Tyne Cot Memorial. This is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgium Flanders in the Ypres Salient. 


George was born in Holt, Norfolk, in November 1885. His parents were Henry (b.1841) and Rachel Mann (b.1854). He had three siblings: Ruth (b.1887), Millie (b.1889) and Ruby (b.1891). At the time of the 1901 Census, the family was living at 237 Heath Road, Dersingham, Norfolk.

George married Alice, who was also from Holt, in the Finchley area in 1906. At the time of the 1911 Census, the couple lived at 119, Station Road, Finchley, and had one son, Leslie (b.1907). George was employed as a greengrocer's assistant. The April 1915 edition of the St Luke’s Finchley monthly magazine reveals that an Ernest Clifford Mann died aged 1 year and 9 months and was buried on 13th March 1915. Ernest was probably George's second son.

When George enlisted in the 5th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment, on 10th August 1914, aged 28 years and 9 months, his attestation papers reveal that he had previously served in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, the Norfolk Regiment Reserves. They state that he had been rejected as unfit for military service due to his chest measurement. He lists his current trade as an electrician, being employed by the King. This would have been on the Sandringham Estate, which was only one mile from his father’s home in Heath Road, Dersingham. He served ‘at home’ from 10th August 1914 until 29th December 1915. George died towards the end of the Third Battle of Ypres. At some stage during the war, it appears he transferred from the Norfolk Regiment to the Middlesex Regiment.

The January 1918 monthly magazine of St Luke’s Finchley lists George’s name in the Roll of Honour, merely stating that he served in the 6th Middlesex regiment and was killed in action.