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George was the oldest son of George and Jessie Hudspith, who lived at 19 Poplar Street, Throckley, Northumberland. He had two younger brothers, Johnson Willis and William, and an older sister Evelyn. George's father's occupation was listed in the 1911 census as Coal Miner Stoneman. At 12, he won a scholarship to Rutherford College in Newcastle upon Tyne. Four years later, he passed the London Matriculation Examination in the first division, and was awarded an 'Exhibition Scholarship' by Armstrong College. He was preparing for his BSc when war broke out. He was Secretary for the Throckley Church of England Society, and a teacher in the Sunday school. For two years in succession he won first prize in the Scripture Examination in the Sunderland and Newcastle District, and also the third Connexional prize. George served as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, 185th Brigade, C Battery. After three months training he was drafted to France as orderly and bicycle despatch rider to his Major. On 5th August 1916, nine weeks after mobilisation, both George and his officer were killed by a stray shell. He was aged 20. Another officer testified to his excellent abilities.
27 Bede Street Roker Sunderland (place of residence as entered in the 1911 Census)
George is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery Mazingarbe in Pas De Calais in France.
George is commemorated on a monument by St. Mary's Church in Throckley, Newcastle.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The War Graves Photographic Project. The University of Durham Roll of Service 1914 – 1919. Durham University Gazette, Vol II, 1912-1929. North East War Memorials Project. Primitive Methodist Magazine 1918/517.
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