George Weedon



Village memories: Straight Bit (picture from SWOP website)

His grave


P/309 MILITARY POLICE CORPS
DIED ON 19TH DECEMBER 1920 AGED 43 YRS
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR FARNHAM ROYAL (ST MARY)
CHURCHYARD, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


George James Weedon was born in Flackwell Heath, Buckinghamshire in 1877. His parents were Jeremiah & Mary Ann nee Bristow who married in 1873 in the Wycombe district.
In 1891 the family were living at Flackwell Heath and George is 14yrs old. His siblings listed were Jeremiah aged 11 yrs, Mary E aged 8 yrs, Emily S aged 5yrs, and Joseph aged 3yrs.
On the 1901 Census George was with his Uncle George Bristow and family at 19, Mount St in Charlton. George is an electrical engineer. George married Sylvia Margaret Dean in 1905/6.
The couple were living with Sylvia’s widowed father Joseph Dean in Farnham Common in Buckinghamshire. Joseph is a coachman and George is now a general labourer aged 34yrs.
The 1911 Census shows that George’s parents had 10 children and 7 were still living at this time.
George’s known siblings were, Jeremiah, Mary(Polly?), Emily, Joseph, Louisa and Daisy.
Research on George’s Army service has drawn a blank except that he was a Lance Corporal. The Military Foot Police were responsible for detaining any person committing any offence, collecting stragglers, guarding against spies, traffic patrol to ensure safe passage of the troops and collecting the walking wounded from Aid Posts and Dressing Stations and returning them to their parent units. They were also responsible for the collection of prisoners of War and their transfer to POW camps or holding areas. The men performed a great service in maintaining discipline and orderly conduct and a well run transport system. 25,000 Military Police served in WW1 mainly on the Western Front.




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