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George Follett

Surname: Follett
Other names: George
Other people in this story:
William Follett
Elizabeth Follett née Franklin
Horace James Follett
Locations in this story:
Basingstoke, Hampshire
France & Flanders
Ramleh War Cemetery, Near Tel Aviv, Palestine
Easton Farm, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire
Winchester Training College, Winchester, Hampshire

George Follett was born on 4th July, 1891, in Basingstoke, Hampshire. He was the son of William Follett, a Farmer, and Elizabeth Follett (née Franklin). At the time of 1911 Census the family were living at Easton Farm, Berwick St. John, Wiltshire. George was single and was a student at Winchester Training College (a Teacher Training facility). He enlisted in the 23rd Battalion of The Royal Fusiliers (The Sportsman's Regiment) (Service Nos. 1493 then GS/47962). Whist with the Fusiliers he achieved the rank of Lance Sergeant. He transferred to the 6th Battalion of the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) where he was commissioned with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He served in France & Flanders, where he was wounded at Delville Wood, France. After his recovery in the UK he was posted to Palestine. He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He died whilst attached to the 1st/10th London Regiment on 19th September 1918 and was re-interred from a battlefield cemetery at Ramleh War Cemetery, Near Tel Aviv in Palestine (grave id. E.12). He is remembered on the Berwick St. John War Memorial and on the Winchester Training College Chapel Rail.  His brother, Horace James Follett, also served but survived the conflict.

  • Berwick St John War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives