Other names: George Henry
Locations in this story: East Orchard, Shaftesbury, DorsetYeovil, SomersetFrance & Flanders
Story: George Henry Stokes was born at East Orchard, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 8 Jan 1889 the son of William Stokes and Emily Stokes (nee Andrews). George spent all his early life in and around Back Lane, East Orchard. He married Florence Dora Dimond in Yeovil, Somerset, on 11 Jul 1910. There appear to be no children of the marriage. George enlisted on 12 Dec 1915 but was not mobilized until 4 Jan 1917 when he joined the 3rd Battalion of the Coldstream Guards as a Guardsman (Service No. 21354). He served in France & Flanders and, whilst there, was reported missing on 13 Apr 1918. It was not until 27 Dec 1918 that it was discovered he had been a prisoner of war. He was discharged on 7 Oct 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals. By the 1939 Register he was living at The Post Office, High Street, Stoke-under-Hays, Yeovil, Somerset and employed as a Sub-Postmaster. He died in Yeovil on 16 Aug 1962.