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Lionel George Churchill

Surname: Churchill
Other names: Lionel George
Other people in this story:
Mark Churchill
Elizabeth Churchill née Lush
Locations in this story:
Gillingham, Dorset
South Africa
Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
St. Leonard's Church, Semley, Wiltshire

Lionel George Churchill was born in 1882 in Gillingham, Dorset. He was the son of Mark Churchill and Elizabeth Churchill (née Lush). At the time of the 1911 Census he was single and working as a shop assistant in Eastgate Street, Gloucester. He enlisted in Gloucester and joined the 1/1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars (Yeomanry) (Service No. 2215) and at the time of his death held the rank of Corporal. He died at sea off Gallipoli on 24th August 1915 and his name appears on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 18). He was awarded the Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals. He is remembered on the Semley War Memorial in St. Leonard's churchyard, and on the Roll of Honour inside the church. His name was included on the Baptist Chapel plaque, now also in the church. His parents were by then living in Semley, Wiltshire.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission citation states that Lionel had also served in the South African War, spending five years with the Cape Mounted Rifles.

  • Semley Baptist Chapel Plaque
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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives