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George Marchant


Name: George Marchant

Rank: Signaller

Service Number: 9182

Regiment: Devonshire

Battalion/Unit number: C Company 2nd Battalion

Date/year of Birth: 1894

Place of Birth: Taunton

Date of Death:  5th June 1916

Place of Death: Picardie, France

Burial/Memorial: Aveluy Communal Cemetery, Picardie, France

George Marchant was the second son of Sidney and Sarah Jane Marchant of 37 St Augustine Street, Taunton.  He was killed in action on 5th June 1916 while on duty as the company signaller in a telephone dugout during a bombardment of the trenches at night.  His Company Captain described him as "always such a  cheerful willing man, that we all miss him very much in the company."

He had been in the army since November 1910.  At the outbreak of war he was on service in Egypt and was brought home for duty on the Front, where he served from Autumn 1914.  He had been home on leave in January 1916 and had escaped injury, despite having been through much fighting, including the battle of Neuve Chapelle.  His last letter sent to his parents was optimistic and he stated that he hoped to be home for good by Christmas.  In joining the army Private Marchant had followed in the footsteps of his father who had been a soldier for a while and had served in the Afghan War.



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