Friday, August 3, 2012

Corporal George H Mallison 23612

This one needs a bit more information to find the reason for his being on the parish memorial but I selected him because he was the only George H Mallison on the CWGC ( I also searched under Mallinson as that seems to be the obvious misspelling) It seemed unlikely at first as he was in the Leicestershire Regiment and his parents were in Warwickshire but his medal card gave me his unusual middle name Harker and from there it was easy to find his birth record (Liverpool) and baptism record (Polesworth).

George Harker Mallison

George Harker Mallison was born Oct 29th 1891 in Liverpool, his parents were Benjamin and Emily Ann Mallison. He was christened on 24th Feb 1899 in Polesworth, Warwickshire. The christening record (below) shows that Benjamin was a mill manager.

The 1891 census shows that Benjamin and Emily Ann Harker lived at Trensall House, Queen Street, Polesworth. Benjamin was manager of a flour mill and was born in Todmorden, Yorkshire. A bit of research showed that Emily's maiden name was Uttley.

The 1900 Kelly's directory of Warwickshire shows that Benjamin Mallison was the general manager of Mallebey's Roller Flour Mills Ltd in Polesworth.

In the 1901 census the family are split up and visiting people, Benjamin visiting a family in Polesworth (their surname appears to be Hawley) and Emily and their daughter Dorothy (born 1895) visiting a family in Todmorden. I have found a likely entry for George visiting a family by the name of Glover in Liverpool.

In 1911 the family had moved to Ireland, presumably following Benjamin's job. The census shows that they were living in a house with 13+ rooms, a coach house, piggery, fowl house and coal house, it had 22 windows on the front! It was very close to the flour mill where Benjamin worked as manager. George was 19 years old and working as a Commercial Clerk in a biscuit factory.

The medal card for George H Mallison shows that he was in the Leicestershire Regt as a Corporal with the regimental number 23612. He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

George H Mallison died on 13th November 1918, after the armistice. His grave is in the Beirut War Cemetery.

Click here to see the CWGC database entry for G H Mallison

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