Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sjt George J Mackarell 16027

There was only one entry for George J MacKarell in the CWGC database, it gave his parents names and address in Liverpool
George James MacKarell, with thanks to Jan for sharing.

George James Mackarell was born in 1897 in Formby, Lancashire. His parents were William and Alice Mackarell.

I believe the following baptism record (from Formby, St Peter) is for George, although it doesn't have a christian name the year, place and parents' names and occupation all match. I assume they either had him christened before they had chosen a name or it was accidentally left off the record.

 The 1901 census shows the family living in Wallasey, their address was recorded as '1 Model Farm' and William (aged 30) was working as a stockman: agricultural cattle. Alice did not have an occupation and they had a daughter Alice M aged 5 and George aged 3. They also had a boarder who is a milk dealer.

In 1911 the family were living at 9 Newton St, Toxteth. William's occupation was cowman working for a milk dealer and Alice did not have an occupation. The census form shows that they had 3 surviving children and had lost 2. Alice M from the 1901 census was no longer with them. Their 3 children with them were George James aged 13, Amy Lillian aged 7 and William Henry aged 5.


Using the regiment and number from the CWGC I can identify this medal index card as belonging to George James MacKarell, despite the misspelled surname.

The card shows that he was in the 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment as a Lance Corporal and then a Serjeant with the number 16027.
The card also shows that George J MacKarell first entered the war in France on 27.8.1915.
There is a note to show that he was Killed in Action on 1.7.1916
 Medal Index Card source: National Archives

UK Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

George Mccarroll
Birth Place:
Formby, Lancs
Death Date:
1 Jul 1916
Death Location:
France & Flanders
Enlistment Location:
York and Lancaster Regiment
8th (Service) Battalion
Type of Casualty:
Killed in action
Theatre of War:
Western European Theatre
Note that the name is misspelled the same way as the medal index card. It is spelled correctly on the CWGC memorial as families were consulted about names and inscriptions.

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