Lance Corporal George Cartledge

1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment

Lance Corporal George Cartledge was born in1891 in Hull East Yorkshire. He was the son of George and Sarah Cartledge and one of a family of eight, having five sisters and two brothers.  The 1911 census records the family as living in Park View Sculcoates Lane, Hull, where George’s father, George Cartledge, is recorded as working as a General Building Labourer and George was working as a General Labourer.

He enlisted into the Territorial Force on the 17th May 1909 and was attached to the 4th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment and subsequently was appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal in August 1914. On the 17th April 1915 his regiment embarked with 150th Brigade 50th (Northumbrian) Division at Folkstone and disembarked at Boulogne. The division assembled in the area of Steenvoorde to the north of Hazebrouck and arrived just as the German army had attacked nearby Ypres, using poison gas for the first time. The Division were immediately rushed into the Battle of St Julien (24th April to 5th May 1915).  During this battle, George received a bullet wound in his thigh and returned to England.

L/Corporal Cartledge returned to France with the Expeditionary Force for two periods 7th October 1915 to 16th May 1916 and 1st August to16th September 1916.  He was posted from the 1/4th to the 1st Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment on the 1st September 1916 and fought in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.

Lance Corporal George Cartledge was killed in action on the 16th September 1916 during the Battle of Flers-Courcelette.

Remembered with Honour
Thiepval Memorial. Somme, France.