World War I
George Booty

The lucky horseshoe sign of the 37th Division (www.1914-1918.net)
George Booty nearly made it through the entire war. He was born in Margaretting, lived and subsequently enlisted in Ingatestone into the 1st Batt the Essex regt, on 7th August 1914 just three days after war broke out.
.He was a private, service number 325115.
From his war record he was wounded in France 23rd March 1918 and then died of wounds just a week before the Armistice was signed (4th Novemeber 1918), during the battle of the Selle.
George is buried in Solesmes Communal Cemetery... The 2nd South Lancashires and the 1st Wiltshires were attacked at Solesmes on the evening of 25 August 1914 and on 19-21 October 1918, the 62nd (West Riding) Division, followed by the 61st (South Midland) Division, captured and cleared the town after severe fighting in the streets. The north-west corner of Solesmes Communal Cemetery was used by the Germans who buried Commonwealth soldiers and airmen who died in August 1914, May 1917 or October 1918. Rows A and B, in the north-east corner, were made by Commonwealth troops in October and November 1918. The cemetery contains 30 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, five of which are unidentified. (www.cwgc.org)
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