George Stanley King (Ha. 1906-11)


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Private, Canadian Infantry
Born: September 7th 1895
Died: April 30th 1918

Age at Death: 22

Died of Wounds, France, April 30th 1918

Son of Edward King, Brighton.

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this solider by Hume and Hector Blanchard, leconfield house.

A further donation has been made by The Pawlowicz family.

George Stanley King
Private George Stanley King was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire on 7th September 1895. He was the son of Edward and Eleanor Mary King who had, by the time of their son’s death, moved to Newark in Nottinghamshire. Further details of his background and occupation, or the reason why he subsequently went to school in Brighton, are unclear, although he was certainly not the only Old Brightonian of the period to originate from Lincolnshire. 

It appears that after leaving school King must have emigrated to Canada because, rather than joining one of the English County Regiments, he enlisted in the 7th Battalion, British Columbian Regiment and fought with them throughout the war as part of the 1st Canadian Division. As such he was a member of one of the elite divisions of the BEF, one which was to fight with distinction on the infamous Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and then to be thrown in as a last resort into the desperate battles fought to stem the Ludendorff Offensives in Spring 1918. It was as a consequence of those battles that King lost his life. He died of wounds on April 30 1918 following action in the Arras area and is buried in the small Commonwealth War Cemetery at Ligny-St.Flochel, Averdoingt, France.

Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15

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