Service Number 74044
Battalion 29 Brigade
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Buried St James on the Corner, Wetherby
George Robert Cumberland was born on the 8th November 1894 in Tadcaster, the son of John R Cumberland and his wife, Sarah (nee Stubbs). In 1911, George was working, aged 15, as a lad at Park Farm, Hoyland, Tadcaster.
We do not know much about George or his military service - we know that he was returned on the 1918 and 1919 Electoral Rolls of Micklethwaite as being Absent on account of Naval or Military Service. George's service record has not survived, but we believe that he served as Driver, then Sergeant 74044 George Robert Cumberland of the 29th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery (RFA). George's medal card for the Great War shows he was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914 Star. The qualifying date for the last medal probably means that George was either already in the Army on the outbreak of war, or that he was a trained reservist who was immediately mobilised. Certainly George first went overseas on the 23rd August 1914 very soon after the outbreak of war.
After the war, we believe George returned to the Wetherby area and that he married Rachel Clayforth in 1944. George died in 1968, and both he and his wife Rachel are now buried in St.James on the Corner, Wetherby.
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