Battalion 4th Battalion
Regiment King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
George Edward Hindley Maggs was born on the 1st September 1861 in Bourton, Dorset, the son of Oliver Maggs and his wife, Louisa Honor Maggs. Oliver was a flax spinner and manufacturer who, in 1871, was employing 54 men, 50 women, 39 boys and 11 girls. In 1871, George and his parents were living at Bullpits House, Bourton, Dorset. By 1891, George had been through his education and had become a solicitor, being admitted as a solicitor in May 1885, and joining Scholefield, Taylor and Maggs of Batley. Not long after that, George married Lavinia Cooke on the 23rd August 1887 at Birstal, Leeds.
In 1891, George was living with his wife of four years at Thorneycroft, Gomersal, Leeds with a servant also living in the house. George's business prospered, and by 1901, George and Lavinia were living at Oakwell Hall, Birstall with two servants, and they remained at this property until past 1911, although the number of servants had increased to three by 1911.
By 1915, we find George on the electoral roll for Collingham, so the family must have moved in the four years between 1911 and 1915. Later in 1918 and 1919, George remains on the Collingham electoral roll, but is marked as absent due to Naval or Military Service. His address is given as Hill Top, Collingham.
George was mobilised into the Army in August 1914 and issues of the Collingham Parish Magazine and the Wetherby News from the start of the war both identify George as one of the early recruits from Collingham to serve. George was called up to be a Captain in the 4th Battalion, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. George was promoted to the rank of Major in July 1915 and was Brigade Major of 187th Infantry Brigade, 62nd Division, from February to September 1915. George served at home and in Ireland during the war and according to some sources was once Mentioned in Dispatches.
At some time after the war, George moved to Dorset and at the time of the 1939 Registration Act was living at 'Kites Nest', Shaftesbury, Dorset, and it was in Dorset that we find the next mention of George, in The Western Gazette:
George Edward Hindley Maggs died at 'Kites Nest' Bourton on the 1st April 1945.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 27254
The Collingham Parish Magazine Dec 1914, Jan 1915, & Feb 1915
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
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