This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Private 10520 Fred Inman of the 2nd Battalion West Riding Regiment who was born on this day in 1894.
Hartley, George (Jnr)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Gunner

Service Number 81827

Service Army


Regiment Royal Field Artillery

Pre-war Occupation*/marital status**

Trade or Occupation pre-war: Stone mason
Marital status: Married

* Taken from attestation papers or 1911 census
** Marital status on enlistment or at start of war
Connection with Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite and reason for inclusion on this web site
  • Lived in Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite immediately prewar or during the war
  • Named as an Absent Voter due to Naval or Military Service on the 1918 or 1919 Absent Voter list for Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite


Family background

George Hartley was born in East Keswick in 1878, the son of George and Jane Hartley. In 1881, George was living in Back Street, Collingham with his parents and he remained living in Collingham in both 1891, at Church Street, and in 1901 in Wharfedale Terrace where he was working as a servant.

We believe that George may have married Beatrice Annie Beck at Woodside Church, Horsforth on the 3rd October 1904, and George and Beatrice were then living in Horsforth at the time of the 1911 census. George then appears on the electoral roll for Collingham from 1913, so the family must have moved back to Collingham from Horsforth between 1911 and 1913.

Service record

In 1918, George appears on the Collingham electoral roll, but is marked as absent due to Naval or Military service. We have identified that George served in the Royal Field Artillery, enlisting as a Gunner on the 26th May 1915. He served in France and Belgium, first going to France on the 26th September 1915. George's service record did not survive the second world war, and there are a few anomalies that we still need to explain...

Firstly, George's service number appears as either 81827 or 81287 on different forms. Secondly, George's medal records state that he was discharged from service on the 28th August 1918 and that he was discharged under King's Regulations Paragraph 392 (xvi) 2a for sickness, and was awarded a Silver War Badge along with his medal entitlement. This date of discharge would tie up with him being absent for the 1918 electoral roll. However the Silver War Badge lists George as being discharged on the 28th August 1916 and this same date appears on George's Pension card. Finally, we do not yet know exactly which units of the Royal Field Artillery George served with. At the time of his discharge he was with 5c Reserve Brigade RFA. It seems likely that George was wounded or taken ill during overseas service, that he returned to the UK for treatment and became a member of the Reserve Brigade, before being deemed unfit for further service and being discharged.

After the war

We have not unambiguously traced George's life after the war.

Biography last updated 19 January 2020 13:54:15.


1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25972
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).

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