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George Albert Wakefield

Rank: Lance-Corporal
Town/Village: Newtownforbes
Civil Parish: Clonguish
Catholic Parish: Clonguish
Alternative Address: Ballinlough, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath;
Census 1901: Resident at Rutland Square, Dublin
Census 1911: Possibly boarding at The Royal Artillery Barracks And The Cavalry Barracks, Butt Road, Colchester
Regiment/Unit: 4th (Queen's Own) Hussars
Regiment Number: 1228
Date of Death: 16-10-1914
Cause: Killed in action, Battle of Messines
Memorial: La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, La Ferte-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne, France

George and was born in Newtownforbes on the 14 January 1886. His father William came from the parish of Newtownforbes, and was a merchant in their youth, while his mother Louisa Adelaide MacDonagh was a matron from Dublin.

George moved to Rutland Square, Rotunda, Dublin (likely for education purposes) where he became a boarder with his older brother William. After his education, George worked as a printer before enlisting in the army in March 1905. 

Pte. Wakefield was called to the front in September 1914, and was later promoted to Lance-Corporal. He died at the Battle of Messines (1914) which took place from the 12 October to the 2 November 1914.

His brother William was drowned on the R.M.S. Leinster on the 10 October 1918.

Parents Names: Son of William Wakefield and Louisa (née McDonagh), Newtownforbes
Notes: In his will, George leaves all his property to Miss Margaret Kennedy of 6 Foster Terrace, Ballybough, Dublin.

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