George Fleming was the elder brother of my grandmother, Beatrice Sylvester. She was my mum's mum. Before the war, he was employed as a 'banksman' in a coalmine in Walsall Wood in the south Staffordshire coalfield. He joined the 1/5th South Staffordshire Regiment, the Walsall Territorial battalion. My Nan could remember him coming home on leave. We have his letters. He was always asking for socks. He won the Military Medal for throwing grenades at the Germans. He was promoted to the rank of Serjeant. He died of wounds received in the vicinity of Rossignol Wood in the Somme area during the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line / Siegfried Stellung. He died on 22/03/1917 and is buried at Warlincourt Halte, Cemetery on the Arras - Doullens Road. We have the letter from the Padre at the Casualty Clearing Station asking the family to pray for him as he was in a lot of pain but he was being made comfortable.

Caron Thomas