Date of birth: 12th December 1916
Parents: Arthur Henry and Ethel Measures
Address: 63 Emscote Road
George was born in 1916, the youngest of four children. He had two brothers, Arthur Bradley (1909-1999), George Frederick (1916-1942), and a sister, Marian Ethel (1911-1999).
George’s parents were Arthur Henry (1877-1943) and Ethel Measures nee Presgrave (1877-1968). They had married in Nottingham in 1908. By 1911 they were the Master and Matron of The Warwick Poor Law Institution (Warwick Workhouse) at 91 Lakin Road, Warwick.
George and his brother, Herbert both attended Warwick School and were prefects.
George’s sister, Marian married Gabriel Glynn in 1937 and , at the time of the 1939 Register, was listed as a “visitor” at the Workhouse, doing “unpaid domestic duties.” Her husband is not listed, as he travelled abroad a great deal. He was originally from Ireland. Marian departed for Lagos, Nigeria in December 1939 to join her husband. He died in 1943 and Marion must have returned to England some time after this.
George himself is listed on the Register as a “student of music- enlisted in Marines, awaiting call up.” He is shown as single. In his CWGC Record George is shown as BA Cantab indicating that he attended University and graduated.
George’s brother, Herbert also died in the war, in 1941 and is also listed on Warwick War Memorial. Herbert left his estate of £713 16s 3d to his sister Marion. Interestingly, their father Arthur, who died in 1943, is listed on the same page of the Probate Register and also left his estate (of £804 16d 8d) to Marion.
Arthur is described as a “Retired Public Servant” on his Burial Slip for Warwick Cemetery. He and George’s mother, Ethel, were living at 63 Emscote Road at the time of his death. Ethel died in 1968. She is also buried in Warwick Cemetery.
Rank & Number: Lieutenant (A), Not Known
Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Brigade/Division: HMS Indomitable
Date of death: 12th August 1942
Cause of death/Battle: Lost at sea - whilst enroute to Malta, came under sustained attack from submarines and the air from the Italian navy.
Commemorated/Buried: Commemorated on Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire. Bay 3, Panel 7.
Commemorated locally at: Warwick School
In August 1942 George was aboard HMS Indomitable, an aircraft carrier that was part of a huge convoy of warships attempting to break the siege of Malta. The Indomitable came under sustained attack from U-boats and Italian aircraft and was badly damaged. George was ‘lost at sea’ during the battle.
He is commemorated on the Lee on Solent Memorial:
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- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office