Aubrey, George Ayers (1896-1917)

Eldest son of Henry and Mary Ayers Born 4th June 1896

1901 Census aged 5 living at The Three Crutches Public House, Crutches Lane Strood with his parents and younger sister. His father was the Foreman of a Cement Works. The family were living with Mary’s father and mother John and Alice Howes, John was the Publican. The brother in law of John Howes was also registered there as was a boarder.

1911 Census Not listed

14th January 1908 he enrolled at Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School in Form 2. His father is noted as Licensed Victualler of 2 Station Road, Strood. Aubrey had previously been at a private school. He left the school from Form U3a on 14th May 1910.

1911 Census Unable to find any of the family listed.

Military Career

Enlisted as a Trooper in 2nd Life Guards in Windsor on 4th December 1914, service number 3606

Trade – Butcher residing in Cliffe

Height 5ft 10inches, weight 154lbs, chest 37 ½ inches. Fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair.

Appointed Lance Corporal 2.5.16, reverts to Trooper 3.8.16

Home service from 4.12.14 to 13.2.17

His Sick List shows that he had three spells in 2nd Life Guards Hospital with Influenza in 1915 and 1916

Embarked France 14.2.17

He died on 26th February 1917 of Bronchial Pneumonia in No 9 General Hospital having been admitted on the 15th February

His effects total £3 18s. 4d. which was left to his father, listed as Harry Ayers of 2 Station Road Strood.

2nd Life Guards wrote to his Father at the Amalgamation Hotel, Station Road in March 1919 asking for details of living relatives but it is his mother that signed the document as the sole relation.

He is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France


Sources sources

England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915

1901 Census Class: RG13; Piece: 719; Folio: 98; Page: 21, comp. UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008

National Army Museum; Chelsea, London, England; Soldiers’ Effects Records, 1901-60; NAM Accession Number: 1991-02-333; Record Number Ranges: 439001-440500; Reference: 245

Find My Past sources

National School Admission Registers & Log-books 1870-1914 C/ES/306/4/7/2/3

Passenger Lists leaving UK 1890-1960

British Army Service Records WO 400 – The Household Cavalry 1801-1919 1856 Jan 01-1919 Dec 31 WO 400 89

Other sources

De Caville Index


Biography compiled by Sean Ryan

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