George Belton of Fetcham

George Belton was baptised on 25 September 1881 at St Mary’s Church, Fetcham. His parents were Jane (nee Sayers) and George Belton, who was a labourer and carpenter. The family lived in River Lane, off Cobham Road, Fetcham. His siblings include Edith in December 1882, Sarah in May 1884 and Charles baptised in April 1889 and Ernest baptised in September 1891.

He married Florence Matthews in November 1907 at St Peter’s Church, Croydon. He joined the army in November 1915 when he was 34 years old and was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment. He gave his occupation as a carman. He was 5ft 9 inches tall and weighed 141 lbs.

His brothers were not to survive the war: Charles killed in action on 13 June 1916 and remembered at the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial in Belgium and Ernest killed in action 3 months later on 26 September 1916 and remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.

He died in Croydon in December 1953 aged 72.

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