Wetherby War Memorial - The Great War 1914 - 1918

Private George Utley

Gunter, R B N
Durrant, C M
Weston, C G
Kelly, K G
Armitage, G J
Durrant, H M L
Hargreaves, J P
March, G
Dukes, W
Fowler, R
Westerman, H
Kirk, J C
Wiggins, T A
Telford, G
Harper, J W
Alexander, H W
Mason, T F
Wilkinson, W
Brown, C
Adkin, J
Barton, F
Hobman, A
Webster, A E
March, E A
Miller, G
Hannan, E
Utley, G
Walker, F
Bygrave, E W
Chapman, E
Varley, N W
Bowen, F J
Byrom, F
Backhouse, S
Dalby, M
Crossland, A
Crossley, J S
Dean, R
Frost, A E
Hodgson, F H
Holt, J
Hood, W H
Hill, W
Kitchen, T
Linfoot, E
Metcalfe, J C
Marsden, J
Pawson, W
Precious, G
Scutt, T G
Wiggins, J
Walker, E
Wood, A
Young, T
Pratt, W
Taylor, H
Dawson, G W
Lister, J
Binge, T
Atack, G
Durham, E F
Precious, G R
Wheelhouse Smith, W
Backhouse, H
Swann, J W
Burnsides, G A
Coles, W
Kelly, H W
Miles, J G
Tapsell, K

1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards
Died, 15th September 1916

Cemetery : Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Grave Reference or Panel Number : Pier and Face 7D and 8D

Son of William and Louisa Utley of Wetherby; husband of Mary Ellen Utley (nee Simpson).

The Early Years

George was born in 1880 to parents William, a Journeyman/Tailor, and Louisa Utley. Although George was baptised at St. Marys Church, Whitkirk near Leeds, the family residence was located in the Market Place, Wetherby. In 1882, the marriage was blessed by the birth of a further child, Mary Elizabeth, and in 1884, another daughter was born, Olive. At this juncture, the family are recorded as having relocated to Westgate where Williams' occupation is now described as a Tailor. In 1887, Louisa Utley would unfortunately die at the untimely age of just 30 years and in 1898, William would remarry one Frances Woodburn of West End, Wetherby. In 1901, William and Frances are recording as residing at East Keswick with five children however it is of interest to note that the first two children born to this union, aged eight and five years respectively, were born out of wedlock. Of George Utley, the 1901 Census records him as having found employment as a Servant/Agricultural Horseman at Wighill near Tadcaster, in the employ of one William Thomlinson, a Farmer and Auctioneer.

Courting one Miss Mary Ellen Simpson, the seventeen year old daughter of George and Sarah Simpson of Wighill, Mary was employed a General Servant (Domestic) in the home of Mr. George Dunwell, a Farmer of Wighill Grange. Married in the autumn/winter of 1901, it is not known at present where the newly married couple set up their home but by the recording of the next census in the year of 1911, the family, now comprising of five children, were residing at Moat House, Walton, near Wetherby. On a note of the children at this period, Sarah Louisa was born in 1902, Clara, 1904, Edward, 1905, Nellie, 1908 and Mary Eileen, 1910. A further two children blessed the marriage, Joan, born in 1913, and George Alfred, 1915 respectively.

As regards George's siblings, in 1901, Mary was employed as a Servant/General Domestic in the employ of one Thomas Woodhead, Landlord of the Royal Oak Inn, North Street, Wetherby. Olive in this same year, had found employment at East Keswick as a Domestic Servant with one Joshua Barrett, a Butcher and Farmer. Married in 1906 to one George Goldby at Harewood, Olive would relocate to Stocksfield-on-Tyne.

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