On 25th May we remembered Morton man, George Plowright who was killed this day in 1915.

George Plowright was born in Bourne, Lincolnshire in c 1893.
His birth was registered in Bourne in the September quarter of 1893 indicating a birth between July and September of that year.

George was the only child of Mary Ann Plowright a spinster from Morton. Mary was born c1872.

George’s father is unknown but his mother did get married to a Edward John Fowler. This marriage was registered in the Bourne District but it is likely that this could have taken place in Morton on the 15th May 1905.

The children of Mary are:
George Plowright (WW1; 1st/5th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry)

The children of Edward and Mary are:
James Edward Fowler c1906,
Charles Herbert Fowler c1908,
Sarah Susannah Fowler c1910

On the 1911 census George Plowright was living in Morton aged 17 and working as a milkman on farm of John Rodgers.

The Soldiers Died in the Great War records show George was enlisted in Doncaster which it appears to be where his mother and stepfather was living as of the 1911 census.

Other comments on the CWGC records show that George was the Son of Mr E J and Mrs M A Fowler, of 70 Kelham Street, Doncaster.

Military History
George’s war office records are yet to be uncovered and may be part of the records that were destroyed by fire in the Blitz.

The medal rolls does show George was eligible for a 1915 Star so we must assume that he did serve abroad before 1816 also it states that Private George Plowright of the Yorkshire Light Infantry entered the French theatre of war on 14th April 1915.

George Plowright was killed in action on 25th May 1915.

The following has been compiled with the help of the archives for the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, The Yorkshire office of the Rifles.

The 5th Battalion of the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry arrived in France on the 13th April 1915 and by the end of the month were in trenches near Bois Grenier, a small village 3km south of Armentieres.
Over the period of George’s death the battalion were cutting new trenches which came under artillery fire. Twelve men were killed and eleven wounded during this.

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission we know that George was serving in the “C” Coy, 1st/5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, when he was killed on 25th May 1915.

Memorial
Private George Plowright 1917, “C” Coy, 1st/5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, is remembered with honour at the Bois-Grenier Communal Cemetery.
Grave Ref: H3.

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