George William Barratt was born in Welton in 1879 the son of George and Elizabeth Barratt. By 1891 the family was living in Ellerker and his army papers give his address as “Elleker”.
He was 35 years old and unmarried when he joined the 12th Service Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment, one of the Hull Pals battalions. He was 5’5″ tall and gave his occupation as Farm Servant, living in Ellerker when he signed on in Hull on December 29th 1914.
He transferred to the 14th Battalion on the 15th December 1915 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 11th March 1916. He finally moved back to the 12th Battalion on the 9th April 1916 and died on the 13th November 1916 five days before the battle of the Somme ended for the winter.
He was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal posthumously. His body was never found but he is commemorated on the Pier and Face 2c of the Thiepval memorial.
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