The Roll of Honour
Full Name:  George PILE
Nationality:  British  
Rank:  Private
Unit:  1st and 5th Battalions
Age at Death:  30
Date of Death:  19 June 1917
Service Number:  240837
Reference:   XIII. H. 9.

 George was born in Pluckley, Kent in 1887, the fourth child of Jessie and Frances Pile. George was one of two sons from the family killed in World War One, the other being Edwin.

In the 1911 Census George and his brother Walter were living with their Uncle Edwin at Thorne, Pluckley near Ashford. George was a Farm Labourer


George was mentioned in the book Turkish Front 1914-1918 written by Field Marshall Lord Carver and published in 2003 (ISBN: 0-330-49108-3)

The following words were spoken by Sergeant J.W FARNOL of the 5th Battalion, The Buffs:

One of our fellows, a jolly brave old chap named George PILE, had been sent back for ammunition and could be seen with the box struggling along with it forward. The bullets were striking all round. Every moment we expected him to drop but he managed to reach us, laughing like a “dood wallah” [a milkman]. They [the Turks] very nearly put paid to your name that time Uncle some wag shouted. I don’t think that there’s a bullet made for me replied George. There wasn’t, for poor Uncle died a natural death at Amarah this summer, after many more narrow escapes of this nature.

George was clearly a very brave man!

During June 1917 the 5th battalion was inactive from a combat point of view. It spent most of the time at Bakuba and Abu Kamed on the Diala River. The weather was hot and humid and the battalion lost many men through heat stroke.’



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