Judge G

GEORGE JUDGE (1893 – 1917)

34618 Private George Judge, 6th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was killed in action 18 December 1917 and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium [1] and St. Helen’s Colliery Memorial Cottages. He was 23 years old, the son of George and Elizabeth Judge.

Family Details:

George Judge was born 6 June 1893 at Barnard Castle, the son of George Judge and Elizabeth nee Boyle.  There were 5 children all children were born at Barnard Castle:

  • John Michael born 1883
  • Elizabeth M. born 1885
  • Jane born 1889
  • George born 1893
  • Thomas A. born 1896[2]

In 1901 the family lived at 7 Bede Terrace North, Barnard Castle.  George’s father worked as a platelayer on the railway. [3] In 1911, 17 year old George worked as a farm labourer for Robert Henry Orton at Ox Close Farm, Spennymoor. [4]  Presumably George later worked at St. Helen’s colliery and lived with his brother John at 37 Fylands Bridge, Tindale Crescent.  Details refer to him being the brother-in-law of Mrs. John Judge, ie Sarah Ann (nee Proud). [5]

Service Record

The service record of Private George Judge has not been traced and the war diary of the 6th Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (6/KOYLI) has not been researched.

George Judge enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry being given the regimental number 4874 and was transferred to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, regimental no.34618, at a later date.[6]

The 6th (Service) Battalion, the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was formed 12 August 1914 as part of K1 and came under the command of 43rd Brigade, 14th Division and landed in France 21 May 1915. [7]  The 14th (Light) Division comprised 41st 42nd and 43rd Brigades and the following units made up the 43rd:

  • 6th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry
  • 6th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
  • 6th Battalion, Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • 10th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry

The 14th Division served on the Western Front throughout the war.[8]  The last major offensive of 1917 was the Second Battle of Passchendaele 26 October – 10 November as part of the Third Battle of Ypres.[9]   There was no major offensive being carried out in December 1917.   On 18 December 1917, 6/KOYLI suffered 2 losses in the ranks, Private G. Judge and 36309 Private Irvine Walters from Barnsley, both of whom have no known grave. [10] Without any firm details from the war diary it is assumed that both men were casualties of the usual violence of warfare – sniping or shelling and their bodies were not recovered or their graves were lost on the battlefield.

Private G. Judge was awarded the British War and Victory medals. [11]

Commemoration

Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing:  Private George Judge is commemorated on this memorial along with almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are unknown including Private I. Walters.  The Memorial to the Missing forms the north eastern boundary of the Tyne Cot Cemetery and is one of 4 memorials to those with no known graves in Belgian Flanders.  The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and unveiled in July 1927. [12]

References:

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] Ancestry askham & Musgrave family trees

[3] 1901 census

[4] 1911 census

[5] CWGC

[6] SDGW

[7] http://www.1914-1918.net/koyli.htm

[8] http://www.1914-1918.net/14div.htm

[9] http://www.warpath.orbat.com/battles_ff/1917.htm

[10] Soldiers Died in the Great War

[11] Medal Roll

[12] Commonwealth war Graves Commission

Photographs:

TYNE COT CEMETERY & MEMORIAL

TYNE COT CEMETERY & MEMORIAL

JUDGE J. TYNE COT MEMORIAL Inscription

JUDGE J.
TYNE COT MEMORIAL
Inscription

JUDGE J. Medal Roll

JUDGE J.
Medal Roll

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