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28 October 2018

George William Vaughan was born on 5 August 1896 to Mary Ann and George Benjamin Vaughan, a farmer.

In 1901 the family were living at Church Road, Stonnall, Shenstone, Staffordshire. He had two younger sisters (probably twins) Dorothy Muriel and Janet Mary.  By 1911 his mother was widowed and listed as a farmer at Stonnall House Farm, Walsall, Staffordshire, where she was living with her 12 year old daughters, whilst George was at the Royal Orphanage School in Wolverhampton (disconcertingly the pupils are listed as ‘inmates’ in the census return)

George enrolled on the Harper Adams Short Course from 19 January to 14 March 1914.  

He served with the 7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment and died on 21 November 1917, age 21 and is remembered with honour at the Arras Memorial.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/778352/vaughan,-george-william/

The Arras Memorial commemorates nearly 35,000 soldiers of the British, South African and New Zealand forces with no known grave. 

https://www.cwgc.org/find/find-cemeteries-and-memorials/82700/arras-memorial

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