George Westwood attended Halesowen C of E School and was a pre-war regular soldier. He might have been recalled from the Reserve in August 1914 or was already serving in the 1st Battalion. They went to France in early October and immediately joined in the defence of Ypres. The battles at the end of October were particularly fierce but saved Ypres. During the Spring of 1915 they moved to Artois and went into trenches at Laventie. Attacks on the German line were prepared and the 1st Battalion was in the second wave at Festubert on the 16th May. Some advance was made but the hoped for break-through was not achieved. Private George Westwood was killed in action on the 18th May and is commemorated on the Le Touret, Halesowen and Halesowen C of E School Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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