Committed Suicide because the Army would not send him to France

Committed Suicide because the Army would not send him to France

George Greaves was a farm labourer from Halsall in Lancashire who enlisted as a Driver in the Army Service Corps in January 1915. He had been married for five years and had a son and a daughter. Less than a month later, on 1 February 1915, he was promoted to Lance Corporal, and was sent to work at an Army depot in London. It seems that he was desperate to be sent to the front in France but his wishes were ignored. At some point he was led to believe that his chance of being sent would increase if he were an ordinary ASC Driver, so he resigned his appointment as Lance Corporal. His wishes continued to be ignored and he then committed suicide. It is difficult to imagine what drove him to this point but is, perhaps, indicative of the pressures that some men felt to fight for their country. He is buried in the village churchyard in Halsall.

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  • Born 1885

    Died 1916

    British Army T4/043825 Lance Corporal Army Service Corps 228 Company

    British Army T4/043825 Driver Army Service Corps 664 Company

    British Army T4/043825 Driver Army Service Corps