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George Henry Colesell

Rank: Private

Lifetime: 1889 -1915

Reference: L/13104

Private George Henry Colesell (L/13104) of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) died on 5 June 1915 at Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Helles Memorial. He is not listed on the Hampton Wick War Memorial but his Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry refers to him as the son of George and Annie Colesell of 28 High Street, Hampton Wick (subsequently demolished to form the car park of the rebuilt Swan Public House).

Private Colesell was born in January 1890 in Kingston. His father was a bricklayer and he had one brother born in Twickenham and another born in Islington. The Census returns in 1891 and 1901 document the family’s move from Kingston to Springfield Road, Teddington. By 1911 Private Colesell was 22 and in India, having enlisted in the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusilers.

His entry in UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War reports that he enlisted in Hounslow and entered the theatre of war on 25 April 1915 being killed in action less than six weeks later. It is unclear why he was not commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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