Images and extra information courtesy of the Nolan Family.
Born: 1917, Ipswich.
Died: 28th March 1943; age: 25; Died of Wounds in a field ambulance. George’s tank was hit by 88mm fire during the Battle of the Mareth Line, the tank burst into flames. The crew bailed out but were running about on fire. Only 1 crew member survived.
George joined the Cavalry because he loved horses and was upset because they were replaced with tanks. He won two cross country events in 1941 at Aldershot before being shipped to North Africa.
Wounded: George was wounded during the Battle of El Alamein, he lost fingers on his right hand.
Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 407556.
Regiment: Royal Armoured Corps, Queen’s Bays, 2nd Dragoon Guards, ‘C’ Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Lily Nolan, of Ipswich; husband of Elizabeth Nolan, of Ipswich.
Father: James Nolan, born 1891, Ipswich.
Mother: Lily Maud Nolan (nee Leask), born July 1891, Ipswich.
In 1938, Ipswich, George married Elizabeth Steady, born November 1917, Tendring, Essex.
They had 2 children.