Photographs courtesy of Ruth.
Registered at birth as GEORGE BATTELY LING.
Born: 4th January 1891, Valley Road, Mount Eden, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.
Died: 10th May 1915; age 23; KiA – Battle of Hill 60, Festubert. Served 253 days.
Residence: Ely, Cambridgeshire
Occupation: an Iron Monger – Messrs. Peck, of High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Enlistment Details: Location: Marylebone, Middlesex; Date: 29th August 1914; Age: 23 years & 7 months; Next of Kin: mother – Christina Ling – 252, Spring Road, Ipswich; Religion: CofE. Height: 5ft 5 1/4ins, fresh complexion, blue eyes & fair hair.
Date of Entry Therein: 13th December 1914 – France.
Rank: Rifleman; Service Number; Y/211
Regiment: King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 4th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Panel 51 & 53.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mr W. & Mrs C.M. Ling.
1901 6, Neale Street, Ipswich.
George was 10 years old and living with his widowed mother & brothers.
Christina Morrison Ling (nee Mitchell), 35, Living on own Means, born Broad Street, Alloa, Clackmannan, Scotland.
William Morrison Ling, 11, born Mt. Edan, Auckland, New Zealand.
Frederick Page Ling, 7, born Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.
1911 5, Chapel Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
George was 20 years old, an Ironmonger’s Assistant. He was a Boarder at the home of 58 year old, widow, Mahala Fenn, a Dressmaker – own account.
George’s father was William Page Ling, born 1861, 3, Milson Street, Bath, Somerset. Died June 1896, 61, Marion Street, Newtown, St. Peter’s, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
After the death of her husband, Christina returned to the UK with her sons. They made a new home at Ipswich to be near Christina’s father-in-law William Girling Ling, a Draper – own account, of 15, Brooks Hall Road, Ipswich.
George was educated at the Ipswich Municipal Secondary School.
After leaving school George served an apprenticeship at an iron foundry, for 4 years with Messrs. Portway & Son’s, Halstead, Essex. He then moved to Ely, Cambridgeshire and found employment with Messrs. Peck, Iron Mongers of High Street, Ely.
George was a member of the Ely Constitutional Club.
On the 3rd March 1919, George’s family received his 1915 Star.
On the 10th April 1921, George’s Victory & British War medals arrived at the family home.
George’s personal property returned to his family included:
4 letters, a small token, a medical card, Kitchener’s letter and a copy of his attestation.
Reported in the ‘Cambridge Independent Press’ – 21st May 1915:
“Private G.B. Ling of the King’s Royal Rifles, has died of wounds. He was formerly employed in the shop of Messrs. Peck, Ironmongers, of High Street, Ely, and frequently played in the City Football Team. Pte. Ling, who has a brother in the Suffolk Yeomanry, was wounded on two previous occasions.”
Soldiers’ Effects to Christina M. Ling – mother.
The newspaper clipping was kept safe in Christina’s purse until the day she died.
George is also remembered on the war memorial at Almonry Wall, Market Square, Ely, Cambridgeshire, and at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich, and at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
George’s brother Frederick survived the war serving with the Suffolk Regiment, 58th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
Frederick also served during WW2