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 in 1934 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.


Grave Reference:


Sfax War Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of James & Lily Nolan, of 94, Myrtle Road, 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.


George was part of the 100 strong contingent of the Queen’s Bays that escorted the King George VI’s coach at his coronation.

One Comment

  • Hi, this is my Uncle and I have a photo of his headstone in the sfax cemetary cared for by the commonwealth war graves comission if you would like a copy.


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