GEORGE WILLIAM RIVERS

image from 1918 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury Newspaper

 

Born; 1896, Hong Kong, China.

Died: 3rd September 1918; age 22; KiA.

Residence: 257, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Employed: Messrs. R. Bond and Sons, Auctioneers, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk. Next of Kin: Aunt – Miss Rivers, of 257, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

 

Rank: Private: Service Number: 320371

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 15th (Suffolk Yeomanry) Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

IV.D.10.

Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension,

Somme,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Thomas & Adelaide Lucia Rivers, of Earls Colne, Essex.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   2, Crane Hill, Ipswich.

 

George was 4 years old and living with his paternal aunt.

Eliza Rivers, 42, Living on own Means, born Plaistow, Essex.

1 general domestic servant.

 

In 1901, George’s parents, and 1 year old sister were living at 52, Hazelbourne, Streatham, Surrey. His father G.T. was a Stationer.

 

1911   257, Norwich Road, Ipswich.

 

George was 14 years old and living with his aunt.

Eliza Rivers, 50, Private Means.

1 general domestic servant.

 

Father: George Thomas Rivers, born 1861, Lowestoft, Suffolk. Known as G.T.

Mother: Adelaide Lucia Inman, born 1873, Albany, Western Australia, Australia.

 

George attended Mrs. Steel’s private prep school, Ipswich, Banham Grammar School – 22nd January 1908 – July 1909, the privately owned grammar school began to get into difficulties in 1909, the Headmaster, Fred Cole, left to become Headmaster at Thetford Grammar School, taking 26 boys with him. George was one of these boys and attended and boarded Thetford Grammar School – 23rd September 1909 – 20th December 1910. First in Form IV and then Form V. His parents were recorded as living in America. His residence – 257, Norwich Road, Ipswich. His father George Rivers occupation was an Engineer. Full fees were paid at Thetford Grammar School. George then moved on to Woodbridge Grammar School. His parents were recorded as Farmers, at Spokane, Washington, America.

In 1871, at the age of 8, George’s father, George Thomas Rivers, also attended and boarded at Banham Grammar School.

George’s parents separated. His sister, Elsie Adelaide Rivers, born 1900, Farnham, Surrey remained with their mother. In May 1909, Adelaide married William Drew, at Lincoln Couthy, Washington. In October 1916, Adelaide married James Lee Speed, at Waterville, Douglas County, Washington. In June 1919, his father, George, of Spokane, Washington return to England, sailing from Montreal to Liverpool.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to George Thomas Rivers – father.

 

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