George Henry Kirk was born in 1891 in Waddington Heath, Lincoln. He was born to John Henry and Elizabeth Anne Kirk. George and his family moved around a lot as his father worked as a farm labourer. George’s family moved to Fishlake before moving a bit further east to Thorne. Later in life, George returned to Lincolnshire, mainly in the Sleaford area, to find work.
During the war, George signed up to the army and joined the 9th Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Sadly, he was killed in action during the Somme on the 16th September 1916 aged 25. He was awarded a 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal, and a Victory Medal for his service. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial at Pier and Face 1C and 2A.
His parents would live at 15 Kirton Lane in Thorne until their deaths.
Story and photographs kindly submitted by Jennifer Callison.