Posted 06 September 2004 - 09:14 pm
A very interesting topic, I have medals for one of the 2nd RMF killed during this action. Pte George Vinton was the first casualty of WW1 from my district of Irlam & Cadishead (near Eccles, Salford) and one of nearly 200 I am researching for a roll of honour book. If I have got any obvious details wrong re the action etc please let me know.
Private 7806. 2nd Battalion, The Royal Munster Fusiliers.
1st Brigade, 1st Division.
Born in Cadishead. A pre-war soldier, he had enlisted into the Army at Manchester and served in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, and after serving for a number of years he was discharged before the outbreak of war. He resided with his wife and several young children (the youngest having been born since his death) at 39, Atherton Lane, Cadishead and was employed as a coal trimmer at the Partington Coal Basin at the Manchester Ship Canal. Well known throughout the district, he had been one of the most prominent players in the Cadishead Rugby Football team. By August 1914 his wife was pregnant. Due to being a reservist he was recalled on the outbreak of war and posted to the 2nd Battalion of his old regiment, then stationed at Malplaquet Barracks, Aldershot. The Battalion sailed for Le Havre, France from Southampton on board the Dunvegan Castle on the 13th August. He was killed on Thursday, 27th August 1914, during the famous rearguard action at Etreux, in which the 2nd Battalion RMF held up the advancing enemy until being overwhelmed by nine German battalions. George is buried at Etreux British Cemetery, Aisne, France. Row I, grave 6. The cemetery was made by survivors of the action on the 28th August, with permission of the enemy, and the cemetery is very close to the site of the last stand of the Battalion. The Battalion memorial is also sited here. In the middle of May 1915 his wife received the following notification ‘Infantry Records, Cork Station, May 7th 1915, Madam, - It is my painful duty to inform you that a report has been received from the War Office notifying the death of (No.) 7806 Private G. Vinton, 2nd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers, which occurred on the 27th of August, 1914, and I am to express to you the sympathy and regret of the Army Council at your loss. The cause of death was ‘killed in action’ – I am, Madam, Your obedient servant, F. G. Hayes, Captain, Officer in charge of Records’. An article reporting his death appeared in the Eccles Journal dated 14 May 1915. Awarded 14 Star & Bar trio.
The 1901 Census records the following:
George (born Hull, age 38 and a coal trimmer) and Wife, Caroline (born Hull, aged 38) lived at 30, Hayes road, Cadishead with their children, George (born Hull, aged 17 and a soapworks labourer), Eva (born Hull, aged 15), Charles (Born Hull, aged 12), Caroline (born Hull, age 10), Emily (born Cadishead, age 6) and Selina (born Cadishead, age 1).
I have a photo of Pte Vinton.