Name & Rank:
Lance Corporal George Thomas Humphrey
Birth date & Location
25 February 1887 in Leigh, Reigate, Surrey, UK
Frederick and Emma [Bishop] Humphrey
George Thomas Humphrey was the eldest of nice children born to Frederick and Emma Humphrey, of Leigh, Reigate, Surrey. Frederick worked as a gardener and farm laborer, which is also the profession that George held before the War. He was unmarried, but not living at home, when he enlisted at the age of 27.
Humphrey’s short military service, September 1914-September 1915, was written up in several Surrey newspapers. His death, during the Battle of Loos, was described on December 3, 1915 in the Surrey Mirror and County Post which reported that during and advance he was blocked by wire and was shot while trying to move forward. His last words were quoted by a friend as, “Good-bye, Fred. I have done my bit.”
Death date & Location
25 September 1915 in the trenches east of Vermelles, France. Humphrey is memorialized on a panel of the Loos Memorial in the Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle, France.