GEORGE MOOREFIELD 

Rank: Gunner
Service Number: 83501.
Regiment: "J" Battery Royal Horse Artillery Died of wounds Thursday 17th May 1917 Age 24County Memorial Runcorn
Commemorated\Buried RUNCORN CEMETERY
Grave\Panel Ref: Section 12 Grave 741
UK
George was the born on the 11th November 1893 to James and Harriet (Died 1903 aged 47) Moorefield. He was educated at the Holy Trinity School and was associated with the Halton Road Wesleyan Church and Sunday School. He was a member of the Runcorn Tally Ho Harriers, and the Weston Point Bible Class. He was also a keen angler and a first class swimmer, having been awarded the certificate of the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for saving a boy from drowning in the Manchester Ship Canal. In 1911 his occupation was listed as a lightship attendant on the River Mersey. He then worked at the Salt Union works at Weston Point.
George was one of the first to enlist from Runcorn, on 6th August 1914, and being attached to the Royal Horse Artillery went to France on the 25th January 1915, taking part in the 2nd Battle of Ypres, where gas was used for the first time by the germans. He was also at Loos , Festubert, and involved in all the heavy fighting, coming home on leave in February 1916.
He returned in March, and three days after rejoining his battery was blown up by a shell. He was treated in France, and then returned to England staying at the 2nd London Hospital at Chelsea until 29th August, were he was discharged from the army.
Through the kindness of the daughter of Viscount French, Miss French, he was admitted to the private hospital at Panchanger, Herts and then another in Surrey. He was sent home in May 1917, suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis, and also shell shock. He was unable to get about without assistance.
On being called before the medical board in September 1917, he was later admitted to the Lord Derby Hospital at Winwick, Warrington, where, despite care afforded to him he passed away. Cause of death was Phthisis following gas wounds.
George was buried on 22nd May 1918, in section 12, grave 741 with full military honours, the bearers, firing party and buglers being from the South Wales Borderers of the Western Command, Liverpool.
His father remarried to a Mary Ann.
He is also commemorated on the Runcorn War Memorial on Greenway Road.

Compiled by Graeme Ainsworth with assistance from Percy Dunbavand