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More about George Hiorns


1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment

who died on
Friday 4 February 1916 . Age 39.

Additional information:
10607 Private, 1st Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. 91st Brigade, 7th Division. Died of wounds Friday 4th February 1916. Age 39. The son of William and Mary Hirons, of Barford. The husband of Annie Matilda Hirons, 88 Cliffe Hill, Coventry Road, Warwick. He was born in Barford in 1876, and he enlisted in Warwick in October 1914. Before the war he was employed as a labourer. He had previously served as a regular soldier in India and South Africa. He left a widow and two sons. Buried in the Chipilly Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. He is also commemorated on the Warwick War Memorial, and a Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford. Holder of 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

CHIPILLY COMMUNAL CEMETERY Somme, France Grave or Reference Panel Num-ber: A. 6.

Chipilly is 10 kilometres south-east of Albert and 27 kilometres east of Amiens. From Albert, take the D42 in the direction of Morlancourt and Moreuil. As you pass through Morlancourt, on your left there will be a signpost indicating Bray and Chipilly. Turn left here, cross over the Dl Bray road south to Chipilly. The Communal Cemetery lies on the left hand side of the road with the CWGC Plots situated to the far left and the Extension to the rear of the cemetery.

Historical Information:
The village of Chipilly was used by Field Ambulances in 1916. It was captured by the Germans in March, 1918, and retaken in August, after a severe struggle, by the 58th (London) Division; the Division has presented to the commune a drinking-trough, with figures of an Artilleryman and his dying horse, which stands opposite the Church.

Chipilly Communal Cemetery contains a British plot, begun in August, 1915, and used until March, 1916; from July to October, 1916, the French buried six of their soldiers in it. From March to June, 1918, 21 German soldiers were buried in scattered graves in the body of the cemetery; and one British soldier was buried in Row A in April, 1918. There are now over 50, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified.

Regiment, Corps etc.

South Staffordshire Regiment


1st Battalion.



Christian Name(s)



Barford, Warwick





Died Date






Died How

Died of wounds

Theatre of War

France & Flanders

Supplementary notes


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