George Everitt Wroot

Trooper, 2104, Household Battalion, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line, killed in action, 3rd May 1917, aged 17

Born at Crowle, c1900, George was the third son and one of the ten children of Ryall and Mary Wroot (nee Waterhouse). His mother was from Leeds and his father from Eastoft had given up life as a farmer there to work as a travelling showman. As benefits the nature of the profession the family moved quite frequently, all of George’s elder siblings were born in different locations, and they were living in Swinefleet in 1901, back in Eastoft in 1911.

Like his elder brothers and sister, George was probably destined for a life on the carnival circuit when he enlisted in the Army at Goole in 1916. It was probably these skills that saw him allocated to the Household Cavalry. In September 1916 the reserve units of the Household Cavalry (the 1st and 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards) were instructed to form an infantry battalion, known as the Household Battalion.

After retraining the Household Battalion landed in France on 9th November 1916 where they joined the 10th Brigade in the 4th Division. They manned trenches for the first time on 8th December 1916 at Sailly Sailliesel, in the Somme Valley. The Battalion participated at Arras in the First Battle of the Scarpe, engaged in action around Fampoux. It took them eleven days to fully capture the ruined village, during the course of which they suffered 175 casualties.

When the Third Battle of the Scarpe began on 3rd May 1917 the Household Battalion were instructed to push further on past Fampoux and attack Roeux. Just outside the village was Roeux cemetery, heavily defended by well entrenched German infantry who put up stiff resistance and forced the Household Battalion back. Among the 230 casualties at Roeux was the 17 year old George Wroot.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial at Faubourg-D´Amiens Cemetery.

George is not commemorated on either the Crowle or Eastoft War Memorials, but he is remembered on Goole War Memorial.