George Alfred Oades

ordnance corps badgePrivate O9434, Army Ordnance Corps, died at home, 30th October 1915, aged 29

Born at Crowle in April 1886, George Alfred Jnr was the second eldest of the nine children of George Alfred and Alice Ann Oades (nee Kershaw), both of whom had been born in Eastoft. When George Jnr was born his father was a blacksmith in Crowle and the family lived in Church Lane.

The family had moved to North Street by 1901 where George was in apprenticeship to his father. It seems the family had moved back to Eastoft by 1911 although his father was not at home census night. He gave his address as Thorne in 1917 when a younger son, Herbert was attested for the army.

George had certainly left home by 1911. In 1907 he married Isabella Proctor at Cawood near Selby. The couple’s oldest child Martha was born at Cawood the same year but they had moved to Eastoft the following year where their next two children, John and George were born. Around 1911 they moved to Finningley where their youngest daughter Millie was born. Some before he enlisted the family appear to have moved to Scunthorpe and following George’s death his widow was said to live in Francis Street.

George enlisted in the army at Scunthorpe, probably in 1915. The regiment George joined, the Army Ordnance Corps, provided equipment and logistical support for the army from it’s headquarters and training base at Woolwich. George was in training at Woolwich when he somehow fell out of a window, suffering a fractured skull and brain injuries. Taken to the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, George Oades died there of his injuries on 30th October 1915. An inquest into his death held the next day was unable to ascertain a reason for the fall.

His body was brought back to Eastoft for burial and he was laid to rest in St Bartholomew’s Churchyard.

George’s uncle Richard Oades was the village blacksmith in Eastoft and in 1911 George Scott was an apprentice with him.