Francis George Jewison (Ewison)

KOYLIPrivate, 243038 (previously 5384), 1/5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, killed in action, 23rd October, 1917, aged 20.

Born at Crowle in January 1897, Francis George (known as George) was the oldest son and one of the three children, including his twin sister Margaret, of Thomas (Tom) and Isabella Jewison (ne Sleight). His father was from Crowle and mother from Ragnall, Nottinghamshire. From 1901 the family lived at Sandtoft Plains, where his father was respectively a gardener and then a farm labourer.

George enlisted in the Army at Epworth, late 1915 and was posted to 1/5th Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He joined them overseas post 1916, when they were serving with 148th Brigade, 49th (West Riding) Division.

On 18th October, 148th Brigade had taken over trenches in the Zonnebeke sector, east of Ypres where they were subjected to heavy shelling until relieved by 10th Canadian Brigade during the night of 22nd-23rd October. During this relief on 23rd October, 1/5th King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry lost only one man, Private George Jewison, most likely to the enemy shelling.

Originally buried in a battlefield grave close to where he fell, in 1919 his body was exhumed and George is now buried in White House Cemetery, St Jean-les-Ypres.

George Jewison is remembered on Thorne War Memorial, as he is in military records, as Francis George Ewison.