George Millington

George Millington was born in Moore on 16 March 1883. His parents were Joseph and Sarah. He had six siblings – Joseph b1881, George b1883, Albert b1886, Sarah Elizabeth b1889, Arthur b1894 and Alice b1891. The family lived at Spruce’s cottages.

In 1911, he was an estate labourer and in 1916, upon enlistment, described himself as a joiner’s labourer.

George attested on 8 November 1915, but it seems that he wasn’t actually mobilised into the Royal Field Artillery, service number 2643 and 164941, until 18 August 1916, after he had been required to attend a tribunal the previous June.

He transferred to the Anti Aircraft section of the Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 174747, on 8 January 1917. This section of the forces was armed with heavy, large calibre guns and howitzers that were positioned some way behind the front line and had immense destructive power. George spent some of his time fighting in France.

He returned home in 1919 and married Ida Cryan in 1922, in Warrington. They had three or four children – Ida b1924, Joseph b1926 and Doris b1930. There is a memorial to a son, Denis, on his parents’ headstone. The dates of his birth and death are uncertain, as those on the headstone conflict with those on the register of births, marriages and deaths.

In 1939 the family was living at Spruce’s Cottages and George was a labourer at the sewage works.

George died on 16 July 1969, aged 86 and Ida died on 27 August 1978, also aged 86. They are both buried in All Saints’ churchyard.