George Harold MARRIOTT

There had been Marriotts in Wymeswold, on and off, since 1686; George, born in 1893 was the eldest of two children born to a single mother, Sarah. In 1903, however, she married John Hubbard, and the family lived first in Wymeswold, then in the next village, Hoton. George probably joined up in late 1914 or early 1915, and from his service number, may have already been a Territorial. His first regiment was the Leicesters, but at some time he was transferred to the 2nd Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment. Service with either unit would have seen him survive the Somme, and the advance to the Hindenburg Line. 

On the first day of the great German offensive – 21st March 1918 – George’s battalion was cut off and all but destroyed. There were 373 casualties, including 238 missing. George was one of the dead, but his body was never recovered, and he remembered on the Pozières Memorial. He was one of four Wymeswold men to die that day – the worst that the village experienced in the war.

The entrance to Pozières Cemetery and Memorial
Pozières Cemetery