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George Edward Myall
George Edward Myall was born in Felsted in 1881, and was baptised at Holy Cross Church on 25th September 1881. He was the eldest son of John Elijah Myall and Ellen Jarvis who had been married in the early part of 1881.
John Elijah Myall was the son of William Myall from Felsted.
By 1891, around 1890, John and Ellen had taken their
family to live at Village Street, White Notley, and the family had certainly
grown. (note the census enumerator spelt the family name as “Miall” This has
not been maintained here)
The family stayed in White Notley until 1900 when they
moved to Little Leighs. The 1901 census records the family as living in
Goodmans Road, Little Leighs.
The three oldest children are no longer resident with the family and it is likely that George had already joined the army and was serving overseas, as he does not appear on the census.
We know that John moved the family again and died whilst living in the Maldon area in 1907 aged 51.
In 1911 George Myall appears on the census as a Private Soldier with ‘C’ Company the 1st Battalion, The Essex Regiment, in Quetta India. His age is given as 27 although he would have actually been 30.
His occupation is listed as “Cook” and the Essex Regiment Museum has kindly provided a copy of a photograph of all the Battalion cooks from that period. Private Soldier 8117 George Myall is in the centre of the back row.
By the outbreak of World War One George had transferred to the Second Battalion and was with the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium. He was killed in action on 23rd October 1914. Having no known grave he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial.
He is not commemorated at Felsted, but is commemorated on the Heybridge War Memorial, and tree number 161 of the Maldon Avenue of Remembrance is dedicated to his memory.
His younger brother Ernest John Myall was also killed in the War on 16th September 1916, whilst serving as Private Soldier 5775 with the 23rd Battalion of the London Regiment, having previously been Private Soldier 22621 with the 12th Battalion, the Essex Regiment. Having no known grave he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.
Ernest was born in White Notley in 1890. He was baptised at White Notley Church on 31st August 1890 and the clerk kindly recorded his date of birth as 11th July 1890.