BREWSTER, GEORGE CORNELIUS

CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

GEORGE CORNELIUS BREWSTERRank: Private
Service No: 11737
Date of Death: 25/09/1915
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Wiltshire Regiment 5th Bn.
Grave Reference: D.114
Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Additional Information:

Born on 04-12-89 at Thorley Hertfordshire, son of Charles William (Corn Millers Carman) and Eliza Brewster. 1891: With his family at Thorley Street, Thorley. 1901: A Scholar still with his family at Thorley Street. 1911: The Chauffeur to a Doctor Revill, boarding with George Hoy (Nurseryman) and family at Rose Cottage, High Road South Woodford. When he enlisted at Barking in 09-14 he gave his permanent residence as Bishops Stortford. He was allocated to the Wiltshire Regiment and in due course arrived at Gallipoli.

It has been said that George Brewster was wounded on 29-08-15, “the day the Battalion took heavy losses”. However if that is the case, it is thought that the correct date is the 10-08-15, because after the Battalion was nearly decimated on that date, those who were left suffered few casualties during the rest of the month.

During the early hours of 10-08-15 the Battalion relieved forces which had taken the summit of Chanuk Bair. Advised that the location was quite safe, they removed equipment and began adapting the positions. At first light they came under machine gun fire, and were overwhelmed by a surprise massed Turkish attack which was led by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Driven from the summit into a gully, the Battalion suffered greatly from both Turkish and allied friendly fire. Small groups of four and five, some with dead and wounded, arrived back on the Beach during the 11th, 12th and 13th “unarmed, unequipped and demoralised”. One group remained concealed in the gully until rescued on 26-08, and told of the wounded dying of exhaustion and starvation. Evacuated to medical facilities in Egypt, George Brewster Died of Wounds at Cairo on 25-09-15.

During a Sunday service at St James Thorley, Canon Proctor referred to his ‘manly Christian character and to the esteem in which he was held by all who knew him.’

Memorial: Rolls of Honour: St Mary’s Church Woodford, St James Church & War Memorial Room Thorley.
Separate Folder: YES
Principal Sources: Ancestry. War Diary. Norman Smith/Gallipoli Association 2003. Bill Hardy 2005.
Qualification: Borough Resident.