Loos Memorial

Rank: Private
Service No: 2176
Date of Death: 28/09/1915
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Cameron Highlanders 4th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 119 to 124.

Additional Information:

Born in 1896 at Woodford, son of Henry Ernest (Master Tailor) and Isabel Pratten. 1901: With his family at Carlisle Cottage High Road South Woodford. 1911: A Tailor, with his family at 16 Elfrida Parade, High Road South Woodford. The family home was later recorded as 141 High Road.

He served in the Army as Private George Ernest, arriving in France during 19-02-15 with 4 Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. The Battalion was in action in 05-15 at the Battle of Festubert, and again at the Battle of Loos in 09-15, when the Battalion was initially in reserve.

On being ordered forward they began crossing open ground towards the ridge while attracting heavy shell and small arms fire. At one point they were forced to lie down for some 2 hours, taking what little shelter they could. At length they made their way up a large plain which sloped towards the ridge beyond the town of Hulloch. Later they supported an attack by 2 Yorkshire Rgt around some quarries, and played a part in subsequent fighting.   On 28-09-15 George Pratten was Killed in Action

Memorial: Rolls of Honour: Woodford United Free Church. St Mary’s Church
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times.
Qualification: Borough Resident.