Service No: 2093
Date of Death: 01/11/1914
Regiment/Service: London Regiment (London Scottish) 1st/14th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 54.
Memorial YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Born at Norwich in 1892, son of Charles William (Merchant) and Emma Randall. Most of his time in Woodford was spent at the family home, “The Hollies”, Grove Hill. Educated at Sidcup College. Employed in his father’s business as M.D of the Hamburg Branch, and Director of C.W. Randall & Co. Ltd in London. He was a Communicant member of the Parish Church, and active in the Young Peoples Guild.
Having joined the London Scottish on 15-06-14 and volunteered for foreign service when the war began, he was sent to France with the first contingents of Territorial Soldiers on 15-09-14.
He was Killed in Action at the Battle of Messines Ridge, where Battalion fought its first engagement of the war, which was also the first engagement by any TF unit. On 31-10-14 they were told to dig in on the Ridge, but during the night of 31-10/01-11 they were bayonet charged by the enemy. In fierce hand to hand fighting the Battalion held their ground driving the enemy back from their trenches, so halting the German advance to the coastal ports. The cost was great. By 02-11 there were some 400 casualties, 88 of whom were dead. George Randall was killed during what would become known as the legendary charge by the London Scottish.
On 20-06-15 at the 11 am Sunday service, a stained glass window was unveiled in his memory at the Parish Church. This was damaged by fire in 1969.
Memorial: Roll of Honour & Window St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times.
Qualification: Borough Resident.