Correctly named Star Capt GH Belas RFA
George Henry Belas was born in 1881 in Celbridge County Kildare near Dublin. His Father was grain merchant from Dublin who had plans to extend the business to America but succumbed to scarlet fever and died before he could do so. George married Winifred Emily Burnaby in London in 1909. Emily was the daughter of Colonel Eustace Beaumont Burnaby of the 10th Regiment. In 1911, he was a law student. We found an address for him, Grove House, North End, Newbury Berkshire.
He first enlisted into the Honourable Artillery Company with the service number 465 before being commissioned into the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (8Bn). He found himself later to be the Commanding Officer of the 4th Division Artillery Column and it is while serving with the RFA he was killed in action.
A report of the incident is recorded in the diaries and reads “Killed at 11:12 PM when an enemy bomb exploded on the Arras-Souchez Road at grid coordinates G 8 b 8 6 on map France 51B”
Also, his burial is noted “Pas de CalaisBuried at 2 PM at grid coordinate G 14 b 9 5 on map France 51B N.W.FranceE.5.”
He is buried in Sainte CatherinesBritish Cemetery and he is also remembered on a memorial in Radclive cum Chackmore Radcliffe Church Buckingham.
On a length of original silk ribbon
Please note there is a small amount of ‘glue residue’ on the lower arm of the star (on the reverse). This in no way detracts anything from the medal. We have tried to photograph it as best as we could.