Correctly named 17645 Pte GW Macklin E York R
George William was born to Charles and Matilda in 1893 in Withernsea.
He served with the 8thBn East Yorkshires and landed in France in September 1915. He would have had not long to wait until his baptism of fire as the 8th played their part in the Battle of Loos from the 25th of September 1915. Into 1916, the 8th were operating across the Ypres Salient. The battalion entrained for the Somme on the day the offensive began, 1 July. It went into brigade reserve when 3rd Division took over the Caterpillar Wood sector near Montauban
Still with the 8th, later July 1916, they continued their part in fighting in the Battle of the Somme. George was shot in the back and buttock and was admitted to hospital on the 16th of July 1916. the Battalion were fighting at Delville Woods from the 14th of July.
George was transferred to the Labour Corps with the service number 463313 after this.
Pension Cards have his address as 15 Barnby Moor, Nunthorpe, Guisborough, Yorkshire.
He married Elizabeth Alice Muxlow in 1919.
In 1939 we find him with his family living at 3 Council Houses, Beverley, Yorkshire. He is seen to again be working as a farm labourer, he pre-war occupation.
The medals all have original ribbons.