George Leonard Hamshire was born in 1898 and lived all of his life in Ilford with his parents, George and Clara, and his seven brothers and sisters. During the 1911 census, George’s address was 29 Hunter Road, Ilford.
George enlisted in the Navy on 26th June 1913 and joined the crew of HMS Impregnable. The following year he was the 1st Boy on the HMS Pembroke. George died of disease on board the ship on 13th November 1914; he was 16 years old.
George was buried in St. Olaf Cemetery, Orkney. His older brother, Edward, died from wounds sustained in battle six months later on 6th June 1915.
Research by Redbridge Museum
Commonwealth War Graves Commission