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Lance Corporal George Edward Gannaway

Biography of Lance Corporal George Edward Gannaway

George Edward Gannaway was born in Jarrow, County Durham on 29 October 1892. He and his parents, Henry G and Margaret R Gannaway, lived at 122 Danes Drive in Scotstoun, Glasgow. His father worked as a naval architect. George was educated at Paisley Grammar School and then at the German School in Genoa. In November 1910, he became an apprentice engineer with Yarrows shipbuilders in Scotstoun. In 1913, aged 21, he enrolled as a student of the Royal Technical College of Glasgow, now the University of Strathclyde. The College register reveals that he followed the first-year Engineering curriculum, which included classes in Mathematics, Natural Philosophy, Physical Laboratory, Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Laboratory, Engineering Drawing and Surveying.

George also studied at the University of Glasgow 1913-1914, taking classes in Engineering Science. As well as studying, he was a member of the Officers Training Corps there.

The outbreak of war interrupted George’s studies for an engineering degree. He enlisted at Glasgow when the 17th Battalion of the Highland Light Infantry was formed in September 1914, and went to France in November 1915. On 1 July 1916, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on the enemy line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. The attack met with fierce resistance and losses were catastrophic. Among those who died was Lance Corporal Gannaway. When his Battalion went over the parapet that day, he was acting as a guide, and he is presumed to have fallen between the second and third German trenches. Lance Corporal George Edward Gannaway is commemorated on Panel 15C of the Thiepval Memorial, and is remembered in the Roll of Honour at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow.

Summary

Lance Corporal George Edward Gannaway
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: 17th Highland Light Infantry
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 1 July 1916
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/705
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/80

Sources

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Records

Thiepval Project.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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