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George Walter Cuddington (1892-1916) - Pte G/8826 The Royal Sussex Regiment) George   Walter   Cuddington    was   born   in   1892   the   middle   of   three   sons   of   Edward   Harry   Cuddington   and   his   wife   Kate   Eliza   (nee Bishop).   Edward   and   Eliza   were   originally   from   West   Sussex   but   Edward   moved   to   Wandsworth   in   London   around   1880   and   Kate   joined him   after   their   marriage   in   1899.   Edward   Cuddington   was   a   Civil   Servant   and   eldest   son   John   followed   him   into   this   profession   but George took up a trade as a Baker/Pastry Chef. By 1915 George was working as a baker at Christs Hospital and living at the school Signing   up   in   Horsham   on   10th   December   1915   George   was   assigned   to   the   Royal   Sussex   Regiment   as   Pte   G/8826   and   was   mobilised   to the   Regiment   on   the   8th   February   the   following   year.   On   the   following   day   he   was   posted   to   the   3rd   Btn   RSR   for   training   and   on   the   1st June 1916 was posted to the 9th Btn and sent to join the BEF in France. Although   the   9th   RSR   were   in   trenches   for   the   most   part   of   June   and   July   1916   they   were   located   in   a   relatively   quiet   part   of   the   front line   with   the   War   Diary   reporting   just   a   few   shells   and   snipers   and   a   time   being   mostly   occupied   by   day   to   day   duties   such   as   training and trench maintenance. In   August   however   the   battalion   moved   to   Corbie-sur-Somme   and   enemy   activity   increased   significantly.   On   16th   August,   the   battalion were   posted   to   trenches   near   Guillemot   in   support   of   an   attack   against   the   German   defences   surrounding   the   town.   The   attack   took place on the 18th and 19th August and claimed the lives of some 26 men of the battalion. George   Cuddington   was   one   of   these   casualties.   Having   being   sent   straight   to   the   front   George   had   survived   just   10   weeks   before   being Killed in Action on 18th August 1916. George   was   awarded   the   British   War   Medal   and   the   Victory   Medal   for   his   service.   His   body   was   never   recovered   but   his   sacrifice   is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial
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