George Prudence’s birth was registered in the December Qtr. 1880 in the Stepney District, Middlesex. His parents were William Lawrence Prudence and Mary Ann (Field).
In the 1881 census the family are shown as living at Devonport Street, Ratcliffe, Middlesex, however by 1891 they were living at Daisy Bank, Ditton. Looking at the birth places of William and Mary’s other children it appears they moved about 1884.
William Prudence died in 1895, and by 1901 the family were living at New Hythe. George was employed as a Labourer at a Cement works.
In 1911 George is shown as living in New Hythe at a place called “Perseverance” cottage or similar( the first word is not clear). He is an unmarried Cement Labourer, living with his widowed mother.
George joined the Royal Garrison Artillery on 1/12/1916 at Maidstone. Service Number 134534. He gave his age as 36yrs 93 days, occupation as a Smith’s stoker, living at Twisden Cottage, New Hythe. Mother living at the same address given as next of kin.
He is described in his Army Service record as being 5feet 5 and ¾ inches tall. He is shown as having Aortic Stenosis and overlapping toes but these were not thought to be serious enough to stop him serving.
On the 21/3/1918, George was killed in Action in France. He was serving with the 262nd Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillary. He is Commemorated at ARRAS MEMORIAL.
Information supplied by Peter Knight