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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, marking the grave at Caterpillar valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray
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Attended Mundella School, Meadows, Nottingham. Member of No 2 (Nottingham) Coy. The Boys' Brigade (Dakeyne Street Boys' Club) in which he was a corporal
09 Sep 1916
17
553238 - CWGC Website
R/12600
Lance Corporal
2nd Bn King's Royal Rifle Corps
Seventeen year-old Lance Corporal George Ernest Manlove Higgs, served with the 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, he was killed in action on 9th September 1916 buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval (grave ref XI.H.19) One of four boys who enlisted directly from Mundella school; all killed. (Mundella Magazine, Christmas 1918). Slightly wounded September 1917 and admitted to a field hospital; killed in action the day he returned to his unit.
Mundella Magazine, Xmas 1916, 'Our Fallen': Thus writes a friend: ‘This war has produced many heroes. Some in the excitement of a few minutes of a ‘crowded life’ have done deeds of valour; others, coolly calculating the cost, have, in the full knowledge of the consequences, nobly played their part. George Higgs was of the latter company, for as a pupil in the fifth form he offered his services to his country. Although extremely young, his build was that of a lad beyond his years, and his training already recognised, for he had won his corporal’s stripes in the No 2 (Nottm) Coy. The Boys Brigade. He devoted himself whole-heartedly to his new life and soon gained his first stripe, as member of the Lewis Gun Section. A slight wound had necessitated a temporary withdrawal to the Field Hospital, but on the day he returned to his battalion, he made the supreme sacrifice. Even in his last message home, there was a reference to his old school, with which he had kept in touch from his enlistment. Others may add lustre to the school’s honour, but none will do more to build up the school’s tradition.’ Death notice published 30th September 1916 in the Nottingham Evening Post :- “HIGGS. – Killed in action, September 9th, 1916, Lance-Corporal George Manlove Higgs, 17 years, King's Royal Rifles, dearly beloved grandson of Mrs. Manlove, 3, Hawkridge-street.” Above is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, marking the grave at Caterpillar valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray
    George Manlove Higgs - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone, marking the grave at Caterpillar valley cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. Courtesy of Murray
  • Photograph was published on 30th September 1916 In the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
    George Ernest Manlove Higgs - Photograph was published on 30th September 1916 In the Nottingham Evening Post and is courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918