COLLIER, George A/Sgt. 15161

George Collier

George Collier

George Collier died on the 23rd May 1917, aged 23, after being accidentally shot by a man cleaning his rifle.

He is buried in St. Catherine British Cemetery in the village of the same name, near Arras.

George was born in Chorley in 1895, one of five boys and one girl born to William and Ellen; George’s father was a Police Officer, being recorded as Constable in 1901 and a Sergeant in 1911. The family lived at 25 Trafalgar Street in the town around 1901 but ten years later were at 25 Livesey Street in Chorley.

George was recorded on the 1911 Census as being a Pork Butcher’s Assistant but upon enlisting in the Pals, he was working at Lower Healey Bleachworks and living at Geoffrey Street; he was known to attend St. Laurence’s Church.