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George Henry Musgrove (1896 - 1945)

George was born in the slums of Kensington and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal during WW1. He lost his two sons before he also died during WW2 and are all remembered on the Wendover War Memorial.

His elder brothers were either working or in the Army so it seems probable that his Mother, Hannah, couldn't afford to have him living at Southam Street which is why he was in the Kensington and Chelsea Workhouse School on the 1911 census. According to his daughter T, he ran away at some point and, like his brothers, Alf and Frank, joined the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) in WW1.

I need to clarify with T the sequence of events. At what stage did George run away ? Was he already in the workhouse ? When was the photo taken with him in uniform ? Before or after WW1 ?


He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for conspicuous bravery and resource near Ovillers. The citation says :

10489 L/Cpl G.Musgrove
For conspicuous gallantry and resource. When the right flank of the battalion was held up and all the officers had become casualties. He rallied about 20 men of various battalions under heavy fire. And with great bravery led them to renew the attack  (22nd September 1916)


He lost his leg and was shipped home.

He married Theresa Agnes HUGHES on 31 May 1919 at Our Lady of Willesden Church, Harlesden and they had two sons Gerald 1920 and Godfrey 1922 and a daughter, T.

He signed up again and was a Major with the Royal Army Pay Corps in WW2.

He died on 10 June 1945 from pneumonia after having an operation for a duodenal ulcer.

Over the three years preceding his death, he also lost both his sons, Gerald and Godfrey, who were killed in action in WW2 while serving with the RAF.

George's sons, T's brothers

Gerald Eugene MUSGROVE (right) was born on 3rd September 1920. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve and started flying in December 1938. In December 1941 he was promoted to Flying Officer and stationed at Colerne. He was posted to 246 squadron Predannack, Cornwall and was hoping to return to Colerne in 3 months. Unfortunately he was killed aged just 21 on 22nd February 1942 when he collided with an Army Lysander over Totnes. Evidently there was no liaison between the two airfields !

Godfrey Dennis MUSGROVE or Bobby (left) was born on 3rd February 1922. He joined the RAF after Gerald was killed and was stationed at Stormy Down, Glamorgan as an AC2. He was diagnosed with leukaemia and died aged just 22 in the RAF hospital St Athan on 18th October 1944.

All three are commemorated on the CWGC memorial at Wendover :

In Memory of
Flying Officer GERALD EUGENE MUSGROVE
86377, 246 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 21
on 22 February 1942
Son of Maj. George Henry Musgrove, D.C.M., R.A.P.C. (died on active service 10th June, 1945), and of Theresa Agnes Musgrove, of Harlesden, Middlesex.
Remembered with honour
WENDOVER (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD



In Memory of
Aircraftman 1st Class GEOFFREY DENNIS MUSGROVE Have they got his name wrong ?
1818707, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
who died age 23
on 18 October 1944
Son of Maj. George Henry Musgrove, D.C.M., R.A.P.C. (died on active service 10th June, 1945), and Theresa Agnes Musgrove, of Harlesden, Middlesex.
Remembered with honour
WENDOVER (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD



In Memory of
Major GEORGE HENRY MUSGROVE
D C M
119024, Royal Army Pay Corps
who died age 48
on 10 June 1945
Son of William and Hannah Musgrove; husband of Theresa Agnes Musgrove, of Harlesden, Middlesex.
Remembered with honour
WENDOVER (ST. MARY) CHURCHYARD

 

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.



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Linked toTheresa Agnes Hughes; George Henry Musgrove; Gerald Eugene Musgrove; Godfrey Dennis Musgrove

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