10433 Lance Corporal George Edward Wall,
2nd Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment
He chose to join the Army for a period of seven years with the Colours and five years in the Reserve and attested for the York and Lancaster Regiment on 27th August 1913 at the age of 20 years. Mr. James Linneker, his former employer, gave him a good reference in which he stated George Wall was honest and sober. After a period of four months training George Wall was posted to the 2nd Battalion, the York and Lancaster Regiment which was stationed at Limerick in Ireland. On mobilisation this battalion, with the rest of its Division concentrated to the war station in the vicinity of Cambridge and Newmarket prior to proceeding to France via Southampton and St Nazaire where disembarkation began on 9th September 1914. The 6th Division, to which the 2nd York and Lancaster belonged (in 16th Infantry Brigade), then journeyed by train to an area just east of Paris by the 13th September.
Less than a week later the Division fought its first action, The Battle of the Aisne. The 6th Division was also involved in the desperate fighting at Hooge on 9th August 1915 during which action the division suffered 1,780 casualties. There is nothing in the service papers of George Wall which suggests he was wounded or sick at any time during his service with the British Expeditionary Force until his death on 4th November 1915. At this time the brigades of the 6th Division were holding trenches on the Armentieres front and it was here that George Wall was wounded. He was transported to an Advanced Dressing Station at Potijze Chateau, but sadly he died there and is buried in one of a cluster of cemeteries which sprang up around the chateau.
Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery was used by various units at the chateau from April 1915 to October 1918. There are now 584 Commonwealth burials within the cemetery. The cemetery was one of many in this area and elsewhere designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.