Chambers, George (No. 18/1674)

Chambers, George

Rifleman

No. 18/1674, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on Wednesday 27 March 1918 (aged 19)

Buried:

Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, France

(Cugny German Cemetery Memorial 30)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Regent Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards

BIOGRAPHY

George Chambers was born on 17 January 1899 in the townland of Ballyalton, Newtownards and he was a son of John Martin Chambers and Mary Chambers (nee Whitla) who were married on 15 December 1884 in St Anne’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  John Martin Chambers (aged 28) from Comber was a son of John Chambers, a farmer.  Mary Whitla (aged 19) from Westmoreland Street, Belfast was a daughter of John Whitla, a farmer.

John Martin Chambers was a farmer and he and Mary had fourteen children including:

Henry William Steele (born 24 May 1885 in Ballyhenry)

John (born 3 December 1888 in Ballyhenry)

Anna (Annie, born 21 July 1891 in Ballyalton)

Eliza (Lizzie, born 21 April 1893 in Ballyalton)

Mary Eleanor (born 3 February 1895 in Ballyalton)

Henry William Steele (born 1 May 1896 in Ballyalton)

Margaret Steele (born 18 July 1897 in Ballyalton)

George (born 17 January 1899 in Ballyalton)

Edith (born 11 July 1900 in Ballyalton)

Edward Magee (born 24 January 1902 in Ballyalton)

Hugh (born 28 June 1904 in Ballyalton)

William Thomas (born 13 May 1906 in Ballyalton)

Their father, John Martin Chambers, died of heart disease on 30 August 1910 (aged 53).

George Chambers enlisted at Clandeboye in February 1917 and he joined the 18th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles.  He left for France on 12 March 1918 to join the 2nd Battalion and fifteen days later he died in a German Field Hospital at Cugny.  He was 19 and had been severely wounded in the head during the German Spring Offensive.

At the time of George’s death his mother was living at 17 Mill Street, Newtownards and she placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle.  In March 1919 she placed an In Memoriam notice and it contained the text:

His duty nobly done

Rifleman George Chambers (No. 18/1674) was buried in Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, France and he is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial; in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Greenwell Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards and in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for Regent Street Presbyterian Church Newtownards.