My latest contribution to the 1000 odd catalogue of WW1 lives research is George Wilfrid Tate:
George Wilfrid Tate was born on the 15th of August 1898, the eldest of George and Annie (nee Stamford) Tate’s five children. He was baptised on the 10th of October 1898 in Beverley Minster.
George Tate was a police constable in the Beverley Borough Police Force, an occupation that George Wilfird would, eventually, take up. George joined the force in 1897 and, after being promoted to Sergeant in 1913 and winning a small monetary award in 1914 for showing courage and professionalism in stopping a runaway horse in Saturday Market Place, he left the force in 1915 after a series of cases of neglect of duty and a warning to give up drinking.
George Wilffrid was already a member of the Territorial Force, in the 5th Yorkshire Territorials, Private 1618, when he enlisted in the 3rd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment on the 24th of March 1914 as private 220261. He was a machinist and a mere 15 years and 6 months old.
By April 1918 George Wilfrid was in France, acting as a stretcher bearer in Wimereux, when he suffered a gunshot wound to his left leg and was invalided back to England, where he spent several months recovering in Brighton, before resuming light duties.
By the end of the war George Wilfred Tate was a Lance Corporal and for his efforts was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and the The Territorial Force War Medal .
After the war, on the 11th of April 1924, George Wilfred married Elsie Violet Whittaker in Bridlington Priory Church. At the time he was a Police Constable, a position he still held in 1939, only by then he was serving in Beverley while Elsie was living in Bridlington on Midway Avenue.
Their son Dennis Leonard W Tate was born on the 2nd of June 1924 and went on to marry Vera Jefferson in 1954.