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Private George Robert Wellbelove



Date of birth: 1893-09-21
Place of birth: Clewer Berkshire England
Next of kin: Mrs J Watson. 7 Priory Street, Risca, Monmouthshire, Wales
Marital status: single
Occupation (attested): Farm Hand
Occupation (normalized): Farm-Helper, General
Religion: Church of England
Date of death: 1915-04-25
Cause of death: Killed in action
Buried: Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial, Panel 18 - 26 - 28


Regimental number: 13169
Highest Rank: Private (5th Battalion)
Rank detail

Private, 5th Battalion, Infantry (Army).

Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: no
Battle wounded/killed: Gravenstafel


CVWM ID: No CVWM ID in our database, but try this.
CWGC ID: 1596961
LAC ID: 288812
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B10216-S014
Uploader's Notes:

Pte. George Robert Wellbelove was a home child brought over to the Barnardo Homes in Canada, and then sent to work with a family. There is a large photo collection for Pte. George Wellbelove on his CVWM record. The collection includes photos of Wellbelove as a child taken for Dr. Barnardo, photos of a young man, and photos in uniform.

Pte. Wellbelove was mentioned in a book written by Sgt. Harold Baldwin about the 5th Battalion entitled "Holding the Line". His name appeared in the dedication, and on pages 162-3:

To the sorrow of every one of us, the gallant soul of Bill Skerry took its flight to his Maker about ten o'clock that morning. A small shell ricochetting from a stunted willow tree simply tore him to pieces, along with a little chap named Wellbelove, which was his family name, and a name he most aptly deserved.

Uploader's Research notes:

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

War Diaries of 5th Battalion show he was killed in action at Gravenstafel. Mention of his death on Page 163 of the book "Holding The Line" by Sergeant Harold Baldwin. [Private Army Canadian Infantry 5th Battalion ]


Date added: 2004-09-04
Last modified: 2022-03-01