Private George Rankin 3848460, The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire)

1894 Born

1901 census living at 8, Morris Yard, Silver Street, Warrington

1911 census living at 16 Howard St Warrington

1913 Joined the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

1914 Pte. Rankin, was a reservist on the outbreak of war and joined his regiment three days after he was married, in August, 1914.

1914 Sep 22. Landed in France

1914 He went to France and in October was wounded on the Aisne. He remained in hospital for about two months

1915. After staying for a time at Felixstowe, he proceeded to the Dardanelles in August, where he remained until the evacuation.

1916 Posted to Mesapotamia. He was wounded there in January, and was sent to the base hospital at Kut. At the conclusion of the fighting in Mesopotamia he was sent to India for a month's rest leave, and on his return stayed in Mesopotamia until the Armistice.

1919 Mar. Returned England where he stayed for about three months afterwards being sent to Malta. Whilst in Malta he won a regimental boxing tournament. He was also a capable swimmer and footballer. He had a severe attack of pneumonia and was invalided home from Malta after nine months.

1920/ He was subsequently transferred to Fulwood Barracks, Preston, leaving England for Ireland at the beginning of this year. He often expressed his dislike of serving there, and said "he would much rather serve in the war in France. Ireland was worse than anything there

Mrs Rankin, 28 Naylor Street, Warrington, received official information on Monday, that her husband, Pte. George Rankin, of the 2nd Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, was killed at Castle Island, 11 miles from Tralee, on Sunday, during a pitched battle between a military patrol and the republicans.

He leaves a widow and three children. An elder brother Jack and a younger brother Charles were killed in the war, in 1915, the former at the Dardanelles and the latter in France.

1921 Jul 10 Died in Castlleisland ambush

Buried Warrington Cemetery


Castleisland Ambush