Private GEORGE ACONLEY HILDRED (photo added)

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Rank Private
Forenames GEORGE ACONLEY
Surname HILDRED (photo added)
Initials G A
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Wednesday, 26 May 1926
Date of Death Monday, 28 August 1944
Age 18
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From YORK, YORKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 14433352
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 5 Battalion, Black Watch
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration SAINT-DESIR WAR CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location I. C. 12.
Previous Place(s) of Burial HAUTH CROTH CROSSROADS, EURE, NORMANDY
Epitaph ETERNAL REST GIVE UNTO HIM. O LORD: AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON HIM
Family Details SON OF LAWRENCE ACONLEY HILDRED AND ALICE HILDRED, OF YORK.

Additional Information

 

 

On the 28th August 1944, 5 Battalion Black Watch were transported to BOURG ACHARD, EURE, Normandy. The village of BARNEVILLE-SUR-SAINE was cleared of the enemy and the battalion planned to capture the village of MAUNY.

During the battle the battalion was shelled while in an orchard and woods near to a crossroads and chateau at MAUNY. The battalion advanced, taking the chateau and found it occupied by Germans in the upstairs rooms and refugees taking shelter in the cellars of the building.

It was during the fight in the woods that Private GEORGE ACONLEY HILDRED was fatally wounded. Another 5 men FROM 5 Black Watch also lost their lives that day: Corporal JAMES HENRY O'KEEFE, Lance Corporal HARRY A. BILLINGTON, Corporal HARRY CHAPMAN, Sergeant THOMAS KIRKCALDY and Major DONALD CURRIE MIRRIELEES.

Lance Corporal HARRY A. BILLINGTON, Private GEORGE ACONLEY HILDRED, Corporal JAMES HENRY O'KEEFE, Major DONALD CURRIE MIRRIELEES were transferred to a nearby Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) at HAUT CROTH, near the village of BOURG ACHARD, EURE, Normandy.

These four fatal casualties were initially buried in temporary graves at the crossroads next to the Casualty Clearing Station. Later they were exhumed and laid to rest at SAINT-DESIR WAR CEMETERY.

The battle for MAUNY finally ended on the 2nd September when the battalion managed to advance across the River Seine.

In 1948 the local villagers erected a memorial at the crossroads at HAUT CROTH, near BOURG ACHARD, with the names of these four men from the 5 Black Watch inscribed upon it. In 2008, after years of weathering had taken its toll, this memorial was replaced with a new memorial.

 

Dedication and unveiling of the HAUT CROTH crossroads memorial,
near BOURG ACHARD, in 1948.1

 

 

The old and new HAUT CROTH crossroads memorial, near BOURG ACHARD.
Replaced in 2008.2


In 2013 a memorial was also erected on the D64A in the village of MAUNY, to commemorate the 6 men from the 5 Battalion Black Watch and Trooper JAMES EDMUND CARAH of 1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry, Royal Armoured Corps who were killed in the battle for MAUNY.

 

 

MAUNY Memorial with Private George Hildred's niece,
Jacqui Scales, at the dedication in 2013.3

 

 

Yorkshire Evening Press Cutting
Published 9th September 1944.4

 

 

 

 

References
1. Photographs kindly provided by Jacqui and Ian Scales via George Hildred Memorial Website.
2. Photographs kindly provided by Jacqui and Ian Scales via George Hildred Memorial Website.
3. Photographs kindly provided by Jacqui and Ian Scales via George Hildred Memorial Website.
4. Press Cuttings of York Soldiers Reported Killed or Missing, prepared by Press Officer for City of York Council, Ref: Y359.042 Vol 20. York Explore Library, Library Square, YORK YO1 7DS.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Jacqui and Ian Scales
Additional photographs provided by: Jacqui and Ian Scales, Carl Shilleto, Explore York.
Additional information provided by: Jacqui and Ian Scales, Dr Tom Renouf, Carl Shilleto

 

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What other people have said

York, UK

Jacqui Scales

Remembering George, couragious, brave and fearless he paid the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace.

On Sunday, March 9, 2014
USA

Betty Albright

So tragic to be KIY and so young. How the family must have mourned their child, their brother. He gave all for the rest of us.

On Sunday, February 16, 2014
Puçol

Juan muñoz gomez

RESPECT AND HONOR. RIP

On Saturday, February 15, 2014
France

JOSSELIN Martine

Rest in eternal peace, young George, on the land you came to liberate.

On Saturday, February 15, 2014