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  George Edward Ransom 

Acting Sergeant GS/11029

16th (The Queen's) Lancers
Died of Illness whilst in hospital in Epsom, 26/01/1918, aged 42

Buried in The Church in the Wood, Hollington (St Leonard) Churchyard, Near Hastings, East Sussex, England

Remembered on :
Ewhurst War Memorial,  Memorial Plaque and Book of Remembrance



GEORGE EDWARD RANSOM was born in Catsfield Stream, Sussex. His birth was registered in Battle, East Sussex, in December 1875 , the son of William and Ellen Ransom (1). In September 1880, the death of George's mother, Ellen was registered in Battle, Sussex. She was 36 years old. In 1881 George, his younger brother Albert John (b about September 1877) and his father were registered in the census as staying with William's mother and father, Edward and Elizabeth Ransom. By the 1891 census William (noted as a widower), George and Albert had moved to 162 Perth Road, St Leonard, Hastings, Sussex. All three were noted as agricultural labourers.

On 24th October 1893 George enlisted in the 16th Lancers. He was 18 years and 11 months old and was given the service number 3676. Initially he attended the Depot at Canterbury, but deserted on 18/12/1894. Shortly afterwards he attempted to enlist in the Sussex Artillery, but was returned to the 16th Lancers on 30/01/1895. On 6/02/1895 George was tried and convicted of fraudulent enlistment, and imprisoned until 3/04/1895, when he returned to service. (3)

With this period behind him, George served in India from 10/09/1895 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on 01/08/1898. With the Lancers he moved from India to serve in South Africa from 22/01/1900 and was promoted to Corporal on 05/09/1901. He returned home on 23/08/1902 and on 25/11/1902 George was transferred to the Reserve, where he completed his service commitment on 05/02/1907. George was awarded the Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for participating in the following battles; Relief of Kimberly (15/02/1900), Paardeberg (17-25/02/1900), Johannesburg (29/05/1900), Diamond Hill (11-12/06/1900), Wittebergen (1-29/07/1900) and the Kings South Africa Medal with clasps for South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. (3)

In September 1912 the marriage of George to Eliza Mary Holmes was registered in Wandsworth. This is rather at odds with the 1911 Census return for George and Eliza, which gives them living at Rapley Lodge, Ewhurst and that at the time they had been married for 6 years. Living with them was their niece, Francis Naomi Ransom, and they were being visited by Annie Louise Hinkley. George gave his occupation as “gardener domestic”.

With the commencement of the First World War, George enlisted for service on 30th September 1914 as GS/11029. The GS prefix to George's service number indicates that he was a British Army General Service Enlistment. He was discharged due to sickness on 27th August 1916. (2) Subsequently, George died of illness whilst in hospital in Epsom on the 26th January, 1918, aged 42 years old.

George was laid to rest in The Church in the Wood, Hollington (St Leonard) Churchyard, Near Hastings, East Sussex, England. His wife died on 5th May 1943 and was laid to rest with him.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Register gives Eliza Mary Ransom's address was "Hill View," Ewhurst, Guildford.

Sgt George Edward Ransom's grave, Church in the Wood, Hollington (St Leonards), near Hastings




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(1) Formerly Ellen Hamilton, Marriage registered in Hailsham, Sussex, Sep 1873
(2) Medal Record Card (Public Records Office)
(3) Pensions Records Online


Other sources:

  • Book of Remembrance

  • Census Returns












Andrew Bailey, Ewhurst, Surrey