George Montague's Story.
George Montague Price was born at Orleton, Herefordshire, on 5 February 1878, the son of Alice and Andrew Price, a mason. In 1881, three-year-old George was living at Orleton with his parents and siblings Alice (9), Isabella (7) and Andrew (5).
In 1901 George was living with his parents at Church Lane, Orleton, working as a stonemason. By 1911 George's father had died and George and his widowed mother were living at 250 Black Road, Macclesfield with his married sister Alice and her family. His mother later lived at Daisy Bank, off Black Road, Macclesfield.
George enlisted with the Monmouthshire Regiment on 1 May 1916 with service number 4150 and was later transferred to the South Wales Borderers.
George's death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 19 October 1917:
STRUCK IN THE HEAD - SOUTH WALES BORDERER FALLS
Mrs Price, 21 Daisy Bank, off Black Road, Macclesfield, has been officially notified of the death in action of her son, Pte George Montague Price, South Wales Borderers. Captain L. Rose [wrote]: "...your son, 39816 Pte G M Price was killed in action on the 2nd inst by shell fire. His death was instantaneous, a fragment of shell piercing his head. He was a good soldier and he will be greatly missed..."
Pte Price was a native of Herefordshire, thirty-nine years of age and single. He came to reside at Macclesfield seven years ago and was formerly employed at Seaforth as a stonemason. The deceased soldier joined the Colours on May 1st, 1916, and after a course of training at Oswestry was posted out to France just over twelve months ago.
Sapper Andrew Charles Price, Royal Engineers, his brother, served in the South African war and held the King's Medal with five bars. At the close of hostilities he secured his discharge and in 1902 died as the result of an accident.
An entry for George was included in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918:
PRICE, GEORGE MONTAGUE, Private, No 39816, 5th (Service) Battn. The South Wales Borderers, s. of the late Andrew Price, Builder, by his wife Alice (21 Daisy Bank, Macclesfield), dau. of Thomas Pritchard; b. Orleton, co. Hereford, 5 Feb 1878; educ. Orleton School, and Lucton School, Hereford; was a Stonemason; enlisted in the South Wales Borderers 1 May, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from the following Aug., and was killed in action near Hill 60 2 Oct 1917. Buried there. ... Unm.
Private George Price has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 65 to 66 of the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private George Price, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Private George Price is commemorated in Macclesfield on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church and St Peter’s Church war memorials.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Census (England & Wales): 1881, 1901, 1911
WWI British Army Medal Rolls Index Cards
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918 (Find My Past)
Macclesfield Times: 19 October 1917
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.