Private G.T. West Service number Ch/13569
Regiment Royal Marine Light Infantry
Date of birth
Date of death 23rd April 1918
Age at death 31 years
George was born in Bromley-by-Bow on 24 August 1885. He appeared on the 1891 Census living at 8 Norris Road, Bromley-by-Bow. He enlisted in the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 15 September 1902, and was still serving when war broke out. He married Elizabeth Ayles in the Borough of Poplar in 1916. He was killed in action at Zeebrugge. His widow, Elizabeth West, resided at 45, Augusta St., Grundy St., Poplar, London.
The raid on Zeebrugge was a precursor of the commando raids of WW2. In addition to the purpose of the raid, to stop German submarines from leaving their pens and attacking merchant shipping in the English Channel, it was seen as a morale-booster for the public. There was a lot of media attention in the aftermath of the raid. An elaborate funeral for West was held, with an honour guard of Royal Marines in attendance. Photos of the funeral and an accompanying write-up appeared in the Daily Mirror on 3 May 1918.