BADGER George William
Regiment : 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 9579
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 24th April 1917
Buried : Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave A. 193.
Birthplace : Born and resident Stourbridge, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
William Badger lived at 63 South Road, Stourbridge, and attended the Enville St. Council School. He enlisted in the Worcesters and joined the 11th (Service) Battalion, but it was likely that he had previously served as a regular soldier before 1914. After a brief time on the Western Front the Worcesters were sent to assist Greece against the Bulgarian invasion of 1915. They landed to defend Salonika, but the Bulgarian attack did not materialise. In July 1916 the 26th Division was ordered to attack the Bulgarians at Doiran. The attack soon halted and the next few months were spent on the steep ridges and wooded ravines overlooking the lake. No attempt was made to break the stalemate until the next year. On April 24th the Worcesters advanced across the Joumeaux Ravine and up the steep Scabbard ridge in a night attack. The Bulgarian mortars and artillery were used to devastating effect and the attack failed with heavy losses. Among those killed in action was Sergeant William Badger. He is commemorated on the Stourbridge, St. Thomas’s church and the former Enville St. School memorials.
Transcribed and researched by The Black Country Society.