Regiment : 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 20311
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 5th July 1916 aged 20
Buried : St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave A. 26.
Relatives : Son of Mr. and Mrs. Biddle, 5 Summer St. Barbourne, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall
A photograph of Private G. Biddle can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 22nd July 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
5 May Cottages, Summer Street, Droitwich Road, Worcester
George Biddle, aged 15, grocer’s porter
At the same address: Henry (father), labourer, mother, 2 brothers and 3 sisters
The Medal Roll Index Card for George Biddle record that he entered active service overseas in the Balkans on 29th August 1915 and that he died of wounds on 5th July 1916.
St Pol is to the west of the general vicinity of the Battle of Loos (November 1915) but there was no major engagement with the Germans in this area in July 1916. However, the Battle of the Somme had opened on 1st July 1916, and the 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was engaged in that battle. It may be that St Pol was amongst the places casualties from that battle – possibly George Biddle – were taken for medical treatment.