Rifleman George Owen
Harrogate Herald - 21st march 1917
Roll of Honour
Information has been received by Mr & Mrs S W
Burrell, Lingerfield School House, of the death on his way to
hospital of their son, Rifleman George Owen Burrell (27),
King's Royal Rifles, on March 12th. He was educated at Harrogate
Secondary School, and was subsequently pupil teacher in the
Knaresborough Boys' National School. After two years in York
Training College he was appointed an assistant master at his old
school, where he was engaged at the time of joining the Earl of
Feversham's Battalion, and was transferred later to the KRR's. Mr
Burrell was highly esteemed by the managers and staff at the
National School, and was a very popular teacher with the boys. The
news of his death in action caused quite a gloom over the village of
Scotton, where his presence was always welcomed. For some time he
was lay reader at Scotton Church. He was a pioneer in the village
sports, acting as secretary for the cricket club, and always ready
and willing to give a helping hand in any and everything tending to
the welfare of the township.
Mr & Mrs Burrell have received the
following letter, dated March 13th, 1917 : "It is with the most
sincere regret that I have to inform you that your son Owen died
yesterday as a result of wounds received whilst in the line.
Everything possible was done for him at the time, and I had great
hopes that he might recover, but unfortunately he succumbed to his
injuries whilst on the way to hospital. His loss will be greatly
felt by the section, as at his own special work he was our best man.
His cheerful, willing spirit whilst in the line was constantly
remarked upon, and was a fine example to the other men. As he was
one of the old boys who came out with the section from England we
feel his loss all the much more deeply. I hope to be able to attend
his funeral this afternoon. It may be some little consolation to you
to know that he will be given proper burial by a Church of England
chaplain in a little cemetery behind the line. The grave will also
be permanently marked with a cross erected by the battalion. In
conclusion, may I offer you my truest sympathy in your great loss.
Believe me, very faithfully yours,
Sergeant Signalling Section".