George Hedley BALMFORTH
Son of John Willie and Emma Balmforth, of Horton Bank Top; husband of Elsie Balmforth.
George served as a Private in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, 27 Vehicle Repair Depot. He died on 6th June 1944, aged 33.
He is buried in QUEENSBURY (HOLY TRINITY) CHURCHYARD.
George Hedley Balmforth is buried in his family grave in the village churchyard. The inscription records that he “died on active service D Day June 6th, 1944” and that his military rank was SGMN, which would indicate Signalman. George’s death was registered in Stafford. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records show this incorrectly as a George Healy.
It is unknown how George lost his life and came to be buried in his home village. Typically, logistic units, such as vehicle repairs were not among the first units to land on D Day. However, it is possible that he could have landed later in the day. His qualification as a signalman would have been much needed. Amongst the many possibilities into his death is that he was wounded and subsequently evacuated and then died on his return to England.
George married Elise in 1935, in 1939 they can be found living at Uplands Avenue, Clayton Heights and in 1945 Elsie can be found living in Clayton village.
George is not listed on the village war memorial.