On 8 June 1915 George Trentham died in France. Having only arrived on 12 May 1915, in just under a month he was dead. He left behind a wife and six children.
Before leaving for the war, Trentham worked as a coal deliverer for the Birmingham Industrial Society.
Trentham was buried in the Hoogstade Cemetery in Belgium, with around twenty other British soldiers. The departed’s next of kin were able to request headstone inscriptions through the Imperial War Graves Commission. One headstone in the cemetery read ‘His country called, he answered,’ and another ‘A sorrow still too deep for words,’ but no record exists for Trentham’s inscription.
Co-operative News, 10 July 1915, page 941.
WWI co-operative voices
This post is part of ‘WWI co-operative voices’ which shares the stories of co-operative workers and members during the conflict. In order to mark the centenary of the WWI, the Rochdale Pioneers Museum is staging an exhibition entitled ‘From shop floor to front line’ and the accounts of these soldiers, shop workers and conscientious objectors will run alongside it. They are tales of death, duty and of those who chose not to fight.
Through ‘WWI co-operative voices’ we will be releasing new posts about these individuals throughout the duration of the exhibition (due to open mid-May 2015 and run until May 2016). Read about the co-operative movement’s involvement in a war that shook the world by selecting a name from the column on the left. You can also follow us on social media for regular updates.
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We wish to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the ‘From shop floor to front line’ exhibition and project.