Rank:


Private

Service No(s):


7193 & B/200653

Regiment:


Prince Consort's Own 1/9 London Regiment

Unit:

7th Battalion Rifle Brigade

Returned:

Yes

Place of birth:

Holloway, London

Occupation:

Builders and Hardware Merchant

Date of death:

26/11/1939

Cause of death:

Grave or panel reference:

Name of father:

Arthur

Name of siblings:

Edith and Henrietta

Name(s) of children:

Died:

No

Date of birth:

18/09/1880

Place of enlistment:

London

Event:

France

Age at death:

59

Cemetery or memorial:

St Mellitus Church

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Sarah A

Name of spouse:

Florence Mary Hocking

Address:

1911 = 103 Elthorne Road, Upper Holloway, London N.
1939= 155 Priory Road, Hornsey, Middlesex.

Biography:

Arthur George Pike was an Islington resident.  He was the only boy in a family of three children.  Edith (a toy painter) was his oldest sister and Henrietta (a book binder) was his youngest sister.  He was born on 18th September 1880.   George’s parents were Arthur, a pie maker, and Sarah A.  The family home was 103 Elthorne Road, Upper Holloway, London N.  George attended Duncombe Road School (opened in 1881).  In the 1901 census his occupation was a book-keeper commercial and by 1911 he was a manager of a builders’ merchant.

George enlisted for war duty on short service attestation on 15th December 1915 at the age of 35 years old.  The short service attestation was introduced by Lord Kitchener in 1914, under which a man could serve for “three years or the duration of the war, whichever the longer”.  This was rather than the 12 years of service normally demanded when joining the Army.  George joined the Prince Consort’s Own 1/9 London Regiment as part of the 7th Battalion Rifle Brigade.

During 1917, the 7th Battalion was engaged in the Battle of Arras at Inverness Copse.  Forces War Records for 24/9/1917 list George as a wounded casualty and he was entitled to wear a ‘wound stripe’.  George had suffered gun-shot wounds to both eyes.  GSW (gun shot wound) could cover a range of wounds such as shrapnel from exploding shells.  He was treated at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea and discharged on 13/12/1917.

George married Florence Mary Hocking during the summer of 1919.  He was 38 years old.  The 1939 register records George worked as a builders and hardware merchant.  He lived at 155 Priory Road, Hornsey, Middlesex.  George was 59 years old when he died on 26th November 1939 at Hornsey Central Hospital.

Private George Pike is remembered on the list of returned soldiers on the St Mellitus Church War Memorial.