George Greer
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1890 - 1918

George was born 10th January 1890 in Co Tyrone (probably at the farm) in Tievenagh, Parish of Artrea. George was the son of William Greer and Letitia (nee McIvor), of Tievenagh, near Cookstown, Co Tyrone.

In 1901 he was living on the family farm at Tamlaght age 11.

George worked in Maghera in a hardware shop, and then emigrated to Toronto, where he worked in a famous hardware shop - Eaton's.

He originally enlisted in the 95th Battallion in October 1915. He was 5 ft 5 ins and weighed 126 lbs. He embarked from Canada in October 1916 and went to Bramshott in Hampshire - the Canadian training camp. He was subsequently transferred first to the 157th, then the 116th, and finally he joined the 75th Canadians on 17th May 1917 and embarked for France.

Private G. Greer, 201602, served with the 75th Battalion Canadian Infantry (1st Central Ontario Regiment) in the 1st World War.

He died on the 2nd September 1918

He is buried in Plot 2, Row B, Grave 24, in Dury Mill British Cementry, France.

Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

He was probably killed during the Battle of Arras. This offensive commenced on August 26 and lasted until Sept 5th. On the day he died the 4th Division (which included the 75th Battalion) attacked in the area around the village of Dury, France. South of Dury, the 75th, 87th, 85th and 38th meet heavy machine gun fire and suffered many losses as they tried of cross open fields. Perhaps this is when George may have been killed.

The Dury Mill cemetery (16 km southeast of Arras) contains 335 graves of which 324 are Canadian.

Commonweath War Graves Site


While he was with the army he sent home letters to his mother Letitia Greer, to the family home which was now at Tamlaght, Kildress Parish.

9th Nov 1916 Bramshott, Hants Eng Company A - Bat. 157th Regt.
23rd January 1917 Witley Camp
12th June 1917 France
1st Sept 1917 France 75th Battalion Canadian Infantry
1st Central Ontario Regiment



George was married to Annie (from Canada) in December 1915, and they had one son - George who was born in 1917.


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