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Guardsman of 19
George Grisdale Atkinson was born in Staveley in Cumbria to Robert and Mary Atkinson and was employed by the Kendal Cooperative Society before the war. He joined the Grenadier Guards in November 1916 and was wounded in the Summer of 1917 but recovered and rejoined the battalion in September. At 5.25am on 12 October 1917 the Guards attacked on the opening day of the 1st Battle of Passchendaele. George was one of more than 300 Grenadiers who were killed during the day. He received a bullet wound in the neck and died on the ambulance train. He was 19. The muddy conditions on the battlefield were so bad and the losses so great that 1st Passchendaele was called off 24 hours later. George is also commemorated at Staveley and his Skelsmergh link is not known, although his although his mother, Mary Grisdale, was from Selside.