Filby, G W
GEORGE WILLIAM FILBY
Remembered with honour Abbot’s Langley (St Lawrence) Churchyard: Grave 381 (N W Plot).
He attested 9 November 1915 in Watford: an asylum attendant aged 31, married with two children, of Abbot’s Langley, 5’9″ tall. He embarked at Southampton 19 June 1916, then disembarking at Rouen the next day entered the war in France as a reinforcement. He was posted to the 138th Field Ambulance in the field 28 June 1916. On 19 July 1916 he received a gun shot wound (shrapnel) to his right leg. He was evacuated to No. 1 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, then to No. 14 Stationery Hospital via No. 1 Ambulance Train, arriving the same day. He remained at the hospital until the 21st when he was sent to England via hospital ship Cambria. The next day he arrived at Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal, and died there 26 days later at 12.55am of septic pneumonia and cardiac failure brought about as a result of his wound. He was entitled to the Victory and British War medals.
There is an In Memoriam for George in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 18 August 1917.
Son of William and Julia (nee WHISTLECRAFT) FILBY; husband of Lily/Lilian Beatrice (nee NEEDHAM) FILBY.
His parents married 1881 in the Hartismere, Suffolk, district. William died 1928 aged 75 and was buried 28 September; Julia died 1937 aged 76 and was buried 13 March; both at St Andrew’s, Belchamp St Paul, Essex.
George was born 6 November 1884 in Glemsford, Suffolk, and baptised 25 December 1884 at St Mary’s, Glemsford. He married 1 January 1908 in the Watford district; they had three children. He resided in Abbot’s Langley, and his death was registered in the King’s Norton, Worcs, district. Lilian, of Newport, Isle of Wight, never remarried and died 17 August 1963 aged 77.
On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 6 he lived in Pentlow, Essex, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1901 Census, a farm labourer aged 16, he lived in Belchamp St Paul, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1911 Census, an asylum attendant aged 26, he lived in Abbot’s Langley, with his wife and two children.
Unit138th Field Ambulance
Date of death17/08/1916
Age at death31
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)