8623 11th Liverpool Regiment
Killed in Action 23rd March 1918
Enlisted in Burnley
Lived in Leyland
Commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, France
was the son of Luke Collinge( whose family had connections in Bacup and
East Lancashire). Luke Collinge was a photographer based in Leyland, Lancashire,
having moved there from Nelson (Barrowford).
George's siblings were Jim (James) who served in the RAMC and survived
the war, and William (Scots Guards) killed in action, he also had a sister,
Elizabeth and twin brothers Robert and Walter (Born 1900).
I have no information as to why George enlisted at Burnley but there must
have been some compelling reason. I do have some photographs of him and
his mother.I also have some documents from the authorities at the time
re. his memorial in France, and a report form the regiment describing
the action in which he was involved and met his death.
(courtesy of Cedric
Mcilwaine - son of Elizabeth)
This is George and his mother. (I think he must have been on leave),
note that the hat has been "broken -in".
The second photo appears to be in a dress uniform. The
difference in the cap is quite distinct, as is the white belt and decorated
cuffs.I cannot say if this is a family portrait or not (his father Luke
Collinge had a photography business in Leyland at the turn of the 20th