Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut George Hood Lofthouse

Photo of George Hood Lofthouse
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1900 - 1903.

Regiment: East Yorkshire Regt.
Died: 23 April 1917 aged 32 in France. Killed in action near Cherisy.
Battle: Second Battle of Arras. Cemetery: Arras Memorial BAY 4/5

Son of J. G. Lofthouse, Arrowfield, Boroughbridge, Yorks. b. 1885.
Lower IV—Modern II. House XI Football.
Engineer; Partner in Rushworth, Ingleby and Lofthouse.
Great War, Private 1914, afterwards 2nd Lieutenant 4th Bn East Yorkshire Regt.

'He went out to the front in May, 1916, and was wounded on the Somme in the following September. He returned to the front at the beginning of this year, was reported missing on April 23rd, and is now reported to have been killed on that date.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

'Arras. 28/4/17. At zero hour at 4.45am the barrage opened, and shells fell very short and at once we had serious casualties from them amongst officers, NCOs & men. The two flank companies especially suffered & it was not long before all officers in three companies were either killed or wounded. Enemy machine gun fire in the meantime had begun to tell.
At about 7am the enemy launched a vigorous counter attack from the direction of Vis-en-Artois and also from Cherisy.
When the enemy reached the original front line trench, the battalion had lost all its company officers & the battalion signalling officer.
In total casualties killed, wounded & missing were 17 officers & 352 other ranks.' (Unit War diary).
Memorial at St. Andrew's Church, Aldborough

Service record:WO 374/42711
Unit war diary:WO 95/2835/1