BORN HULL 1887. SON OF CHARLES HENRY & LYDIA JEFFREY -1901 & 1 FLORAL GROVE, ARUNDLE STREET, HULL. HDM 1/5/18 . HULL PAL. KIA.
NOTE: JEFFREY ALSO LIVED AT 65A FOUNTAIN ROAD & 1 HARRIETS TERRACE. WAVERLEY STREET.
Hull Pals Memorial Post. L/CPL GEORGE ALFRED JEFFERY 11/136. Born in January 1887, George was one of seven children to Charles and Lydia Jeffery of 1 Floral Grove, Arundel Street, Hull. A Blacksmith's Striker by trade, he queued outside City Hall on Monday 7th September 1914, the first day of recruitment for the new Pals battalion, the 11th East Yorks, 'The Tradesmen'. From the start it became clear that discipline and our George were not willing bedfellows. Here's a handful of highlights from his rap sheet:
"Improperly dressed in public"
"Irregular conduct in town"
"Absent from tattoo"
"Drunk in line of march"
"Neglect of duty"
"Irregular conduct on parade"
"Drunk on a public vehicle on Holderness Road"
and yet he must have proved himself quite a soldier, for he was not only promoted, but was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery in battle. A veteran of Egypt, the Somme and the bloodbath at Oppy Wood George was killed in action on 26th March 1918 during the early days of the German Spring Offensive as the tide of the war turned and for a few weeks it looked as if all was lost. George's body was never recovered and his name is commemorated on the Arras Memorial; he was 31 years old.