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B/23030, 29 Field Coy., Royal Canadian Engineers
who died aged 37 on 25th. July 1944,

Son of George and Mary Ann Lancaster, of Sandwith, Cumberland.

Remembered with Honour


From "The Whitehaven News 17 August 1944 page 5

LANCASTER - Killed in Action July 25th. 1944 in Normandy, Sergeant George Lancaster, Royal Canadian Engineers, eldest son of George and Mary Ann Lancaster, of Town Head, Sandwith.

From "The Whitehaven News" 24 August 1944 page 4


Sandwith Soldier Killed

The death in action has been reported of Sergeant George Lancaster, the eldest son of Mr. G. Lancaster of Sandwith. Aged 38, Sergeant Lancaster was serving with the Royal Canadian Engineers, and a letter from his Commanding Officer states that he was killed by enemy shell fire while making a report to his platoon officer, who was wounded by the same shell. The letter continues "He was a most reliable, brave and efficient N.C.O., who knew his job thoroughly, and was much loved and trusted by his men".

In conclusion the Commanding Officer states that Sergeant Lancaster was one of the oldest members of the unit, and losing him was like losing the cornerstone of the unit.

A native of Sandwith, Sergeant Lancaster emigrated to Canada in 1929, and for the past seven years had been employed in lumber camps. He was a single man.

Lancelot Thomas Bell Edward Mason Coward John Benn Jackson George Lancaster J S Parker Thomas Pink Alan Rodgers Rev Harold Watson Christine Mary Frank Kitchen