There were other children too. The 1891 census shows the family living at High Brook,
Children (and their ages in 1891) not noted above are: Francis W Emery (aged
10), Maud M Emery (aged eight), Ada H Emery (aged six), and Blanche Emery (aged
two). Henry Emery (George Masters’
grandfather), a 75 year old widower, was also living at the house. Sussex
Chailey Parish Magazine first mentions George Emery in July 1916, noting: Emery, Gnr G M, RHA,
. In fact he had already been in France for a
year by the time this information appeared.
His medal information card at the National Archives states that 101822
Gunner George M Emery of the Royal Horse Artillery arrived in France and France Flanders on 21st July 1915.
The Commonwealth War Graves’ Commission (CWGC) notes that George died of wounds on
Friday 15th December 1916
aged 22. He is buried in the north
eastern corner of Chessington St Mary Churchyard, Surrey. CWGC also notes on its Debt of Honour
Register, that he was the son of Michael and Maria Louisa Emery of Lancers
Cottages, Colgate, Horsham.
The Reverend Jellicoe was certainly kept informed of events. In the January 1917 edition of the parish magazine, his details were added to the growing Roll of Honour: Gnr G M Emery, RHA, died of wounds,
1916. There is no
mention of him in Soldiers Died in The Great War.
George's brother Arthur Ernest Emery also served his King and Country during the First World War.