George Henry Antrim
War dead Male Born 12/5/1894 Died 9/8/1916
Private George Henry Antrim was born on 12 May 1894 in St Pancras, Middlesex, the fourth of the nine children of George Henry Antrim (1866-1928) and Esther Antrim née Soper (1867-1937). On 11 June 1894 he was baptised at St Pancras Church, Camden, where the baptismal register shows the family to have been living at 7 Equity Buildings, Ossulston Street, London, NW1 and that his father was a horse-keeper.
When his younger brother, Arthur Charles Antrim (1897-1918) was baptised on 13 September 1897 the baptismal register shows the family living at 5 Wilstead Cottages, St Pancras. On 12 March 1898 he was admitted into Thanet Street School, King's Cross, Camden, where the register shows his home address to have been 10 Hunter Mews, St Pancras.
When his brother, William Alfred Antrim (1900-1960), was baptised on 17 September 1900 the baptismal register shows the family at 5 Wilstead Court, St Pancras and they were still there at the time of the 1901 census when he was shown living with his parents and five siblings: Louisa Frances Antrim (1888-1965), Caroline Esther Antrim (1888-1970), Amelia Eleanor Antrim (1892-1965), Arthur Charles Antrim and William Alfred Antrim.
When his brothers Thomas Frederick Antrim (1903-1975), Harry Antrim (b.1906) & Albert Edwin Antrim (1908-1965) were baptised, the latter being on 24 May 1908, the baptissmal registers confirm that the family lived at 5 Wilstead Cottages, St Pancras. However, when the 1911 census was taken, showing him employed at Kent's Brass Works, the family address was 73 Ossulston Street, Somers Town, London, NW1, and he was living there with his parents and seven siblings: Caroline, Amelia, Arthur, William, Thomas, Harry and Albert.
He enlisted as a Private in the 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment, service number 17870, and entered The Balkans theatre of war on 5 October 1915. In January 1916 his regiment was evacuated from Gallipoli to Egypt and on 20 March 1916 landed at Marseilles for service in France. He died from wounds, aged 22 years, on 9 August 1916, at No.3 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station, Remy Siding, Lijssenthoek, West Flanders, Belgium and he was buried in Plot 8, Row D, Grave 24A in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Boescheepseweg 37, 8970 Poperinge, Belgium.
On 27 October 1916 his army effects totalling £5-18s-9d were sent to his father who was also sent his £4-10s-0d war gratuity on 23 September 1919. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal 1914-1918 and the Victory Medal. He is also commemorated in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website. His younger brother Arthur Charles Antrim also died in the war and was buried in France.
Note that the 1920 clipping from the staff newsletter, ‘News of TOT’, gives the name as "G. H. Antrin". However our colleague writes "I was unable to find any person listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website with the surname of ANTRIN. However, there were two brothers who died with the surname of ANTRIM. One of these had the same initials 'G. H.' as the clipping has for Antrin, and when I went through their histories it would seem that they both lived in the vicinity of Chalk Farm Bus Garage. Although I could find no evidence that George Henry Antrim (1894-1916) worked at the bus garage, I was also unable to trace any G. H. Antrin dying anywhere in between 1914-1920." On that basis we believe the clipping is in error and that the man described above is the man intended.