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Winwood, G., A/Smn., 1914
In St. Saviour's Churchyard is the Commonwealth War Grave with a private headstone of Able Seaman George Winwood, serving with the Royal Navy on H.M.S. Arethusa, who died 28/08/1914.

The headstone reads:-

In memoriam
beloved son of
George and Annie Winwood
Shotton Colliery
killed in action
in the first naval battle
of the great European War
on HMS Arethusa
Friday Aug 28th 1914
aged 23 years

A faithful and loyal son of his
church, home and country.
for Christ and at his Country’s call
he gave his life.

A.B., J. 2550 H.M.S. Arethusa; killed in action in the Heligoland Bight, 28 Aug. 1914. (de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour, part one, page 383)

Colin Boyd has added the following:
George was born on 03/04/1891 in Bowburn, Co. Durham, the son of George and Annie Winwood and was working as a watchmaker when he enlisted in the Royal Navy. He was described as being 5' 4" tall with auburn hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion.
George was killed in action on board the light cruiser HMS Arethusa during the Battle of Heligoland Bight on 28/08/1914. The ship was badly damaged by German cruisers and had to be towed into port after suffering 11 dead and 17 wounded.
When George's effects were forwarded his mother Annie was living at 12, Arden Street, Shotton Colliery.

George Winwood is remembered in Shotton Colliery on S125.01 and S125.02 and S125.11 and on our List of Ships’ crews

H.M.S. Arethusa
The CWGC entry for Able Seaman Winwood

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk