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Quinn, G.F., Py/Off., 1918
In Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension is the Commonwealth War Grave of Tyneside Z/1299 Petty Officer George Frederick Quinn, serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who died 02/07/1919.

George was born on 9th May 1885. He was working as a lighthouse keeper living with his father, John at 71, Stanley Street, Blyth, when he enlisted in the Royal Naval Division on 9th November 1914. This was later changed to his wife, Margaret living in Goshen Street, Blyth.

George joined the Hawke Battalion on 10th March 1915 and served until 16th August 1915 when he was hospitalised with pains to the head.

He rejoined the Hawke Battalion on 11th October 1915 and went sick again on 4th December 1915 suffering from Synovitis to the right knee.

He rejoined the Hawke Battalion on 29th February 1916 and was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette of 13th July 1916 for "distinguished and gallant services".

George suffered gun shot wounds to the left arm and thigh on 13th November 1916 which led to his being invalided to the UK on 4th December 1916.

After serving with the 4th Reserve Battalion at home he rejoined the Hawke Battalion in France on 7th April 1918 and died from the effects of a shrapnel wound to the abdomen in the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital at Doullens on 2nd July 1918.

George Frederick Quinn is remembered in Blyth on B42.03

The CWGC entry for Petty Officer Quinn

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