On the 30th September 1914, one hundred years ago today, 7273 Private George Overhand of the 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, was killed in action.
George was a Yorkshireman, born at St Vincent's, Sheffield and certainly working there as a general labourer in a steel warehouse at the time the 1911 census was taken. He had enlisted with the Coldtsream Guards in May or June 1907 but as his terms of attestation would have been three years with the colours and nine years on the reserve, his period of colour service would have ended by the time the census was taken. In 1911 he was boarding at 7 Darnbourne Square and was a single man aged 23.
His medal index card (above, courtesy of Ancestry) indicates that he arrived in France on the 13th August 1914. No service record appears to survive in WO 363 although the Guards archive presumably has some service information. George has no known grave and is commemorated on the La-Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial in France.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.