Stanstead Abbotts

Local History Society

George Lancaster CUTTS

Private 27517

7th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment

Killed in Action 22nd March 1918 aged 38

Born in 1880 in Stanstead Abbotts to parents George and Mary Ann. Together with four brothers and three sisters they were living in Stanstead Abbotts High Street in 1891 and his father was a malt maker.  By 1901 they had moved to Railside Cottages in Hoddesdon, here his father’s occupation is shown as a gravel pit labourer as was George himself.

He joined the 7thBattalion Bedfordshire Regiment.  In March 1918 his battalion were heavily involved at the start of the German spring offensive, Operation Michael.  On 21st March the Germans began their campaign and the following day attacked La Montagne Bridge across the Crozat Canal at St Quentin, which was guarded by the 7th Battalion of the Bedford’s.  Heavy machine gun and artillery fire forced ‘C’ company to retreat but a counter attack by them and 2 companies of the Northamptonshire Regt retook the bridge, it was during this action that George was killed.

His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Pozieres memorial.

Medals Awarded: British War Medal, Victory Medal