The Sinking of the R.M.S. Leinster

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George Hyett

HYETT, George

George Henry Hyett was born in Gloucestershire on the 4th of May 1879 to George Richard Hyett and Eliza Blewett. He was the fifth of their seven children all of whom were born in East Dean, Mitcheldean, close to the Forest of Dean. The area had both mines and quarries; in the 1881 census George Richard gave his occupation as ‘Iron Miner’ while in 1891 he was a ‘Coal Miner’. George Henry was a ‘Labourer in Brick Yard’ in 1901 and a ‘Quarryman Cement Works’ in 1911. From the mid-1890s the family address was ‘Horsepool Bottom, East Dean’.

George Richard Hyett died at Christmas 1897 at the age of forty-six and in the 1901 census George Henry was the eldest of the three youngest sons living at home with their widowed mother. He married Agnes Cornwall in 1910 and they lived in the same area as his family. They had two children, Dorothy in 1911 and George Ralph in 1914.

It is not known when George Hyett enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment but he was with the 1st Reserve Garrison Battalion in October 1918. This battalion had moved to Ireland in June 1918. His age in 1918 has been given as forty-seven though he was actually only thirty-nine. Returning home on leave he travelled on RMS Leinster on the 10th of October. He did not survive the sinking nor was his body recovered.

His name is recorded on the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton. His widow Agnes remarried in late 1919.



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