1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

George Bernard Foote

Contributed by: Stephen Foote, on 2008-11-12

George Bernard Foote
Rank
First Name George Bernard
Surname Foote
Year of Birth 1891
Year of Death 1947
Regiment Royal Irish Regiment, Royal Munster Fusiliers (New Army)
Place of Wartime Residence St Andrews, Guernsey

George Bernard's Story

My grandfather signed up as soon as war was declared. Like many other Guernseymen, he joined the Royal Irish Regiment as they were stationed at the garrison in Guernsey at the time. He transferred to Ireland for training, where he was commissioned as an officer, and transferred to the Royal Munster Fusiliers. Towards the end of 1915, they went to France and were stationed at Noeux Les Mines near Loos. In April 1916, the Germans launched a gas attack. George was among the casualties, and spent a year recuperating. Due to the damage the gas had done to his lungs, doctors advised him to live in a milder climate. Determined to get back to front line duties, he transferred to King's African Rifles in 1917 and spent the last year of the war serving in Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and Nyasaland (now Malawi). After the war, he stayed in Africa, taking a job with the Nyasaland Police Force. He retired in 1946 and returned to Guernsey - but unfortunately the winter of 1946 proved too much for his weak lungs and he died from pneumonia in early 1947.

Gas Poisoning affected his health for the rest of his life

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