17 Coy, F Btn, CG (Heavy Branch). His headstone bears the badge of the
Soldiers Death in Hospital
The death took place at the Trowbridge Red Cross Hospital on Wednesday
of Gunner George Elmes, Machine Gun Corps. Gnr Elmes, whose home is at
Chippenham was travelling thence from Bovington Camp on Monday when he was
found to seriously ill at Trowbridge. Dr Bond conveyed him to the hospital
in his motor car, but he got rapidly worse and died on Wednesday. He was
going to Chippenham to visit his mother who is seriously ill.
Wilts Times 6 January 1917
A Soldierís Funeral
Gunner George Elmes of the Machine Gun Corps who died at Trowbridge Red
Cross Hospital last week was buried at the Trowbridge cemetery with
military honours. The body had been removed the from the Red Cross
Hospital to the Isolation Hospital and was conveyed to the cemetery by
hearse, the coffin being covered with a Union Jack. Two officers, a firing
party, bearers and buglers attended from the barracks. The rector of
Trowbridge (Rev PA Nash) officiated and two brothers and a friend of the
deceased, a number of staff and patients of the Trowbridge Red Cross
Hospital and Mr S Champkins (pastor of the Zion Chapel) also attended.
There were a number of floral tributes including a wreath from Major
Hawkins and officers of the deceasedís regiment and another from the
staff of the Red Cross Hospital.
Wilts Times 13 January 1917