The Friends of St. Peter's Berkhamsted

Friends of St Peter's, Great Berkhamsted

George Coughtrey (1887 – 1940) and Frank Coughtrey (1915 – 1940, killed in active service)

Grave Number 737

George Coughtrey was Charles Coughtrey’s son (see Plot 734). George married Rosalind Matley (b. 1892 in Manchester) in 1912 at Newton Heath, Manchester. Their son George was born in 1913 at Prestwich, Manchester, (he died in 1979) and Frank was born in 1915 at Bradford.

George died in the same year as his son, Frank, was killed in action. He himself had joined up with the Navy as an air mechanic in 1916 (his civilian occupation was described as a coach motor bodybuilder), rose to be a petty officer and transferred to Squadron 15,  RAF in April 1918 as an aero rigger and was mentioned in dispatches (London Gazette, 1.1.19).

In 1937, he had been involved in an accident on the Ashley Green-Berkhamsted road when he and Miss Lena Shrimpton sustained injuries when they were hit by an Austin 7 Van, driven by Cyril Glover of Gossoms End[9]. George died in 1940 at Hemel Hempstead. Rosalind Matley died in 1964 in Auckland, New Zealand.

[9] Bucks Examiner August 20th, 1937



Research: James Moir with additional Information from Janet Stupples

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