1880 - 19th April 1918 (age 38)
Army Service Corps
The following article appeared in the Yorkshire Gazette, 27th April 1918:
Pte. G.H.Horner Death of a well-known Thirsk Cricketer.
The death took place on Friday of last week at Preece Heath Military Hospital, Salop, of a well known Thirsk townsman in the person of Pte. G.H.Horner, A.S.C.
Pte. Horner was the eldest son of Mr. W.J.Horner, of Thirsk, and like his father and many other members of the family, was an ardent cricketer. He was a frequent player with the Thirsk Club of which he was a useful member, especially as a batsman. He joined the Army in January 1916. A few months ago he was home on his draft leave prior to going to Egypt, but on his return to camp he was taken ill and in consequence was not sent out. He died at the age of 38 from an internal complaint. He leaves a widow and five children. The body was brought to Thirsk on Monday, and conveyed to his residence at Railway-terr., Sowerby ... the coffin was carried by members of the No.1 Yorks (Thirsk) Red Cross V.A.D. of which Pte Horner was one of the original members when that most useful detachment was formed at Thirsk some years ago ... mourners Mrs.G.H.Horner (widow), Mary, Sybil (daughters), Reginald (son).
A report of the death and funeral of a cousin of Pte.Horner who died on the same day will be found in this issues (George Horner who died on 19th inst. Age 44 of pneumonia).
William James Horner was a butcher in Thirsk Market Place, he had nine surviving children, of which George, the eldest, followed him into the business. George had married Isabel Rachel Coverdale of Sowerby, around 1906 and they went to live at 4 Railway Terrace. There were five children born from 1909 to 1918.
George was buried at Thirsk Cemetery, plot C Q 73 where a commonwealth war graves headstone commemorates him. His wife Isabel survived him by 27 years and was also buried there. Their youngest son, John Henry was born in 1918 and would have been too young to have remembered his father. John Henry and his wife Faith, died in 1983 and 1992 respectively, and their remains lie in the same plot with George and Isabel.
George Horner's grave with other members of his family at Thirsk
The information on this page was compiled by Steve Billings.
Information about George Henry Horner on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Information about George Henry Horner on the War Graves Photographic Project website
Part of the St Oswald's Church website