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George Ben SAYCE

Captain George Ben SAYCE of 26th (Service) Bn., Manchester Regiment, Also 20th (Service) Bn., Depot Company

Killed in Action Saturday 1st July 1916, France , age 29

Of:168 Palatine-Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, Lancashire
Born:1887, Birkenhead, Cheshire
Parents:Elizabeth Marion Sayce and George Arthur Sayce of The Wirral, Cheshire
Marital status:Married to Dilys Sayce (née Evens) of 67 Bridge Street, Manchester, Lancashire
Occupation:Metal Salesman
He enlisted in:
Remembered on:Grave/Panel VI. I. 2. of the memorial in Dantizig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France
Link with Hyde:Not Known

Notes:Enlisted with the Manchester Regiment as a Second Lieutenant in November 1914, and promoted to Captain in January 1915. 'The Denstonian School Magazine' reported how Captain Sayce was killed in action. 'In the attack on July 1st he asked his Commanding Officer to allow him to lead and led his men splendidly to the capture of the enemy's front line trench. They achieved this much with speed and completeness and equally quick won their way to the second trench. Captain Sayce was about to jump into this with his men when he was hit by a sniper's bullet. He was 29 years of age.'