George William Baren was born in Bradford in 1887, the son of George William Baren born in 1862 in York and Ada Snell born in Pocklington in 1863. His parents had married in 1886 in Bradford. His father George William had begun his working life as a groom in Spofforth but little is known about the family until the 1901 census when the family were living at 7 Blenheim Place, Idle and
his father was working as a groom. At 14 years of age George was working as a worsted spinner.His father died in 1904 and the family moved to 8 Mount Terrace, Eccleshill. George at 23 years of age was working as a mule spinner. By the time war broke out in 1914 George was employed at Messrs. Dixon Bros. Quarry owners in Eccleshill.
George joined the Royal Field Artillery in September 1914 as Gunner 90326 and saw nine months service in France. In November 1915 his Battalion was ordered to Salonika. Embarkation began on the 17th but it was not until the 13th February 1916 that the whole Division finally arrived. Between 30th of September and 2nd October 1916, George was engaged in the capture of Karajakois, the capture of Yenikoi and the Battle of Tumbitza Farm. He survived these engagements but
on 1st December 1916 he was seriously wounded in the spine by a rifle bullet and was transported to the 43rd general hospital in Salonika where on 18th December 1916 he died from his injuries, aged 28 years.He is buried in the Salonika Military Cemetery near Thessalonika in Greece.His mother Ada was his legatee and she received £3. 9. 6d on the 12th June 1919.Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.