25th County of London Cyclist Battalion
The London Regiment


Harold George TALBOT


My paternal grandfather, Harold George Talbot, was born on 16th December 1894 in Poplar on the Isle of Dogs, London, the son of George & Harriett Maryann (nee THOMAS).  His father had escaped a life of rural poverty in Barrow, Suffolk, and was working as a signalman for the Great Eastern Railway when Harold was born. 

Sadly, I have no record of the time Harold served with the 1/25th London Regiment as his medals were stolen in the late 1970's.

Harold returned to civilian life as a shipping clerk for a tea and rubber importers and married my grandmother, Florence Hoad, in 1922.  They moved to West Wickham in Kent and led a quietly suburban life until his death in 1960. 

I only have vague memories of Harold but my mother recalls a kind and generous man who loved India and would have taken up the offer of work there had it not been for my grandmother's refusal to leave England.

By Nicci Talbot-Morris

 


My thanks to Nicci for providing the bio and photos of her grandfather.


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