|Date of Birth||September 29, 1883|
|Place of Birth||Manchester, Lancashire|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Battalion||2/10 Battalion, Manchester Regiment|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Date of Enlistment||July 24, 1916|
|Age at Enlistment||32|
|Theatre of Service||Great Britain|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||July 19, 1963|
|Age at Death||80|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
George Herbert Staveley was born on 29 September 1883 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. Their first born child, his parents George, an engine fitter, and Jane Ann (née Johnson) Staveley were both from Manchester. Other children born to the family were Annie Beatrice (1884) and John (1886). By the 1891 England census George Sr had died and Jane’s two sisters had come to live with the family. Jane married Peter James Appleyard in 1897; he died two years later. Jane provided for the family as a beer seller (pub).
During the third quarter of 1908 George married Jane Hulmes. Also born in Manchester, Jane was the daughter of Thomas and Martha (née Pennington) Hulmes. The 1911 England census found George and Jane living on Hartley Street in Levenshulme, Manchester where George was working as a speculation pattern man in a shippers warehouse of cotton goods. Their first child, Graham Herbert, was born in 1912, followed by another son, Norman in 1915.
According to his Canadian Legion application form, George enlisted with the 2/10th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment on 24 July 1916 and served in England until 24 August 1918, discharged at Ripon, Yorkshire. Other details of his service are not known.
Jane’s mother and most of her siblings had immigrated to Canada in 1913, settling in Kenora, Ontario. George, Jane, and the two boys were found on the passenger list of the Corsican that arrived in St John, New Brunswick in April of 1919. They too were to make Kenora their home. For the 1921 Canada census the family was living on Second Street and George was working as a labourer at the box factory. Another child was later born to the family, a daughter, Muriel.
According to his obituary George entered the service of the Canadian Pacific Railway as a labourer and fitter’s helper shortly after arriving in Canada and became a storeman in 1923. He retired in 1948. He was a member of the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion, the Brotherhood of Railway and Steamship Clerks, and St Alban’s Pro Cathedral.
Predeceased by his wife Jane in 1958, George died on 19 July 1963 in the Kenora General Hospital. Along with Jane, he is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. At the time of his death he was survived by sons Graham and Norman and daughter Muriel Young, all of Kenora.
by Judy Stockham
1916 newspaper article about the Hulmes family provided by Gail Hulmes-Backsai