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    12 Arnold Grove in Wavertree is the birthplace and early home of Beatle George Harrison. Yet the house holds another story that should be told.

    It is a soldier who died during WW1 who lived at 12 Arnold Grove.

    http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_...asualty=198846

    While researching I stumbled across this man. Some of you may be interested to learn about this man who once lived in George's house.

    William Coleman enlisted into the 20th battalion of the Kings Liverpool regiment on 25 May 1915, as Private 29172. He gives his age as 17 years. William is 5 feet 2 1/4 inches tall and has a scar on his abdomen.

    His father is listed as John Coleman of 12 Arnold grove, his mother is listed as deceased. He has two brothers James and John with no address listed. And three sisters Mary and Elizsabeth of 12 Arnold Grove and Alice address unknown.

    William trains with the Kings Liverpool regiment then on 30 March 1916 he sails from Folkstone UK aboard S.S INVICTA to France. His regiment is at Etaples, France on 31 march. They will see action on the Western Front as the year goes on.

    On 11 November 1916 William leaves Le Touquet France for England. Once there he is transferred to The 4th Northern General Hospital in Lincoln suffering from Trench foot. he spends 8 days in the hospital.

    William is in the UK until leaving for France for a second time on 30 May 1917. where again he sees action on the Western front.

    On 29 March 1918 he is transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment as Private 41818. Basically they where boosting the Infantry for attack and William was selected. Just 17 days later Willian went missing in action presumed dead on 15 April. His body was later found and he was buried at Bailluel Communal Cemetery Extension ( Nord ) in France.


    This letter is dated 19 March 1919 listing William's father John.




    This letter is dated 18 September 1919 listing William's friend D.M Dilworth. Laburnum Grove is very close to Arnold Grove




    Reciept for William's War medals. Again signed by his friend.




    Now in the 1901 census listed at 12 Arnold Grove are..................
    Charles and Mary Hickson, both aged 26. Charles is a Coachman.They live with their son Charles aged 2. So a few more who lived in George's house.


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    Interesting in 1901 in the house next door at Number 10 Arnold grove is a Harrison family. I have no idea if they are related to George? I know his nan once lived in Albert Grove behind Arnold Grove.

    the Harrison family at number 10 is................................................ .....
    William 39 and Margaret 35. William is a Corporation Tram Driver and he was born in Manchester. Their children are John 16 ( Grocer Shop Boy ) Ruth 9, Isabella 3 and charlotte 2 months.

    In 1891 Arnold Grove was not there. I have yet to check 1911.

    Well I hope somebody finds this interesting. Its nice to see who was there before George.
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    Hi Spike

    What a wonderful story you have uncovered. Thanks for sharing it with us. Would you mind me posting this information on another website where I have been putting links to Colin Wilkinson's "Streets of Liverpool" website and other 'Pool-related material?

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    Hi Chris

    Go for it

    The more that hear about it the better.
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    Exellent. Thank you, Spike.

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    Chris this will be going on the wartime website soon.
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    My eldest sister lived at 13 Arnold Grove, the same time George Harrison lived at 12.

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    Spike what an interesting story, I found Willaim Coleman's story quite sad even though he was a brave man,as were all the men who went to war. Thank's for sharing. I agree with you, the more that hear about it the better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lesley1 View Post
    My eldest sister lived at 13 Arnold Grove, the same time George Harrison lived at 12.
    I lived there for a few years myself. Though George was long gone by then.
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    That is fantastic research you have done there Tony..

    well done lad..


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    Cheers Gerard

    Its important to keep these stories going.
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    http://liverpoolremembrance.weebly.c...names-a-c.html

    The story is now on the wartime website. Scroll down the page to WILLIAM COLEMAN
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