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Mayhew, George Joseph

George Mayhew (Senior Vice-President, Union Society) – The cry, “Good old George,” sums up the S.V.P’s position in the hearts of those who know him. George is not old, but he is certainly a good fellow, with a cheery grin and a quiet way of getting what he wants. And what he wants is usually good for the Union Society. George has played a lot of Rugger for the College, and, having distinguished himself at this, he is now proving himself useful with a hockey stick (on the hockey field, we mean!). He is a motorist – at least, he’s got a Ford; and, lastly, he is interested in the Empire overseas. King’s College Review, Dec. 1938

On Active Service: Died of wounds in Italy, Captain George Joseph Mayhew of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light infantry, aged 26, dearly loved husband of Eileen June (née Affleck Graves), and only son of Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Mayhew of “ Hampton” , 77 Red Lion Lane, Shooters Hill. He was for some considerable number of years a choirboy and member of all Saints’ Church, Shooters Hill, and Old Shootershillian and late student of King’ s College, London, University. Respected and loved by all who knew him. Kentish Independent, 17 March, 1944.

Biographical

Surname(s)Mayhew
First name(s)George Joseph
Date of birth12 March 1917
Place of birthLewisham District
Family detailsson of George Thomas and Isabella Mayhew. Husband of Eileen June Mayhew (nee Affleck-Graves) of Gravesend
Previous educationShooters' Hill School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1935-1939
Dept / courseFaculty of Arts
Military unitOxford and Bucks Light Infantry. 7th Bn.
Service number164754
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death03/03/1944
Age at death26
Rank at deathCaptain
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Burial placeNaples War Cemetery
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel
Notes

George Mayhew at the outset of war, when he was called up, was stationed at the Thatched Barn, Barnet By-pass. This, as many will know, is a famous Road-house with Swimming Pool, Dance Floor, etc., and George was in on a good thing. He is now attached to the headquarters company so we presume he is in the centre of things as usual. After a period of intense training with the R.A.M.C. he is now posted “ somewhere abroad” and such are the arrangements of the Field P.O. that as yet we have not heard any further news. He left Barnet about a fortnight ago after having paid a “ flying” visit to Scotland. For those who know, we are happy to add that history continues to repeat itself. He is very interested in Union Society doings, and if any of his friends (or others) would like to write to him, his address is: 7348696 Pte. G. J. Mayhew, Headquarters Coy, 141st Field Ambulance R.A.M.C., c/o Army Post Office. King’ s College Review


Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant - London Gazette 14 January 1941

The King’s College Review of March 1940 has an article by George titled “Somewhere in France”, covering the early days of his war prior to going into battle.

SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission;

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