WW1 Alumni

Glenie, GR

George Richard Glenie

George Richard Glenie

2nd Lieutenant, King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

Age 10, Class II Lower: 'Very nice little fellow, intelligent, works hard.'

George Richard Glenie was born on June 24th 1894 to Kate and George Glenie. He was the 5th generation to be named George Richard Glenie, carrying on a tradition that had started in 1783. He was a student at Alleyn’s until 1910 and he was recognised by his tutors as a student that always put in a tremendous amount of effort. After leaving Alleyn’s, George went on to attend King’s College London where he studied art and theology. He found work as a pay clerk after finishing his studies and continued in this role until the outbreak of war in August 1914. After deciding to join the war effort, George was granted a commission in the Army and joined the Officer Training Corps to complete his training. After receiving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, he briefly joined the Borders Regiment before being transferred to the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment. Shortly after this, he received orders to embark for the Western Front. He arrived in France on May 3rd 1915 where he joined the 154th Infantry Battalion. During his time overseas, George was involved in a number of major operations including the Battle of Festubert in June 1915 and the major British operations on the Somme in the summer of 1916. George fought with the King’s Own until September 1916 when he was killed during the Battle of Ginchy as the British attempted to push forward and gain a strategic advantage over the German forces. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.