2nd Lieutenant George Norman Tapp

2nd Lieutenant George Norman Tapp

Born. 1888, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Died of Wounds 28th March 1916, Amiens, France.

George Norman Tapp was born in Dewsbury in 1888 to Mr Henry D.Tapp, a printer, of the Tapp & Toothill Company, stationers of Leeds, Bradford and London.

He was educated at the Bradford Grammar School, between 1897 and 1903,and leaving school he entered into his fathers business and became a director of the company, he was also a respected scoutmaster of the Dewsbury and Liversedge scout groups.

In September of 1914, George enlisted into the Leeds Pals. During the month of December 1914, whilst the “Pals” were in camp at Colsterdale George suffered an accident which was reported in the “Yorkshire Observer”:

"Lance Corporal George Norman Tapp, only son of Mr Henry D Tapp, director of Tapp & Toothills, printers and stationers, of Leeds, Bradford and London, in consequence of having stepped on a broken bottle, during battalion parade, in camp, he is now lying dangerously ill, of blood poisoning, at the Royal Military Hospital, Beckets Park, Leeds."

George managed to survive his non-combatant wounds, and probably because of his standing in civilian life, secured a commission, on the 8th July 1915, into the 14th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.

On the 21st March 1918, whilst attached to the 2nd Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, he was wounded in the battle of Amiens.

In a letter, to his family, that was printed in the “Yorkshire Observer”, 3 days after he died! George wrote:

I was going along a trench with L/Cpl S________ when an “Oil can”,(trench mortar shell), about a dozen yards in front of us, burst in the trench. These things are very big and travel slowly, so we saw it falling and had time to run back a few yards before throwing ourselves on our faces. Then the thing burst, and we were covered with earth and sandbags. Poor S_____, being behind got the worst of it, and 1 of his legs was badly smashed up. It was sometime before I could extricate myself. There was nobody anywhere, about, and I dare not shout, lest the Germans might hear and knowing they had made a hit, send another one in the same place. Of course I could not go away and leave the poor chap there, so we had to wait until someone came, which they did after a time. They sent for a stretcher-bearer for S_______, and helped me back to the dug out, where I found that a fragment had cut through the sole of my boot!

2nd/Lieutenant George Norman Tapp, succumbed to his wounds on the 28th March 1916, at the 56th (South Midland) Casualty Clearing Station, and was buried at the St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France.

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