In Flanders Fields…..George Hipwell

George Ashton HIPWELL

Geddington Roll of Honour 1914-18


Rank: Private
Service No: O/6099
Regiment/Service: Army Ordnance Corps
Died: 23/04/1917, of illness, aged 28
Cemetery: Geddington (St. Mary Magdalene) Churchyard – Grave: In the North-West part. Ref: A85
Memorial Inscription: In sweet rememberance of GEORGE ASHTON HIPWELL A.O.C. who passed away at Chiseldon Camp (Wilts.), April 23rd 1917 aged 28 years. ‘Love is immortal.’
War Office Information: Husband of Grace C. Hipwell, of “Redcliffe,” Geddington.

Personal Information

The Hipwells had lived in Geddington for generations. Malting Lane was once known as ‘Hipwell’s Jitty’. They were brewers, shopkeepers, woodsmen, churchwardens and football players.  The middle name of Ashton came from George’s maternal grandmother.

John Ashton Hipwell, George’s father, was born in Geddington and married twice. His second wife was George’s mother, Louisa Ann Hipwell (nee Townsend). George himself was born in 1889 and was baptised in the parish church of the village on 5th August 1889.

25 years later on 10th September 1914, just after the declaration of war, George would be married there to Grace Charlotte Freeman, a teacher of music, and Frank Toseland would be a witness to the marriage.

Less than 3 years later his funeral was held there and he was buried in his home churchyard.

According to his Military History Sheet he served 1 year and 28 days.

George had 3 sisters. He played football and cricket for the village teams.

Agnes Mary Hipwell 1880-1975; m. Edgar F Sewter in 1907
Florence Jane Hipwell 1883-1965; m. Percy R Derry in 1912
Gertrude Helen Hipwell 1884-1982; m. Thomas Rawson in 1916

Picture of George Hopewell's Grave
George Hipwell grave in Geddington

1891 Census: Stamford Road, Geddington
Ashton Hipwell (father); Aged 43; carpenter & joiner; b. Geddington
Louisa Hipwell (mother); Aged 38; b. Blundson, Wiltshire
Agnes Mary Hipwell (sister); Aged 10; b. Netwon Mill
Florence Jane Hipwell (sister); Aged 8; b. Geddington
Gertrud Hettie Hipwell (sister); Aged 6; b. Geddington
George Ashton Hipwell; Aged 1; b. Geddington

1901 Census: Kettering Road, Geddington
John Ashton Hipwell (father); Aged 52; carpenter; Widowed
Agnes Mary Hipwell (sister); Aged 20; school mistress at C.E School
Gertrude Ellen Hipwell (sister); Aged 16; dressmaker
George Ashton Hipwell; Aged 10
John Townsend Hipwell (brother); Aged 9; b. Geddington
Hannah Hinton (housekeeper); Aged 51; b. Fyfield Essex

1911 Census: Kettering Road, Geddington
Ashton Hipwell (father); Aged 60; estate carpenter
Helen Hipwell (sister); Aged 26; housekeeper
George Hipwell; Aged 21; clerk for boot & shoe manufacturer
John Hipwell (brother); Aged 19; tailor