early 20th Century
This is a memorial tablet created in memory of George Henshaw of the Manchester Regiment.
For many years it was displayed in what became the Eccles Scout Centre on Chadwick Road, Eccles.
George Henshaw was born in Eccles in 1877 and worked as a Machine Joiner. He was also a member of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Manchester Regiment when war was declared in 1899, against the Boers, in South Africa. George volunteered for service at the age of 23, on 9th February 1900.
George caught enteric fever while serving in South Africa and was sent home to recover. He spent a long time in Netley Hospital, Hampshire but he never fully recovered. He was discharged from the Army on medical grounds on 15th October 1901 and died at Manchester Infirmary, after his fourth operation, on 15th August 1902, aged just 26 years old.
George was honoured with a military funeral at Peel Green Cemetery, Salford when hundreds of people lined the route to the Cemetery and thousands attended his funeral service.