Names Familiar To All

The stories of the East Ilsley War Memorial


George was the son of the local doctor, and he worked as his father’s chauffeur. He was a gentle man, and it was a shock to the whole community when he was called up at the age of 40.

George Risien

George and his wife Barbara on their wedding day. Courtesy of Trish Napper

The rigours of Army life and the prospect of going to war were too much for him, and his mental health cracked under the strain. He was discharged without seeing active service, and soon afterwards took his own life. Because he died after being discharged he is not commemorated by the CWGC, but he was regarded locally as equally a victim of the war, and he is therefore remembered on the memorial. George is buried in St Mary’s churchyard at East Ilsley.