George Henry Vogel
G/5403, Private, 9th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment
1886, St Pancras – 28th September 1915, killed in action, Western Front
Panel 69 to 73, Loos Memorial
Soldiers Died in the Great War entry
He was the son of Jules Vogel (1859, Paris, France – 1914, St Pancras) and Sarah J (1859, Middlesex). Jules first appears in the 1881 census, so probably arrived in Britain before that date. He became a naturalised British subject in 1877. The couple were at 12 Taylors Court, Portsea, Hampshire in 1881, with two children and with Jules serving as a private in the Army Service Corps. In 1891 George was living with his parents and four siblings at 134 Gloucester Road, St Pancras. His father was working as a cabinet maker in 1891, 1901 and 1911.
George and five siblings were living with them in 1901, now at 14 Little Edward Street, St Pancras. In 1911 Jules, Sarah and four of their children were living at 3 Buck Street, St Pancras. These did not include George, who was lodging at 71 Marylebone Lane and working as a grocer’s assistant.
He does not appear on the parish magazine’s March 1915 list of those already serving, though a J Vogel does. George enlisted at Cockspur Street. George’s mother Sarah remarried after his father’s death, to Albert E Twining, in early 1923 in St Pancras. George’s younger brother Percy Frederick (1898, Kilburn or St Pancras – 1966, Elstree and Potters Bar district) enlisted on 1st February 1915 into 19th Battalion, London Regiment but was discharged three days later for being ‘under chest measurement’ and thus ‘not likely to become an efficient Soldier’. He was also only 5 ft 1 inches tall. Percy married Rosina Rogers in St Pancras district in 1921 and their daughter Ellen Margaret Vogel was baptised at St Michael’s, on 29th March 1925, with her parents living at 24 Castle Road, NW and her father working as a painter.
George’s brothers Edward Ernest Vogel (1895, St Pancras or Hendon district – 1972, St Pancras district) and James Walter Vogel (1887-1973) both served in 19th Battalion, London Regiment and survived the war.