George Sandel was born in Broadway in 1885, the son of James Sandel, an agricultural labourer, and Sarah Ann Sandel. George had three brothers and five sisters and grew up at Bury End on the outskirts of the village. As a boy he attended Broadway Council School and after leaving school worked as a farm labourer.
Aged 18, George joined the army and served with the Worcestershire Regiment in South Africa. George married Mabel Luker in 1910 and they moved to Leamington Road, Broadway, where their daughter Lilian was born in 1915. Following the outbreak of the First World War, George re-enlisted with the Worcestershire Regiment but was discharged from the army in October 1915 due to ill health.
George died of tuberculosis on 8th December 1917 and his funeral was held at St Eadburgha’s Church, Snowshill Road, Broadway, four days later. George is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial, Broadway Council School Memorial Board and in the Worcestershire Regiment Roll of Honour.
Further information about George and the men from Broadway commemorated on the war memorial on the village green can be found in ‘Broadway Remembers’ (a not-for-profit publication published to coincide with the global First World War Centenary commemorations led by IWM. Proceeds to the Poppy Appeal).