George Cyril Collett (1899 - 1918)

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George Cyril Collett
1899 - 1918
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c. 1899
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September 2, 1918
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George Cyril Collett was born c. 1899. He died on September 2, 1918 at age 19.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: 52510
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles
Unit/ship/squadron: 12th Bn.

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George Cyril Collett passed away on September 2, 1918 at age 19. He was buried in Ploegsteert Memorial Panel 9., Belgium. He was born c. 1899. There is no information about George's family or relationships.

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In 1899, in the year that George Cyril Collett was born, the meaning of Chinese "oracle bones" was rediscovered. Farmers in China had been turning up the bones in their fields for generations but most often they were ground up and sold as medicine. The chancellor of the Imperial Academy and a friend noticed, before they ground the bones, that they had writing. The bones had been used around the second millennium BC for divination.

In 1900, he was only 1 year old when a massive hurricane, known as the Great Galveston hurricane, hit Galveston Texas. Winds hit up to 145 miles an hour (category 4) and it remains the single most deadly event in U.S. history. Between 6,000 and 12,000 died (most estimates are around 8,000 dead). The population of Galveston at the time was about 36,000 people in 1900.

In 1909, George was just 10 years old when the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

In 1918, in the year of George Cyril Collett's passing, in July, Russian revolutionaries executed the former Tzar Nicholas II and his immediate family. While it was rumored that two of the children had survived, it was later proven through DNA analysis - when their bodies were found - that the entire family had been killed.

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