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George Baglin (1882-1947), a son of Charles Cole Baglin, was called up for service in WW1 being 'rounded up' in 1916 when they wanted more men; although he was 35 years old with a wife, Gertrude Ethel Watts (c1883-1962), and young family. He served in France and then Northern Italy to help the (then) allies fight the Austrians.

Apart from his military service, George always worked for himself. He used to turn out his horses and cattle to graze on Minchinhampton Common, Gloucestershire; 700 acres of grassland. He used his own land for hay making, and the whole family would help with this. He would also haul stone and coal by horse and sell his own milk; which was delivered by his son Colin.

His wife, Gertrude Watts came from the village of Slad, a few miles north east of Stroud. This is the village around which Laurie Lee wrote his book, Cider With Rosie; some say that Gertrude's great grandmother is reputed to be the person on which Granny Trill, a character inok, was based?

In 1926 George's sister, Emily Baglin born 1884, took over the licence of the Bell Inn, Burleigh, Gloucestershire on the death of their father, Charles Cole Baglin, The pub shut for the last time in 1965 and Laurie Lee, the author of ‘Cider with Rosie’, was there on the day it shut; Laurie Lee being interested in village life didn't like to see the old village pubs being closed down.

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