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EDWARDS, Geoffrey Otto Charles

Memorials

Name: Eton College WW1 High Street, Eton
NIWM Ref: 41461
RBWM Ref: WM239
Name: Sunningdale School Window WW1 Dry Arch Road, Sunningdale
NIWM Ref: 18743
RBWM Ref: WM278

Person Details

Place of birth: Yorkshire
Gender: Male
Date of death: 07/07/1916
Place of death: Somme, France
Manner of death: Killed in action
Age at death: 29
CWGC Ref: 752972
TWGPP Ref: 65808

Military details

Military Organisation: Army
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant

Relatives

Father Arthur Hancock EDWARDS
Mother Eleanor Louisa EDWARDS

Additional information

Geoffrey served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment, 9th Battalion. The battalion formed at Halifax in September 1914 as part of K2 and came under command of 52nd Brigade in 17th (Northern) Division. The battalion landed at Boulogne 15 July 1915, but records note that he arrived in France on 24th May 1916. He was killed in action, 7th July 1916. Some records note his name as Otho. Remembered at the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.
Geoffrey Otho C Edwards, was born in 1877, in the district of Halifax, Yorkshire West Riding, son of Arthur Hancock and Eleanor Louise Edwards, of Ashgrove, Elland Road at St Marys, Elland. He attended Sunningdale School and Eton College (left 1894). He took part in two Boat Races rowing for Oxford in 1897-98. In 1901 he's living on his own means and recorded as a visitor at the home of Francis R Pease, railway director, bank official and JP, DL at 17 Lancaster Gate, London, who was High Sheriff of Durham for 1920-21. His father, Major Arthur Hancock Edwards, was in the 2nd West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry, and there is a painting in the national Army Museum. He married Eleanor Louisa Pease, so there was a family connection. Geoffrey's grandfather was Sir Henry Edwards and it seems that his cousin was Eric Lea Priestly Edwards, who is also named on the window at Sunningdale. Probate was granted in London on 22 November to Roger Greville Hazlerigg, gentleman. Effects: 11,160 9s 6d.

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