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INFORMATION WANTED Lieutenant, Geoffrey Otto Charles Edwards

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wet255

I'm looking for information on, Lieutenant, Geoffrey Otto Charles Edwards, 9th battalion, Duke of Wellington's Regt. Died 7 July 1916. Took part in two Boat Races rowing for Oxford in 1897-98. Many thanks

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wet255

Many thanks

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keithmroberts

He has a file at the National Archives reference WO 339/42313 . It is not digitised and has to be viewed in the document room. The national Archives website explains the registration procedures and requirements.

Keith

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keithmroberts

The Find a grave record is misleading. His body was not recovered and according to the CWGC he is commemorated on the Thiepval memorial.

Keith

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KevinBattle

If he entered France on 24 May and was dead by 7 July, that's hardly time for him to get to know where and what his objectives would have been.

You may also find his name is incorrect as he was baptised as Geoffrey OtHo Charles Edwards

Name: Geoffrey Otto Charles Edwards. Death Date: 7 Jul 1916. Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment. Battalion: 9th Battalion. Type of Casualty: Killed in action
Edwards, Geoffrey Otho Charles of Pye Nest, Halifax, second lieutenant 3rd battalion Duke of Wellingtons West Riding regiment died 7 July 1916 in France or Belgium, killed in action. Probate London 22 November to Roger Greville Hazlerigg, gentleman. Effects: £11,160 9s 6d
Name: Geoffrey Otho C Edwards. Registration Year: 1877. Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar. Registration district: Halifax, Yorkshire West Riding
Volume: 9a. Page: 422 (wrong - not in 1st Qtr 1877 p422 or in Edwards, Geoffrey)
Baptised 5 November 1876 as Geoffrey OtHo Charles, son of Arthur Hancock and Eleanor Louise Edwards, of Ashgrove, Elland Road at St Marys, Elland.
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.
Sir Arthur Francis Pease, 1st Baronet, DL (11 March 1866 – 23 November 1927) was an English coal owner and public servant. Pease was born in Hummersknott, a suburb of Darlington. He came from a wealthy local Quaker family, and was the son of the coal owner and Member of Parliament Arthur Pease and the brother of the politician Herbert Pike Pease, 1st Baron Daryngton. He was educated at Brighton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, and in 1888 joined the family firm, Pease & Partners Ltd, of which he later became chairman.
Pease eventually also became chairman of Middlesbrough Estate Ltd, North-Eastern Improved Dwellings Company, William Whitwell & Co, and the Durham & North Yorkshire Public House Trust, and a director of the North Eastern Railway Company/London and North Eastern Railway Company, Lloyds Bank, Horden Collieries Ltd, the Forth Bridge Railway Company, the National Benzole Company, and a number of others.
Pease was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham in December 1906 and High Sheriff of Durham for 1920-21. He became prominent as a representative of the employers in negotiations with the Miners' Federation and favoured hard responses to worker militancy. He was a member of a number of government committees. He served as Second Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1918 to 1919, and for this he was created a baronet in the 1920 Birthday Honours. He acquired Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire, where he lived until his death. Pease died of a cerebral haemorrhage during a board meeting of Horden Collieries Ltd on 23 November 1927. On his death he was succeeded by his son Richard Arthur Pease.
So I'd have to assume there has to be some family link to the Pease family and Quakers... The name OTHO may also need a little investigating, as it's so unusual.
I'm certain it's not a mistranscription of OtTo.
EDIT: Link found..
Major Arthur Hancock Edwards, 2nd West Yorkshire Yeomanry Cavalry. Painting in the national Army Museum
The Peerage:
Eleanor Louisa Pease was the daughter of Lt.-Col. Joseph Walker Pease. She married Arthur Hancock Edwards, son of Sir Henry Edwards, 1st Bt. and Maria Churchill Coster, on 22 January 1874. She died on 24 August 1911.
Children of Eleanor Louisa Pease and Arthur Hancock Edwards
Barbara Florence Edwards d. 27 Dec 1952
Winifred Delia Edwards d. 20 Jan 1946
Eleanor Churchill Edwards b. c 1875, d. 27 Dec 1968
Geoffrey Otho Charles Edwards b. 2 Oct 1876, d. 7 Jul 1916
Henry Arthur Rolleston Edwards b. 21 Jan 1881, d. 8 Nov 1934
Geoffrey Otho Charles Edwards was born on 2 October 1876. He was the son of Arthur Hancock Edwards and Eleanor Louisa Pease.
He died on 7 July 1916 at age 39, killed in action.
He graduated from New College, Oxford University, Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).
Lieutenant in the service of the 3rd Battalion, Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment.

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wet255
wow many thanks to everyone to take the time and trouble much appriciated

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