George Edward Sewell 2 September 1917

Geoffrey Edward Sewell, born in March 1898, was the eldest son of his family from St Albans. He was in Dryden from 1912-1915, won a prize for German in 1913 and was in the Shooting VIII.

From Oundle, he went to Sandhurst and on passing out joined the Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) at Dover. He specialized in grenade warfare and took a Physical Training course in Aldershot and, on his return to Dover, was made Physical Training officer to his battalion.

As soon as he reached the age of 19, in March 1917, he was eager to get to France and moved to the 1st Battalion, arriving in France in June of that year. He died of wounds at Loos on 2nd September of that year, still aged just 19. His Major wrote: “during the time he was with us, he proved himself to be a most popular, gallant and trustworthy officer.”

He was buried at Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery, alongside nearly one thousand other victims of the war.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow