Toynbee, Geoffrey Percy Robert


He was the only son of Percy Robert Turner Toynbee (College 1865-1870) and came to Winchester from Mr G T Worsley’s school at Hillingdon. He became a House Prefect and played in OTH VI in 1902 and in Lords in 1903. W.R. Lyon’s “The Elevens of the Three Great Schools” 1805-1929 (Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co, 1930) records: “He was the worthy son of a most popular Wykehamist, the late Percy Robert Turner Toynbee, who, although he was not in Lords, was a fine cricketer, and scored freely for Old Wykehamists and Free Foresters; and the writer well recalls the pleasure that he and other old friends felt when they found Percy Toynbee playing in the same match.” His son afterwards represented Hampshire and the Army at cricket and captained the XI at Sandhurst.

He passed through the Royal Military College with distinction, and was gazetted in 1905 to the 3rd Battalion Rifle Brigade. In 1914 while serving in India, he was promoted to the command of a company in the 1st Battalion and when war broke out travelled to France at his own expense to join them. He fell at dawn on 15th November 1914 in the trenches around St Yves, between Ploegsteert and Le Gheer in the Ypres Salient. Neither his unit’s offical report nor the war diary makes mention of Toynbee or how he met his death. He is commemorated on Panel 10 of the Ploegsteert Memorial and at the memorial to MCC members at Lords’ cricket ground.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Toynbee
  • Forenames or initials: Geoffrey Percy Robert
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1898-1903
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 18th May 1885
  • Date of Death: 15th November 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Panel 10