Coles, Geoffrey Horsman


The son of Timothy and Amelia Coles of St. Helen’s Ore, Hastings and 76 Westbourne Terrace, London, and one of six Wykehamist brothers. He entered Chernocke House from Mr. Malan’s school at Wimbledon and left in 1889 to study practical engineering at Manchester, working subsequently at University College, London, and at the Great Western Railway Works at Swindon. He gave up engineering in 1895 and resided for many years at Sennen, Cornwall.

In January 1915 he enlisted as a private in the 24th (Sportsmen’s) Battalion Royal Fusiliers.  He went to France the following November and was killed by an exploding rifle grenade on January 27th, 1916, while on outpost duty at Festubert.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Coles
  • Forenames or initials: Geoffrey Horsman
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1884-1889
  • Rank: Private
  • Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 13th March 1871
  • Date of Death: 27th January 1916
  • How Died: Killed on outpost duty
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: BROWN'S ROAD MILITARY CEMETERY, FESTUBERT: Grave I.G.17