Makins, Geoffrey

Second son of Henry Francis and Keziah (nee Hunt) Makins of 180 Queen’s Gate, London, he came to Winchester from Rev. W.H. Churchill’s school at Reigate. In 1896, he went to Sandhurst, and two years later was gazetted to the 2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. From 1899 to 1902, he served in South Africa, taking part in the defence of Ladysmith, and from 1905-1906, was attached to the Personal Staff of the then Prince of Wales on his Indian tour. From 1910 to 1913, he was Adjutant to the Queen’s Westminster Rifles.

On the outbreak of war he rejoined his regiment, which was among the earliest to leave England, and fell severely wounded on the Aisne. Whilst recovering from his wounds he acted as Adjutant to the 5th (Reserve) Battalion at Ypres. He was mortally wounded by a sniper near Chapelle Armentieres at dawn on August 23rd and died the same morning at the Casualty Clearing Station at Merville. He lies buried in the French Cemetery there.

His nephew – the diplomat Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron Sherfield, GCG, GCMG, FRS (D1917-22) (Warden 1974-1979) – dedicated the Makins Room of Moberly Library in honour of him and his own brother, Geoffrey Ernest Makins MC (D1929-1932), who was killed in Normandy in 1944 whilst serving with the Sherwood Rangers; a portrait of the elder Geoffrey Makins hangs there.

The Sherfield Family Papers can be accessed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford:

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Makins
  • Forenames or initials: Geoffrey
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1892-1893
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 30th December 1877
  • Date of Death: 23rd August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A1
  • Decoration: M.V.O.