Roper, George Fitzgerald

He was the elder son of Freeman Roper of Forde Abbey, near Chard in Dorset and Elizabeth, daughter of Wildman George Yates Fitzgerald. He came to Winchester from Copthorne School.

He left in 1917 for Woolwich, and in August 1918 went to France to join “Q” Battery of the Royal Horse Artillery. He took part in the final Allied advance in the neighbourhood of St. Quentin, and at the end of October was invalided home, suffering from influenza and gas-poisoning. He rejoined at Ipswich in April 1919, being attached to the 29th Brigade Royal Field Artillery.

On May 18th 1919 he drowned while boating on the Orwell.  According to The Times “Second Lieutenants Knight and Roper of 7th Brigade RFA, stationed near Ipswich, were sailing in an open boat, when a strong wind drove their boat against a bouy and it capsized.   Mr Knight managed to swim ashore but Mr Roper was drowned”.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Roper
  • Forenames or initials: George Fitzgerald
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1912-1917
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 19th April 1899
  • Date of Death: 18th May 1919
  • How Died: Drowned in a boating accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: IPSWICH OLD CEMETERY: Grave A. I. 80.