Hayhurst-France, George Frederick

He was the second son of Captain George Henry Hayhurst-France, and Alice Gertrude Hayhurst-France (daughter of Robert Mitchell Hawks). He was the brother of Atherton Henry Hayhurst-France MC, DL (B1907-1912). From Winchester’s ‘Army Class’ he passed into RMA Woolwich and then RMC Sandhurst, and in 1914 joined 2nd Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He was promoted to Captain in 1917, and was wounded three times. For his services in the First World War he received the DSO, MC & Bar, and was twice mentioned in despatches.

From France he went to Macedonia and then on the conclusion of the war he served in Murmansk, fighting against the Bolsheviks.  He gave a very amusing talk to the Winchester College OTC on the subject on his return.

Hayhurst-France then served in India from 1920 until 1926.

In June 1925 he married Joyce Lilian Le Fleming, daughter of John Le Fleming, of Eton House, Tonbridge, and on his death left four sons, one of whom, George Henry Hayhurst-France, came to Winchester (I 1943-1947).

On retiring from the army in 1926 he lived at Glenthorn, Ambleside, and took up art professionally, with some success. He became a member of the Lake Artists’ Society in 1939 (membership is limited to forty-five artists permanently resident in Cumbria).

Returning to the army as a Captain on the outbreak of war, he went to France with the BEF as a Brigade Major, commanding an anti-tank company with the HQ of 10 Brigade, but his health broke down. He died in France on February 18th 1940, aged forty-four; his body was then returned to England for a private funeral. He rests in St. Mabyn Church Cemetery, Cornwall.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Hayhurst-France
  • Forenames or initials: George Frederick
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1909-1913
  • Rank: Captain (Brigade Major)
  • Regiment: Kings Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 3rd March 1895
  • Date of Death: 18th February 1940
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D1
  • Decoration: DSO, MC and Bar
  • Burial Site: St Mabyn Cemetery, Bodmin, Cornwall