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George Geoffrey SEDGWICK

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Forename(s): George Geoffrey

Place of Birth: Clapham, Yorkshire

Service No: 34179

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion / Unit: 24th (Service) Battalion. (1st Tyneside Irish)

Division: 34th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1917-04-09

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Bay 2 and 3.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: CLAPHAM, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

George Geoffrey Sedgwick was the son of Richard Turner and Mary Jane Agnes Sedgwick, née Foster. Richard was born at Bentham and Mary at Leeds, Yorkshire.

1901 Clapham cum Newby, Yorkshire Census: Post Office, Wenning Bank - George G. Sedgwick, aged 4 years, born Clapham, son of Mary J.A. Sedgwick (married).

1911 Clapham cum Newby, Yorkshire Census: Post Office, Clapham Station - Geoffrey Sedgwick, aged 14 years, born Clapham, son of Agnes Sedgwick (married).

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte George G. Sedgwick, 34179, North'd Fus. K. in A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte George Geoffrey Sedgwick, 34179, 24th North'd Fus. K. in A.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte George Geoffrey Sedgwick, 34179, 24th (S) Bn. North. Fus. Date and Place of Death: 9.4.17. In action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother and sole legatee - Mary J.A. £4 2s. 4d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) for George not found.

George was killed in action during the Battles of Arras, 1917, 9 April – 4 May, at the First Battle of the Scarpe, 1917, 9 – 14 April.

The image of the Northumberland Fusiliers cap badge also shows the collar badge of the Tyneside Irish battalions.

A short biography of George is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

SEDGWICK, Geoffrey, [Bentham], West Riding Regiment, killed in action 1917.


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Private George Geoffrey SEDGWICK

Private George Geoffrey SEDGWICK

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Northumberland Fusiliers

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 34th Division

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Forename(s): George Geoffrey



Enlisted: Settle, Yorks

Number: 34179

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Battalion: 24th Battalion (Tynside Irish)


Died Date: 09/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Forename(s): George Geoffrey

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 34179

Rank: Private

Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers

Unit: 24th (Tynside Irish) Bn.



Died Date: 09/04/1917

Additional Information:


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Courtesy of Allan Hartley, High Bentham

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06 October 1916

CLAPHAM – On Leave

Ptes. Geoff. Sedgwick, Jack Bell and Edward Fawcett, of the Northumberland Fusiliers, have been home on a six days’ furlough.

11 May 1917

SEDGWICK – Killed in action on Easter Monday, April 9th 1917, Pte. Geoffrey Sedgwick, Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, second son of Mrs. Sedgwick, Post Office, Clapham.

11 May 1917


Mrs. Sedgwick, of the Post Office, Clapham station, on Tuesday received the sad news that her second son, Geoffrey, of the Northumberland Fusiliers, had been killed on Easter Monday, on the Western Front. Pte. Sedgwick in civil life was a printer at Mrs. Sharp’s printing office at Bentham. Widespread sympathy is felt for the mother in her sorrow.

11 May 1917


Bad news reached Bentham this week. Private Geoffrey (Geff) Sedgwick, of the West Riding Regiment, who was Mrs. Sharp’s printer, and was held in high esteem by everyone, was killed in France last week. He was called up and joined just about a year ago.

18 May 1917


The news was received last week, and recorded in our columns, of the death in action in France of Private Geoffrey Sedgwick, of the West Riding Regiment, who was previously employed as a printer at Bentham.

01 June 1917


Private Geoffrey Sedgwick, whose death was chronicled in our issue of the 18th ult., was born at Clapham Post Office, was killed on Easter Monday, and was in the Northumberland Fusiliers. He was an ‘old boy’ of Mr. Edward Barrow, Clapham, and enlisted, along with E. Fawcett (whose obituary notice we gave last week) and Jack Bell. They were pals, and two of them have made the great sacrifice, whilst Bell has not been heard of up to Tuesday for a month.

15 June 1917

CLAPHAM – War Items

The parents of Pte. George Metcalfe, who was posted as ‘missing’ from May 3rd, have had a letter from the officer of the company, in which he states:– “I am sorry I cannot give you any news of George, beyond that he is missing, after being hit on May 3rd. Some of our wounded were undoubtedly captured by the enemy and I do trust we shall soon have news that he is alive in German hands. I miss him very much indeed from my Company, as he was one of my best Lewis gunners, and he would, I know, be doing his duty well to the front when he was hit. If I hear anything further I will let you know immediately. I give you my deepest sympathy in your anxiety. CLAUDE D. BENNETT, O.C. ‘B’ COMPANY.”

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bell, of the Flying Horse Shoe Hotel, have been notified that their son, Pte. J. Bell, Northumberland Fusiliers, was killed in action on April 28th. He and his two chums, Ptes. Geoff. Sedgwick and E. Fawcett, enlisted at the same time, and were drafted first into the R.F.A., and afterwards into the ‘Fighting Fifth’. The two latter went to the Front some time in advance of Pte. Bell. All have made the supreme sacrifice.

And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods.

15 June 1917


On Sunday afternoon a memorial service was held in St. James’ Church for local soldiers who have fallen in battle. A large congregation assembled, amongst whom were relatives of the heroes and many were visibly affected by the solemnity of the occasion. A special form of service was used including the lesson from 1. Cor. xv. 20 – ‘Now is Christ risen from the dead,’ and Psalm 39 was chanted by the choir. Mr. Goddard Barker, A.R.C.O., gave as voluntaries ‘Marche Funebre’ (Beethoven), ‘But the Lord is mindful of His own’ (Mendelssohn), and ‘Marche Funebre’ (Chopin), and Miss A. Harrison feeling[ly] sang ‘Nearer my God to Thee’ (Carey). The hymns were ‘Jesu, Lover of my soul’ and ‘Lead, Kindly Light.’ Canon Rawdon Briggs preached a touching sermon from 1. Philippians, 23rd verse – ‘To depart and to be with Christ, which is far better,’ and in the course of his remarks said that was an occasion when the people were met to commemorate the sacredness of those dear ones who had fallen in battle. Their words and thoughts were with those who are asleep in the future beyond. There is no death, as the term is only a step into a larger and fuller life beyond. Life is one stage, a kindergarten or preparatory school and the Church states there is no death only a gateway, a closing of the eyes here and opening them there. Those near and dear heroes are moved on to another state. Their lives have not been wasted but developed to higher ones. They should be remembered in people’s prayers, for they are serving on the other side of the grave. In conclusion Canon Briggs quoted the verse:–

He is not dead the child of your affection,
But gone into another school;
Where he no longer needs your protection,
For Christ Himself doth rule.

12 April 1918

SEDGWICK – In loving memory of my dear son, George Geoffrey (Geoff) Sedgwick, who was killed in action April 9th, 1917.

From his loving Mother, The Post Office, Clapham Station, Lancaster, and his Brother in France.

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11 May 1917


SOLDIERS – News has reached Bentham this week that Pte. Geoffrey (Geff) Sedgwick, of the West Riding Regiment, was killed in France last week. He enlisted about a year ago. He was formerly employed by Mrs. Sharp as a printer, and was highly respected. Pte. Clement Bibby, of the R.F.A., youngest son of Mr. Wm. Bibby, fruiterer, has been badly wounded with gunshot in the face and shoulder. Mr. Henry Smith, the second son of Mr. Wm. Smith, has been called up, and has joined the King’s Own. He has three other brothers serving at the front, one of whom, Pte. Fred Smith, was badly wounded three weeks ago, and is now in hospital at Birkenhead.

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