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Gerald Archibald ARBUTHNOT

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Forename(s): Gerald Archibald

Place of Birth: Kensington, Middlesex

Service No: ---

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment / Corps / Service: Grenadier Guards

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: Guards Division

Age: 44

Date of Death: 1916-09-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: II. C. 1.


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Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

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Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot (born 19 December 1872) was the son of William and Selina Arbuthnot, née Moncrieffe. William was born at Bangalore, India and Selina in the Parish of Dunbarney, Perthshire.

Gerald was married to Mary Johanna Antoinette Dulce Oppenheim in 1894.

1911 London Census: 43, Prince's Gardens SW - Gerald Arbuthnot, aged 38, born London. Retired Naval Officer - ex M.P. Husband of M.J.A. Dulce Arbuthnot.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gerald A. Arbuthnot, Sub Lt R.N.V.R.; Lieut Gren. Gds. Theatre of War first served in: France. K. in A. 25.9.16. Correspondence: Address 1. Gawithfield, Ulverston. Address 2. 27, Rutland Gate SW. Address 3. 3, Stone Buildings, Lincolns Inn SW2.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: 2 Lieut G.A. Arbuthnot, Gren. Gds. K. in A. 25.9.16.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 2 Lieut G.A. Arbuthnot, 2 Grenadier Gds. Date and Place of Death: 25.9.16. K. in A. To whom issued/Amount: Executors - Lieut. Col. Alan John Sykes M.P. and Col. Sir Godfrey V. Thomas Bart. C.B., D.S.O. (Jointly). £69 1s. 4d.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Lt G.A. Arbuthnot, Gren. Gds. Date and Place of Death: 25.9.16. K. in A. To whom issued/Amount: Executors - Lt. Col. Alan John Sykes M.P. and Sir Godfrey Vignoles Thomas Bt. (Jointly). £54 14s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for Gerald. Name(s) on card(s): Claimant: Mary Johanna Arbuthnot. Relationship to Man: Widow.

Gerald was killed in action during the Battles of the Somme, 1916, 1 July-18 November, at the Battle of Morval, 25-28 September.

Gerald is commemorated on a memorial at Holy Trinity with St Paul's Church, Brompton, Middlesex and on the Parliamentary War Memorial.

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Lieutenant Gerald Archibald ARBUTHNOT

Lieutenant Gerald Archibald ARBUTHNOT

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Grenadier Guards

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: Guards Division

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Forename(s): Gerald Archibald





Rank: Lt

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Battalion: 2nd Battalion


Died Date: 25/09/16

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War:

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Forename(s): Gerald Archibald

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Lieutenant

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Unit: 2nd Bn.

Age: 44


Died Date: 25/09/1916

Additional Information: Son of Gen. William Arbuthnot, C.B.; husband of Dulce Arbuthnot, of 27, Rutland Gate, Kensington, London. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


ARBUTHNOT William of Newlands house Tooting Surrey a major-general in Her Majesty’s army C.B. died 12 September 1893 Probate London 23 August to Hugh Gough Arbuthnot esquire. Effects £37214 19s. 9d.


ARBUTHNOT Gerald Archibald of 40 Great Cumberland place Hyde Park Middlesex second-lieutenant Grenadier Guards died 25 September 1916 in France on active service Probate London 18 January to Alan John Sykes M.P. and sir Godfrey Vignoles Thomas baronet brigadier-general. Effects £15851 17s. 10d.

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06 October 1916


Lieut. Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot, Grenadier Guards, was killed in action September 25th 1916. Lieut. G. A. Arbuthnot was the only son of the late Major-General W. Arbuthnot, C.B., and of Selina, daughter of Sir Thomas Moncrieff, Bart. He was born in 1872, and was educated privately, and on H.M.S. Britannia. From 1887 to 1891 he was a midshipman in the Royal Navy. Later he acted for nearly ten years as a private secretary to Mr. Walter Long, who during this period was successively President of the Board of Agriculture, President of the Local Government Board, and Chief Secretary for Ireland. On the eve of the election in January 1906, Mr. Arbuthnot was chosen as Conservative candidate for Burnley, and was only in the constituency three weeks before the polling day. He was unsuccessful by 324 votes. At the next general election in January 1910, Mr. Arbuthnot headed the poll by a majority of 95 over Mr. Maddison, Mr. H. M. Hyndman (Soc.) being the third candidate. In December of the same year, Mr. Arbuthnot was defeated by Mr. Philip Morrell, the present member. Subsequently, Mr. Arbuthnot became an active organiser for the Unionist party, and in this capacity spoke at political gatherings in Skipton. He founded the Lancashire Junior Unionist Association. Soon after the war broke out he joined the Royal Naval Reserve and was for several months on a mine-sweeper. About six months ago he transferred to the Army and secured a commission in the Grenadier Guards.


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