Monday, 14 April 2014

A face from our WW1 project

Vyvyan W.G. Capt.

William Geoffrey Vyvyan, born 21 Jan 1876, the sixth. son of the Rev Herbert Francis Vyvyan, rector of Withiel, Cornwall, and his wife Augusta Clara, and husband to Mary Vyvyan, of St. Margaret’s, West Runton, Cromer, Norfolk. He was a Lt (26/5/97) Falmouth Div. Submarine Miners, RE (Militia) until granted a regular commission and was gazetted 2/Lt (24/6/99) to the RWF. He served with the 2nd Bn in the China and was present at the Relief of Pekin in 1900. Was promoted Lt (28/5/02) and Capt (1/4/09), then appointed Adjt of the 5th (TF) Bn Oct 1910. At the outbreak of war, he was serving with the 1st Bn and embarked for France in early Oct 1914. Was at the battle of Langemarck and reported missing 21 Oct 1914, then later reported wounded and taken prisoner. Died in enemy hands 24 Oct 1914 age 38. He left a young widow and four small children. Buried Bedford House Cemy Enclosure No.4 Ypres (Droogenbroodhoek Cem) Belgium. His medal group, consisting of China 1900 RoP 1914 Star Bar BWM VM are held in the Regimental Museum.

With thanks to Mr John Tyler

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