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  • This photo of Geoffrey Charles Harryman was first published in the 'Retfordian' magazine.
Courtesy of John Plamer
Person Details
22 Apr 1892
Sheffield
Geoffrey was born on 22nd April 1892 in Sheffield and was the son of Charles, the managing director of a brewery firm, and Mary Harryman of "Springfield," Holly Road, Retford. Charles was originally from Kent and must have some point lived in Sheffield where Geoffrey was born. He had an elder brother Frank. In the 1911 census the family are shown as living at Springfield, Holly Road, Retford, as this time Geoffrey is 18 years of age and working as a bank clerk.
He attended King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford
08 Aug 1916
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514981 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
Manchester Regiment
Geoffrey at first served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He enlisted on 15th May 1915 and became a leading seaman in the Royal Naval Division with number Tyneside Z/4519. However, he was discharged from the Navy on 11th September 1915 in order to take up a temporary commission in the army where he became a second lieutenant and eventually lieutenant and served with the 16th battalion Manchester Regiment. He died from wounds on 8th August 1916 and is buried in St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France grave reference officers A 7.6.
Nottingham Evening Post, 11 August 1916: ‘Died of Wounds. Lieutenant G Harryman. Mr Harryman of Holly-road, Retford, yesterday received intimation from the War Office that his son Geofrey (sic) a lieutenant in the Manchesters, had died in hospital from wounds.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) The following article is taken from the 'In memoriam' section of the 'Retfordian' magazine which was an in house publication of the King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford :- Geoff Harryman had been in France only a fortnight when he received a shell wound in the thigh. At first there seemed to be an excellent chance of recovery, but bronchitis and other troubles set in, and although he made a brave struggle against the complications of the case, he died on August 6th. Ian Clark, who was in the next bed, arranged for a wreath in the name of the old school to be placed upon his coffin. Harryman first joined the Royal Naval Division and afterwards transferred to the Manchester's. He had a happy knack of making himself both loved and respected by all who knew him.
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  • This photo of Geoffrey Charles Harryman was first published in the 'Retfordian' magazine.
Courtesy of John Plamer
    Geoffrey Charles Harryman - This photo of Geoffrey Charles Harryman was first published in the 'Retfordian' magazine. Courtesy of John Plamer