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Geoffrey Raymond Palmer

Date of Birth

30 August 1888


Borough Road College


Teacher at Battersea, Mantua Street, C.S.

Service number


WW1 rank

Second Lieutenant

West Riding Regiment

Theatre of war


Date of death

29 July 1916


Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France (Grave/Memorial reference: Pier and Face 6A and 6B)


Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Raymond Palmer was the son of James and Katherine Palmer, and was a member of his local Young Men’s Association before attending Borough Road College. He graduated the college with an Intermediate Science London. He is listed as being destined for a school in Battersea. He was a maths lecturer at Merchant Ventures School in connection with the University Bristol. Palmer enlisted in September 1914 in the Gloucestershire Regiment and subsequently commissioned into the 10th Battalion West Riding Regiment. He was 28 when he was killed by a grenade on 29 July 1916 while leading his men in a charge on his first day in action.


Entry on p.86 [Roll of Honour page], Mentioned on Framed Borough Road College Roll of Honour, Borough Road College 1906 applications, Secondary source information provided by Douglas Craik (taken from Commonwealth War Graves Commission), 1910 Annual Report, The O.B.’s War Hum and Roll of Service (1918, 4th Edition)