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VC715   Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather

BORN   11 October 1890

DIED   2 July 1916   AGE   25

VC Won   1 July 1916   AGE   25

Place VC Won   South of Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1916

Name   Geoffrey St. George Shillington Cather   No.      POSTHUMOUS

VC Issue No.   715   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Royal Irish Rifles, 9th Battalion


Now   Royal Irish Regiment

Rank VC Won   Temporary Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Temporary Lieutenant

Place Of Birth   Christchurch Road, Streatham Hill, London, England

Place Of Death   South of Beaumont Hamel, Somme, France

Buried/Location Ashes   Named on Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, 5 miles north east of Albert, Somme, France. (Location unknown, buried where he fell)


Date Buried/Cremated   2 July 1916

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Pier 15, Face A

Gazetted   9 September 1916

VC Presented   31 March 1917 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England to his mother, Margaret Matilda


P  Named On Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

P  Named On War Memorial, Limpsfield Village Stores, Limpsfield, Surrey

P  Named On War Memorial, Churchyard, Limpsfield, Surrey

P  Named On War Memorial, St Peters Church, Limpsfield, Surrey

P  Named On War Memorial, Hazelwood School, Limpsfield, Surrey

P  Named On War Memorial, School Chapel, Rugby School, Rugby, Warwickshire

Name On Regimental Memorial, St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland

P  Memorial, Outside British Legion, Portadown, Armagh, Northern Ireland

P  Named On Memorial Stone, The Ulster Tower, Thiepval, Somme, France

By The Way…

His Father was a partner in Joseph Tetley & Co and he worked there for a while before the war

VC Held By

Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum, Sovereign's House, Mall East, Armagh, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland



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The First World War

Thank you to Rusty Maclean, Rugby School

Thank you to Richard Edgar for the Portadown photos and the photos from the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum in Armagh

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