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VC586   Benjamin Handley Geary

BORN   29 June 1891

DIED   26 May 1976   AGE   84

VC Won    20-21 April 1915   AGE   23

Place VC Won   Hill 60, Zwarteleen, Belgium

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   Benjamin Handley Geary   No.      

VC Issue No.   586   Awards   VC   

Regiment   East Surrey Regiment, 4th Battalion attached to 1st Battalion, C Company


Now   Princess of Wales Royal Regiment

Rank VC Won   Second Lieutenant

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   Marylebone, London, England

Place Of Death   Niagra Hospital, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Buried/Location Ashes   St Mark's Church Cemetery, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Ontario, Canada


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   15 October 1915

VC Presented   9 December 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, St Mark's Church Cemetery, Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Ontario, Canada

P  Named on oak panel, All Saints Parish Church, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey

P  Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, South London

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Cross of Sacrifice, Glasneven Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, War Memorial, Victoria Square, St Helens, Lancashire

By The Way…

Attended the unveiling by HRH the Prince of Wales of the tomb of the Belgian Unknown Warrior, Brussels, April 1923

VC Held By

Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



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Thank you to Bill Sweeney and Robert Holloway for their headstone photos