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Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Charles Shakerley, DSO

Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps
Killed in Action, Richebourg l'Avoue, France and Flanders, 15th May 1915 aged 46

  • Buried: Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave II.D.8
  • Awarded 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of Capt Geoffrey Joseph and Emma Shakerley [nee Butler] of Weddington Hall
  • Husband of Marjory Rosa Bayley Shakerley [nee Harvey]. Married 24 Jan 1905 in London
  • Brother of 2nd Lt Arthur Cecil Shakerley and Capt Eric Piers Shakerley
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Weddington
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Military, Census and Family History Information

  • Born Oct Qtr 1869 at Southsea, Hants
  • Attended Picton, Wellington College 1883 to 1887
  • Attended Sandhurst, colours in football team
  • Lived as a boarder (Pupil) at Woodcote House, S Stoke, Oxon [1881]
  • Lived at Grove Park Mansion, Budbrooke [1901]
  • Lived at 14 Charlton Road, Blackheath, London [1911]
  • Lived at Weddington Hall [1915 Probate Record]
  • Officer in British Army [1911]
  • Gazetted to 2nd Lieutenant 1890; Lt 1893; Captain 1898; Major 1907

    Lt Col Shakerley Military History
    He served with the Mounted Infantry in the South African War, 1899 to 1902, taking part in operations in Natal in 1899, including action at Rietfontein and Lombard's Kop; defence of Ladysmith, including action of 6 January 1900; operations in Natal, March to June 1900, including action at Laing's Nek; operations in Orange River Colony 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901], and received the Queen's Medal with five clasps. 

    He served in Somaliland (with Mounted Infantry), 1902—4, being present in the action at Jidballi; was severely wounded; mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 7 August 1903], and in Despatches of Brigadier General Manning, 17 August 1903, and Sir O C Egerton, 30 May 1904 [London Gazette, 2 September 1904]; received the Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 6 September 1904]: "Geoffrey Charles Shakerley, Captain, King's Royal Rifle Corps.  In recognition of services during the operations in Somaliland
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