Captain Lawrence Gjers


Captain Lawrence Gjers

Middlesbrough, Middlesbrough Unitary Authority, North Yorkshire, England
Death 4 Oct 1917 (aged 25)
Passchendaele, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium
Memorial Site* Zonnebeke, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen), Belgium

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot Panel 132 to 135 and 162A.
Memorial ID 11947837 View Source

Aged 25

3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.
Seaforth Highlanders

Son of Anne Gatenby Gjers, O.B.E., of Busby Hall, Stokesley, Yorks., and the late Lawrence Farrar Gjers.
Second son of ironmaster Lawrence Farrar Gjers and Anne Gatenby Fidler, daughter of alderman and mayor of Middlesbrough Isaac Fidler.

He was educated at Charterhouse School, Surrey, where he was a noted sportsman. Records show that he played in the cricket and football teams. As a bowler, Lawrence is on record taking wickets for Charterhouse against Westminster School and Wellington College in 1909 and 1911. From Charterhouse he went on to Trinity College Cambridge in 1912. His love of sport continued and he played in the University Association Football Club.

He joined the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps in January 1912. After the onset of war he was marked out for leadership and responsibility. On 1st June, 1915, he was commissioned Lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders.
Captain Gjers was attached to the 2nd battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders, and dispatched to the Front during the 3rd Battle of Ypres (the Passchendaele offensive) and was reported missing in action on October 4th 1917 at the Battle of Broodseinde, during fighting close to the Laudetbeek Marsh.

His mother placed a notice in the Liverpool Echo on 26th October 1917: “Seaforth Highlanders. Would any officer or soldier back from the front and any information they have regarding Captain Lawrence Gjers 2nd Seaforth reported missing October 4 to Mrs Gjers, Busby Hall, Northallerton, Yorks, who will be most grateful.”

[This is the actual wording of the notice as printed, but probably should have read 'send' rather than 'and']
It was later confirmed that Captain Gjers had been killed. He left over £1000 in effects (probate London 1920).

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