Major Geoffrey Frank Walton

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

Geoffrey was born on 26th February 1868. His parents were Frank Walton, a landscape artist and Sophia (nee Flower).  He was the eldest of three children; Dorothy born in 1870 and Christopher born in 1871. His family lived in Hurtwood Cottage in Holmbury St. Mary.

Geoffrey attended Lancing College and then Cambridge University. His military career started with the Worcester Regiment, where he served as a Second Lieutenant. He then transferred to the Army Service Corps, where he rose to the rank of Major. He served in the Boer war between 1898 and 1901 and retired in 1906.

Geoffrey married Mary Gertrude Aikin-Smith in Buckinghamshire on 29th March 1894. They had one son; Geoffrey Thomas he was born in 1902 and sadly died in 1903.

In 1917, Geoffrey came out of retirement and re-joined the Army Service Corps as Major. The War Office daily lists of 22nd April 1918 show that he suffered gas poisoning.

After the First World War, he spent time in Ceylon and then returned to England. He died on 26th January 1926 having never fully recovered from the effects of gas poisoning. He was 57.

Son of Frank and Sophia (nee Flower) Walton of Hurtwood Cottage, Holmbury St. Mary
Husband of Mary Gertrude Aikin-Smith
Father of Geoffrey Thomas
Regiment Army Service Corps
Date of Death 26th January 1926
Place of Death Holmbury St. Mary, Surrey
Cause of Death Died from complications of gas poisoning
Age 57
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