Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Geoffrey Tomes

Photo of Geoffrey Tomes
House and time at Malvern: No 8, 1898 - 1901.

Regiment: 53rd Sikhs (I.A.).
Died: 09 August 1915 aged 31 in Turkey. Killed in action in Gallipoli.
Battle: Gallipoli Campaign. Cemetery: Helles Memorial P 263

Son of Colonel Tomes, Abbotsleigh, Bristol, b. 1884.
Modern III—Army I. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Lieutenant Unattached 1905; Indian Army 1906; Captain (53rd Sikhs) 1914; N.W. Frontier of India 1908, Medal with Clasp.
Great War, attached 5th Gurkha Rifles.

'The officer commanding another native regiment writes: "The whole of the officers of my regiment were killed or wounded, and he was sent up to take my place. He was really attached to the 1/5th and not to us, but we had nobody left, and the General thought someone must go up. He came to see me before he went out, and said that he would do his best to get the regiment safely out of the precarious position they were in. The regiments on the right and left had retired and left them greatly exposed. Within 10 minutes of getting up he was killed." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).