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Remembering a Local Soldier
Earlier this year a telephone call came through to the Parish Office from an eighty-six year old
lady presently living in Budleigh Salterton, Devon. The reason for the call was to check, in this
special memorial year, that there would be the usual Remembrance Service around the War
Memorial in Cirencester. Mrs. Wiltsher, the lady in question, went on to explain that her uncle,
Percy Geyton, was listed on the memorial, and in this very special year she would like to pay her
respects. She knew quite a lot about his family, his father was a wine merchant in Cricklade Street,
and the family had lived for some time in the Mead. She thought that Uncle Percy had been an
officer, and he was buried in the family grave in Chesterton Cemetery, but had little knowledge
The call was taken by Aileen Anderson, who is also the chairman of Cirencester Archaeological
and Historical Society (CAHS), and she was able to tell Mrs. Wiltsher that the Society was
researching information on all the names appearing on the memorial. Researchers, Linda Viner and
Dale Hjort were able to discover that Percy had been a 2nd Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps.
Aileen also passed this information on to her friend, Christopher Fear, a member of the Western
Front Association, who located the family grave, and placed a cross on it, as members of the
Association do for all graves containing war dead.
2nd Lieutenant Geyton had not died on the battlefield, in fact
when Mrs. Wiltsher arrived to spend the Remembrance
weekend in Cirencester, she brought with her a George V
half penny which was dented, having stopped a bullet aimed
at him. His parents must have been overjoyed when he
returned home to Cirencester. However, their joy was not to
last long, for a coin can sometimes stop a bullet, but it can’t
stop gas. Percy’s lungs were destroyed, and he died on 29th
July 1919 aged just 27 in the Memorial Hospital,
Cirencester. He was buried on 2nd August.
His father arranged for his name to be inserted later on to
the Memorial Plaque outside the Parish Church.
We were able to take Mrs Wiltsher to visit the grave, which
she is now arranging to be cleaned, and assure her that her
uncle 2nd Lieutenant Percy Geyton would continue to be
This article by Aileen Anderson is taken from Cirencester Parish Magazine
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Archaeological & Historical
We are always happy to see new members.
Do browse our site to see what we do. While
our main activity is our meetings, we have
other interests, such as our projects and the
publishing of short articles in our
Newsletters or even on line.
Our major activity this year was the WW1
Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15
August to 14 September, See the WW1 blog
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Our next meeting is on Wednesday 26th
November. This year’s programme is
available here .
Page last updated 29 October 2014
The archives have received a HLF grant to
help preserve past records, and are looking
for enthusiasts to help. Press Release
Commemorating The First World War
16th August – 14th September
Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester
Cirencester Historical and Archaeological Society
illustrated the impact of the First World
War on Cirencester and residents through
this retrospective exhibition. If you
visited the exhibition or not, do keep on
sending in your family notes if your
family had Cirencester connections
during that period.
Don’t forget that there are other exhibitions on in town
about WW1, The RAU Chapel exhibition runs until the year
end, and the Timeline in the Parish Church runs until 2018.
offers free e-books
As part of its 25th anniversary, CA has made
available a number of its publications that
are now out of print for free download as
photocopy pdf files. You can browse them,
and paid-for publications on their website.
The most notable might be “Cirencester-
Town and Landscape”, 1994 by Tim Darvill &
Take a look at their 25 highlights while you
are there. There are also job opportunities.
Cotswold Archaeology Seeks Your Help
This note has appeared before, but they still are looking
One project is based at our Kemble offices near
Cirencester and involves processing finds and paper
records from the 1960s-90s excavations at Crickley Hill
hillfort, readying them for deposition with the National
Trust so that they will be available for study, with the
ultimate aim of facilitating full publication of the site,
although that is beyond the scope of our project. This
work is ongoing, Mon-Fri. 0830-1600.
The second project will be based at the Gloucestershire
Archives premises off Alvin Street, Gloucester and will
involve processing finds and paper records from a
number of important excavations undertaken by Glos
City Council in the 1980s/90s, with the aim of depositing
this material at Gloucester City Museum and making it
available for future study. This work will start on Tues
14th Oct and will be undertaken every Tues/Weds from
0930-1600 for the next c. 6 months.
Jon Hart 01285 772617