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Hugh William Littleton Geach

 
 
 

Born 2nd April 1895. He survived the war and it was his brother Arthur Simpson Geach who died. A case of mistaken identity.

He was educated at Blundells from September 1905, until the Summer of 1914.

Above image of Hugh William Littleton Geach in Blundells School Cricket 1st XI 1912. Courtesy of Blundells School.

Above image of Hugh William Littleton Geach in Blundells School Rugby XV 1912-13. Courtesy of Blundells School.

Above image of Hugh William Littleton Geach in Blundells School Cricket 1st XI 1913. Courtesy of Blundells School.

Above image of Hugh William Littleton Geach in Blundells School Rugby XV 1913-14. Courtesy of Blundells School.

Above image of Hugh William Littleton Geach in Blundells School Cricket 1st XI 1914 captain. Courtesy of Blundells School.

from The Blundellian, April 1914
Characters of the 1st XV - H.W. Littleton-Geach (13st) - starting with the distinction of having played full back for Somerset, he has had a very disappointing season; owing to indifferent health, he hardly showed his best form, and has not played at all this term. Naturally a powerful, though rather erratic, kick, and a good tackler.

from The Blundellian, July 1914
Characters of the 1st XI - H.W. Littleton-Geach (capt.) - Thoughtful, keen, sensible captain. It is a pity that ill-health has prevented him showing his powers this year. Has shown at odd times what he would be able to do if allowed to play.

from The Blundellian, November 1914
H.W. Littleton-Geach - 1st XI 1911-4; 2nd XV 1911, 1st XV 1912-3; played back for Somerset in 1912 vs Middlesex and Monmouth, and in 1913 vs. Hampshire.
note - one of a rare bunch to gain county caps while still at school.

from The Blundellian, April 1915
Played for South Wales Borderers vs. Blundell's School on February 20th 1915.

BackRow (L-R): W.S.Donne (President), E.Clarke, D.Fisher, R.Washer, A.J.Spriggs (Bridgwater), A.Vickery, W.Littleton Geach (Clifton), W.S.Growtage, G.A.Roberts (Vice Pres.). Sitting: W.J.Gibbs (Weston-super-Mare), P.Beard (Taunton), P.P.Hope (Bridgwater), V.H.M.Coates (Bath), R.Dibble (Captain) (Bridgwater), A. Blanchard, W.F.Warde (Bath), J.Billings. On Ground: J.Jarvis, S.Woodley.

Above the Somerset side that played Monmouth on 6th March 1913 at Newport with William Littleton Geach

Above a close-up of Little Geach from that Somerset side.

Cambrai Memorial at Louverval where his brothers name is listed. He was killed in the Battle of Cambrai, 23rd November 1917.

Above his brother, Arthur Simpson Littleton Geach.

In The Times on 28th September 1918 the engagement of Captain Hugh Littleton-Geach to Enid Grace Oliveria was announced. She was from Knole Lea. Bournemouth.

On 15th June 1925 he was married to Phyllis Marjorie Atwood Beaver at St. Marks Church, North Audley Street, Mayfair, London by the Rev. W. Pennyman.

Above St. Marks Church, North Audley Street, Mayfair, London. It fell into into disuse in 1973. The church is grade 1 listed and is in the process of being restored.

On 11th January 1939 Captain H W Littleton Geach attended the Old Blundellian Club London Dinner at the Trocado Restaurant.

On 3rd December 1944 Major H W Littleton Geach led a detachment of 18th (Saltash) Battalion of the Devon Home Guard. This ceremony in Plymouth was to bring to an end the existance of the Home Guard.

In The Times on 9th April 1952 the engagement of their daughter, Margaret, and Robert John Walker of Stonewick, Warninglid, Sussex was announced. The Littleton-Geach's were living at Barwood Lea, Blandford, Dorset. They were married on 27th September 1952 at the Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, EC2. The church of St. Bartholomew the Great has been used in several films, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Non-wedding No. 4, at ‘St Julian’s’, the church where Charles has second thoughts, is St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield, hidden away behind its gatehouse. The interior can also be seen in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, where it stands in for ‘Nottingham Cathedral’ and in Neil Jordan's The End of the Affair.

They also had a son John.

His wife, Phyllis Margaret Littleton-Geach (nee Beaver) died on 2nd June 1967 in hospital.

He died in October 1974 in Wimborne Minster, Dorset.