Major, Royal Field Artillery
Born: January 8th 1884
Died: April 2nd 1918
Age at Death: 34
Killed in action, France, April 2nd 1918
Son of Frederick Neame of Macknade, Herbert River, Queensland.
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of his soldier by Miriam Blanchard, lower school.
A further donation has been made by Arya Chanda.
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this solider by a Fenwick House leaver 2016.
Major Geoffrey Neame MC (Junior House 1893-97)
Geoffrey Neame was born on January 8th 1884 in Faversham, Kent. He was the eldest son and first child, among six, of Frderick Neame, a land agent and farmer, and his wife Kathleen (nee Stunt). He was the paternal 1st cousin of Gerald Tassel Neame and the maternal first cousin of the Belchers. After leaving school Neame went to Cheltenham College and thereafter joined his father as a farmer in Kent.
Shortly after the outbreak of war he received a commission in the Royal Field Artillery and later served in France as part of the 190th Brigade RFA attached to the 41st Division, one of the later ‘New Army’ divisions which moved to France in May 1916, briefly moving to the Italian Front in November 1917 and then fought in France from March 1918 onwards. While serving with the brigade he was awarded the Military Cross in March 1918, for his actions some moths earlier when he personally put out a fire in an ammunition pit which had been caused by enemy shelling. IN March and early April 1918 Neame’s unit was heavily engaged in repulsing the Ludendorff Offensive and it was there that he was killed in action due to enemy shelling near Bucquoy, Artois, France.
His grave lies in Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Arras, France.
Source: LEST WE FORGET Project, Brighton College 2014-15