The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lieutenant G G Samuel


Lieutenant Gerald George SAMUEL, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action, Messines, Belgium, 7th June 1917, age 31.

6th May 1886, born Marylebone, London, son of Lord and Lady Bearsted, (Marcus Samuel Bearsted & Fanny Elizabeth Benjamin), 3, Hamilton Place, Piccadilly, London.

15th July 1909, Girdlers Hall - "These are to certify that Gerald George Samuel, of 3, Hamilton Place, London W Merchant was this Day made Free of the Worshipful Company of Girdlers , by Redemption." Signed by Master & wardens.

15th July 1909 - "I Gerald George Samuel, son of Sir Marcus Samuel of 3, Hamilton Place, Westminster, Alderman of the City of London occupying premises 3, Hamilton Place, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster and carrying on the business of a merchant do hereby apply to be admitted to the Freedom of the City by redemption, in the company of Girdlers of London, in pursuance of the Resolutions of the Court of Common Council of the 17th March , 1835, 13th July 1848, 6th October 1856, 22nd January 1857, 18th June 1890, and 17th January 1907 and Court of Alderman 6th February 1866 and 14th May 1867, or some of one of the said Resolutions: and I hereby declare that I am not an Alien, and that I am above the age of 21 years."

21st September 1909 - "A Court of Mayor and Aldermen holden in the Inner Chamber of the Guildhall of the City of London, on Tuesday 21st September 1909, and in the 9th year of the reign of EDWARD VII, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, KING, &c. THIS DAY Mr Chamberlain having presented unto the Court Gerald George Samuel to be made free of this city. IT IS ORDERED, That the said Gerald George Samuel be admitted into the freedom of this City by Redemption in the Company of Girdlers."

Forgotten Poets of the First World War -

Gerald was born in Marylebone, London, UK on 6th May 1886.  His parents were Marcus Samuel, first Viscount Bearsted and his wife, Fanny Elizabeth Samuel, nee Benjamin, Viscountess Bearsted.  Gerald’s father ran an import company, trading with the Far East and set up the Shell Transport and Trading Company. Gerald had the following siblings - Walter Horace Samuel, 2nd Viscount Bearsted; Nellie Samuel (married name Ionides) and Ida Marie Samuel (married name Sebag-Montefiore).  Educated at Eton College, Gerald travelled to Japan, Canada and the United States in 1912.

During the First World War, Gerald was turned down twice when he applied to join the Army, due to defective eyesight.  However, he was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment and posted to the Western Front, where he was wounded twice. Gerald was killed leading his men during the Battle of Messines on 7th June 1917.  At the time of his death, he held the rank of Lieutenant.  He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium, panel 45 and 47, at Willesden Cemetery in London and at Eton College.

Gerald devoted his life to the welfare of working lads in the East End of London, and had a Home for Orphans built - The Samuel and Myer Home. On his death Gerald bequeathed the house and £10,000 for its maintenance to the Jewish Board of Guardians.

4th May 1916, posted BEF.

The Jewish Chronicle

30th October 1917, Probate - Gerald George Samuel of Talivera Barracks, Aldershot, Hampshire, and of Shell House, Bishopsgate, London. Died 8th June 1917 in France. Administration (with will) London 30th October to Theobald Brabazon Ponsonby, gentleman. Effects £117, 876 16s 7d.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panel 45 and 47, Belgium.

London Gazette 28th December 1915.

Gerald George Samuel to be temporary-Second Lieutenant. Dated 27th October,1915.

London Gazette 11th July 1917.

Royal West Kent Regiment. - The under mentioned temporary Second Lieutenants  to be temporary Lieutenants:

G. G. Samuel.  - 17 May 1917.

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