GEOFFERY MORGAN HOYLE 

Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Notts and Derby (Sherwood Foresters) Regiment Killed In Action Monday 9th August 1915 Age 21
Commemorated\Buried YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Grave\Panel Ref: Panel 39 and 41
Belgium
Geoffrey Morgan Hoyle was the youngest son of Edward Hoyle and was baptised in Knutsford on 8th August 1894. He entered Rugby School in 1908 and after leaving in 1913 studied languages in Berlin. He returned to Britain on 29th July 1914 immediately before the outbreak of war. He obtained a Commission with the Sherwood Foresters and went to France in March 1915. He was gazetted Lieutenant early in July. Shortly before the action in which he was killed he had been recommended for promotion to Captain. On 9th August 1915 he was leading a small party to attack a German trench when they were held up by a machine gun. According to the words of one of his men, "He deliberately risked his life to find out the position of this gun; he stepped to the top of our trench and immediately fell back, shot through the head. We lost one of the best officers we had". His body was never recovered after the war and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

Geoffrey's brother John Baldwin Hoyle was killed in action on the 1st July 1916


Cheshire County Memorial Project would like to thank Michael Akerman for this information on Geoffrey.
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