Wise, George Edward Foster. Died 4th Jun 1916

George Edward Foster Wise   was born in Rugby according to various census. His birth was registered in Rugby registration district in June quarter 1895.

He was the son of Thomas Arnold Wise and Fanny Estelle Shortland. Thomas Arnold was born in Sidney Australia and his wife in India and the marriage took place in the Isle of Wight in September quarter 1891. According to the 1901 census GEF Wise is aged 5, born Rugby.  He was at home in the school “Oakfield”, run by his father at 21 Bilton Road, Rugby

In the 1911 census he was at St Bees School, Cumberland College aged 15 born Rugby, Warwickshire.

On the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment with the rank of Lieutenant and was posted to the 2/7 battalion.

The CWGC states that Lieut George Edward Foster Wise was killed in action on 4 June 1916 aged 21 and is commemorated at N22 in Cambrin Churchyard extension , on the Memorial Gates in Rugby and on the Oakfield memorial in St Matthew’s Church, Rugby

Medal Roll states that George Edward Foster Wise a Lieutenant in the 2/7th Battn Royal Warwickshire Reg died 04/06/1916 aged 21 buried grave N22 Cambrin Churchyard Extension.

No entries found at Kew in Service record or army lists

Rugby Advertiser of June 10th 1916 gives the following details:

General sympathy will be felt with Mr and Mrs T A Wise, of Oakfield, in the news received this week that their second son, Lieut G E F Wise, Warwicks, was killed by a shell on June 5th. Lieut Wise, who was 21 years of age in April last, was a charming young fellow, and very popular with all the officers and men of his battalion, a fact which was testified to by the letter from the commanding officer announcing his death. He had a distinguished scholastic career. He gained a scholarship in St Bees’ School, Cumberland, an exhibition in history to Lincoln College, Oxford, and he also won a school exhibition from St Bees’ to Oxford. He obtained a commission in the Warwicks in December, 1914, and was killed within a week of being drafted abroad.





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