Geoffrey is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Images and extra information courtesy of Mrs J Wells St. Olave’s Grammar School


Born: 16th July 1891, Ipswich.

Died: 28th December 1915; age 24; KiA near Ypres when a shell fell into his trench, killing him and two companions.

Residence: Barnes, S.W.

Employed: Prudential Assurance Company.

Enlistment Location: Westminster, London; Date: April 1915.

Date of Entry Therein: 18th November 1915 – France.

In about the middle of December 1915, Geoffrey was slightly wounded, but within a week he was back in the trenches where the end came.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 4084.

Regiment: London Regiment, 16th (County of London) Battalion, Queen’s Westminster Rifles. “C” Company


Grave Reference:


Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Lilian Schooling, of 84, Fellows Road, Hampstead, London, and the late Henry Schooling; husband of Violet Schooling, of 61, Sydney Road, West Ealing, London.




1901   9, Rona Road, St. Pancras, London.


Geoffrey was 9 years old and living with his parents, siblings & widowed, paternal grandmother.

Henry Schooling, 54, a Traveller – Confectionary, born Dalston, London.

(Lilian) Elizabeth May Schooling (nee Robinson), 34, a School Secretary, born Dublin, Ireland.

Marjorie Amy Schooling, 14, born Battersea, London.

Terence Holt Schooling, 12, born Battersea.

Harriet Maria Schooling, 80, Living on own Means, born Stepney, London.

1 general domestic servant.


1911   6, Acris Street, Wandsworth, London.


Geoffrey was 19 years old, an Insurance Clerk – Prudential Assurance Company. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Lilian, 45, an Organiser – N.S.P.C.C.

Marjorie, 24.

Terence, 22, an Insurance Clerk – London &  Lancashire Fire Insurance Company.


Geoffrey was educated at St. Olave’s Grammar School, Goddington Lane, Orpington, Kent, entered 1903 – leaving 1906. During his time at the school, Geoffrey was described as quiet and unassuming, with a gentleness and wistfulness about him. In 1904, Geoffrey broke his arm, but showed much pluck in not having a day’s absence. His school reports read that although always Very Good/Excellent in conduct, he was unable to keep his mind on his work, with little interest or energy in any subject except Literature.

Geoffrey was educated at St. Olave’s Grammar School, London.

(second in, on top right row.)

The Olavian Fallen

St. Olave’s Grammar School War Memorial.

Not long after leaving St. Olave’s Grammar School, Geoffrey went into the Prudential, holding a responsible position. In 1913, he began to write stories for boys, his last story was published in 1915. He was anxious to enlist when war broke out, but was held back at first by home ties; but he had no happiness till he carried out his intention by joining the Queen’s Westminster Rifles, in May 1915. In his first letter from Richmond he writes of his enjoyment of the life.

Taken from The Ovavian magazine – obituary entry – vol xxi.pp32.


On the 19th July 1913, at St. Anne’s Church, Wandsworth, 22 year old, Geoffrey, a Clerk, of  35, Moore Park Road, Fulham,  married 22 year old, Violet Mabel Smith, of 29, High Street, Wandsworth, born September 1890, Petersfield, Hampshire.


Soldiers’ Effects to Violet Schooling – widow.


Geoffrey is remembered on the St. Olave’s Grammar School war memorial in the Great Hall, and on the school’s web-site titled ‘Olavian Fallen’


1/16th (County of London) Battalion (Queen’s Westminster Rifles)
04.08.1914 Stationed at Buckingham Gate as part of the 4th London brigade of the 2nd London Division and then moved to Hemel Hempstead.
Nov 1914 Mobilised for war and embarked for France leaving the 2nd London Division and arriving at Havre.
12.11.1914 Transferred to the 18th Brigade of the 6th Division and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
The actions on the Aisne heights.
The action at Hooge.

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