Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph

Born: 8th January 1887, Hong Kong, China.
Died: 9th October 1917; age 30.

First Enlistment Details: Location: Victoria, British Columbia; Date: 12th April 1915; Occupation: Surveyor; Age: 28 years & 3 months; Religion: CofE. Next of Kin; wife – Mrs G.C. Blandy, of 141, Beachwood Avenue, Victoria, B.C. Height: 5ft 8ins, fair complexion, blue eyes & fair hair.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 430937;

Regiment: Canadian Expeditionary Force, Canadian Engineers, 3rd Pioneer Battalion.

Enlistment Address: ‘Alcescot’, 74, Corder Road, Ipswich.

Rank: Captain.

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regiment, 4th Battalion attached to 2nd Battalion.

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

Memorial Reference:
Panel 23 to 28 & 163A.
Tyne Cot Memorial,


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late Col. William Poyntz Blandy R.A. & Nina Elizabeth Swinnerton (nee Dyer); husband of Beatrice Fanny Blandy, of Armthwaite, Metchosin, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.






1901   Albert Memorial College, Middle-Class School, Framlingham , Suffolk.

Gerald was 14 years old and a pupil at Framlingham College.


From 1900 – 1902 Gerald attended Framlingham College .


Gerald’s father was William Poyntz Blandy, born 1846, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire – died January 1921, ‘Inglewood’, Belgrave Road, Torquay, Devon, late of  ‘Alvescot’, 74, Corder Road, Ipswich.
Gerald’s mother was Nina Elizabeth Swinnerton Dyer born 1853, Grouville, Jersey, Channel Islands – died 1896, Eccleshall Bierlow, Sheffield, Yorkshire.



On the 8th April 1906, 19 year old, Gerald departed from the port of Liverpool, travelling on board the ‘Victorian’ of the Allan Line. Master A. Macnicoll. Destination the port of Philadephia, U.S.A.
In 1906 Gerald was recorded in the Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic & Pacific Seaports 1904 – 1944. He was 19 years old, his arrival country was the U.S.A.

Gerald continued his journey arriving at Halifax, Nova Scotia on the 13th April 1906 his intended destination was Calgary as a Farmer – Labourer.

On the 11th April 1908, Gerald was 21 years & 2 months old, a Student, arriving at New York, New York. He had departed from the port of Liverpool and travelled on the ‘Baltic’ of the White Star Line, Master J.B. Ransom. His destination was Hemet, Calgary. Next of Kin – Col. W.P. Blandy, 28, Fonnereau Road, Ipswich.

On the 13th May 1912, 25 year old Gerald departed from the Port of Liverpool on board the ‘Laurentic’. As a returning Canadian, he arrived at Quebec on the 19th May 1912 from Vancouver, B.C. of 2 years.

On the 13th May 1914, 27 year old Gerald, a Clerk, departed from the Port of Liverpool on board the ‘Virginian’ of the Allan Line – destination Quebec, Canada.


On the 9th April 1915, at Metchosin, British Columbia, Canada, Gerald married Beatrice Fanny Skelton, born August 1881, Wednesday, Staffordshire.

Beatrice had immigrated in 1912, following her parents, Benjamin & Mary Ann Skelton who had immigrated in 1907. Beatrice remained living with her parents in Canada after the death of Gerald.


Gerald’s medals were sent to Mrs. G.C. Blandy of ‘The Mount’ Metchosin, Vancouver, Island, British Columbia, Canada on the 23rd October 1922. Alternate Address – c/o Col. W.P. Blandy, 74, Corder Road, Ipswich.


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