1. Memorial:Euston Road Cemetery Colincamps
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.115
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour13C GQS

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Early Life :

3rd son of John Lilley and Sophia C. Anthony, of 24, Kimbolton Rd., Bedford. In 1891, Gerald was living with brothers Everand P (18), John R. (12), together with Aunt Florence and two servants Jane and Clara. It appears from the census that Grandparent was living next door at 26.

In 1991, Gerald and Dorothy were living at Bank Crescent, Ledbury in Hertfordshire. Also resident with them was a general servant - Edith Mary Dance.

Married Dorothy Gladys Smith on the 7th October 1907.

1912 saw the birth of their only son, John Victor Caldecott Anthony.

Family :

Dorothy Gladys b.1889 d.1981 - nee Smith
John Victor Caldecott b. 23rd December 1912. Awarded the OBE and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chartered Surveyors.

Education & Career :

Auctioneer (1905)
Listed in the London Gazette of 4th May 1915 as promoted to a Valuer, Junior or Third Class in the Inland Revenue.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 23rd (Service) Battalion (1st Sportsman's) Royal Fusiliers 

23rd (Service) Battalion (1st Sportsman's) Formed at the Hotel Cecil in the Strand, London, on 25 September 1914 by Mrs E.Cunliffe-Owen. Initially known as the "Hard as Nails Battalion". Moved to Hornchurch in Essex. June 1915 : came under command of 99th Brigade, 33rd Division. Landed at Boulogne in November 1915. 25 November 1915 : transferred with Brigade to 2nd Division.

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

Enlisted at Hereford. Regimental No. PS/10689 Lance Corporal, 23/Royal Fusiliers, C Coy. The battalion history says September was spent in the Hebuterne sector, and October saw many moves. Starting with Coieneux (Basin Wood) the Battalion was at the Redan (Serre sector), Mailly-Maillet (where the church, it will be remembered, had been protected by means of fascines), Raincheval, and Acheux Wood, where the rail-head and the factory with its tall chimney were bombed heavily from the air and shelled by the German heavies. This ties in with Gerald ANTHONY's burial at Colincamps. Source; History of the 23rd Royal Fusiliers

Killed in Action on the 16th September 1916

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Eastnor No. 751 E.C.Herefordshire

17th May 1905
15th October 1905
15th November 1905

Discrepancies (Require checks, clarity or further research) :

The record of the United Grand Lodge of England shows "Killed in Action 1917"

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