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Oliver Brooks Geary

In memory of:

Private Oliver Brooks Geary

November 6, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

802994

Age:

33

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

3rd Battalion

Additional Information


Born:

March 25, 1884

Son of Mary Geary, of 339 Hill St., London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 242 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


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Grave Reference:

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Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of OLIVER BROOKS GEARY– Pte Oliver Geary appears in the December 1918 issue of The Christmas Echo published in London Ontario -- And in the Morning
  • Photo of OLIVER BROOKS GEARY– Courtesy and with permission  of the the Geary family.
  • Post Card– Post card home to family one month before his death.

Courtesy and with permission  of the the Geary family.
  • Medal– Memorial Cross
  • Medal– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Medal– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Memorial– Private Oliver Brooks Geary is remembered on this memorial which is located in London, Ontario.
  • Photo 2 of Memorial
  • Photo 3 of Memorial
  • Commemorative Inscription
  • Closer view of the Memorial
  • War Memorial– Geary appears on the WW1 Honour Roll of Wellington Street United Church, London, Ontario. This church is now closed and its congregation is part of Rowntree Memorial United. Geary's given name is spelled Oliva on the Memorial.
  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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