Geoffrey Woolley Claye, Lieutenant, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Died of wounds 29th March 1917 in Egypt, aged 23
Son of Maj. H. Sandford Claye and Mrs. A. G. Claye, of Elm House, Bollington Cross, Cheshire. Scholar and Graduate of Clare College, Cambridge.
Geoffrey Claye died of wounds at the Battle of Gaza on 29th March 1917, aged 23. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 13 April 1917:
Lieut Claye… was the only son of Major H S and Mrs Claye, Elm House, Bollington Cross, and had a brilliant scholastic career, passing from the Macclesfield Grammar School to Cambridge, where he obtained his B.A. degree. His studies were interrupted by the outbreak of war, and having been gazetted to a commission as lieutenant in the first line of the Cheshire Regiment (T.F.), he went out to the Dardanelles in September 1915, being transferred to Egypt upon the evacuation. he was only 23 years of age and an officer who was much liked by his men. His father, Major H S Claye, is with the Rifle Brigade in Egypt.
Lt Geoffrey Claye is buried in Grave Ref. F. 30. of the Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. His father asked for the words “SCHOLAR AND GRADUATE OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE” to be added to his headstone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Lt Geoffrey Claye.
Locally, Lt Geoffrey Claye is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, King’s School and Park Green Club war memorials, and the Bollington (Palmerston St, Parish Church and Roll of Honour) memorials. Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Cambridge (Perse School and Clare College Chapel) war memorials.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 13 April 1917