REMEMBRANCE DISPATCH NO. 13 HAS BEEN POSTED IN HOUSES TO COMMEMORATE GEOFFREY BOOTHBY (SCHOOL HOUSE 1909-1913) WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION THIRTY FEET UNDER BELGIUM ON 28TH APRIL 1916.
Charles Geoffrey Boothby, known as Geoffrey, joined School House at the start of the Easter Term 1909. He quickly gained academic prizes and was a promising sportsman, winning events in the Athletic Sports as well as a place in the 1st XV. He was also a keen photographer.
After leaving school, Geoffrey studied at the Medical School in Birmingham, Geoffrey. He enlisted soon after war was declared and on Christmas Eve 1914 he was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the South Staffordshire Regiment.
While at the front, Geoffrey exchanged letters and poems with Edith Ainscow, the sister of a friend. The letters were discovered after Edith’s death in 1990 and published by her son, Arthur Stockwin, in a small volume that told the story of their “affair of letters”, Thirty-odd Feet Under Belgium.
Leaving for the front in July 1915, he wrote to her that he was “jolly lucky” to be going to France rather than be posted at home. He entered the trenches in the same month and undertook a short course to train as a mining officer with the Royal Engineers, taking part in defensive actions underground.
On 18th December 1915, Geoffrey celebrated his 21st birthday in the trenches and in the following January he was transferred to the 177th Tunnelling Company. On April 28th 1916 he was working below ground in a shaft 4 feet 6 inches wide and 2 feet 3 inches high. At 7.45am the enemy blew a camouflet, an underground explosion that did not break the surface.
With two other men, Second Lieutenant Charles Geoffrey Boothby was killed about thirty feet underground. His body was never recovered. He is remembered at Railway Wood near Hooge in Belgium and at the Lochnagar Crater as well as on the Christ College War Memorial.
After training hard over the summer break with the Welsh Sailing Squad, Emelia Tinch ( Yr 11) has been selected to become part of the Welsh National Laser Squad. With this selection she can now compete at national level. Well done Emelia!Read on
After winning the UK Pony Club Championships in the summer , Oliver and the Monmouthshire Mounted Games team set their sights on the Prince Philip Cup at the Horse of the Year Show, which took place at the Birmingham NEC October 6-10th. The UK Pony…Read on
17 pupils represented Christ College at the Welsh Schools Skiing Champs at Llangrannog Ski Centre. last weekend. The Primary school event had 52 entries, 27 girls and 25 boys. The event comprised of registered and unregistered ski racers, the registered children being club skiers….Read on
Pupils Ben, Bea, Rosie and Floss are making their mark in Wales Hockey. All are involved in Regional Performance Centres, which is the phase of the Wales programme that takes place at this time of the season. Wales squads are selected from the Regional Performance…Read on
Year 9 violinist, Kurumi , had a fantastic opportunity over the weekend after being selected to take part in a Baroque workshop led by renowned violinist, Rachel Podger. Held at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff, the event was organised…Read on
James Hayward (Yr 12) competed for Wales in the Hammer category at the SIAB Schools Track and Field Internationals in Derby last week. The Hammer category is one of the most technical and skillful athletic events. Despite hitting the cage, James still managed a new…Read on