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Captain Gerald Edmund Adair Rawlins (1908)


Captain Gerald Edmund Adair Rawlins (1908)


8th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment).

Gerald Rawlins was born on 17th February 1890 in Hackney, London. He was the son of Henry Adair and Annie Rawlins of Wargrave, Berkshire. In November 1914 he became engaged to Gladys Inman.

He was educated at Onslow Hall, Richmond and at Charterhouse, and came up to Merton in 1908 to read Jurisprudence. Whilst at Merton he rowed for the College at the Henley Regatta in 1910, in the final of the Thames Challenge Cup. After university he was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1913.

Having served in the OTC at Oxford and Lincoln’s Inn, he received his commission on 12th September 1914, and went to France in May of the following year.

He was killed in action near Albert, on 7th July 1916, aged 26. He is buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France.


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