Benjamin Handley Geary

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Benjamin Handley Geary
Benjamin Geary VC IWM Q 69169.jpg
Born 29 June 1891
Marylebone, London
Died 26 May 1976 (aged 84)
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
Buried at St Mark's Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Canadian Army
Years of service 1914 - ? (UK)
1939 - ? (Canada)
Rank Major
Unit The East Surrey Regiment
Royal Army Chaplains Department
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross
Other work Serjeant-at-Arms to the Ottawa Legislature

Major Benjamin Handley Geary VC (29 June 1891 – 26 May 1976) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


He was 23 years old, and a second lieutenant in the 4th Battalion, The East Surrey Regiment, British Army, attached to 1st Battalion during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 20 and 21 April 1915 on Hill 60 near Ypres, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Geary led his men across exposed open ground swept by fierce enemy fire to join survivors of the Bedfordshire Regiment in a crater at the top of the hill, which he held against artillery and bomb attacks during the evening and night. Each attack was repulsed mainly owing to the fine example and personal gallantry of Second Lieutenant Geary. He deliberately exposed himself to enemy fire in order to see by the light of flares the whereabouts of the enemy. He was severely wounded early on 21 April.

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Benjamin Geary's headstone in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

At the start of World War II, he joined the Canadian Army, and achieved the rank of major. His grave and memorial are at St. Mark's Church Cemetery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Canada


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