Eric Neville Geijer

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Eric Neville Geijer
Rouge Dragon Pursuivant
In office
19 October 1926 – 1941 (died)
Preceded by John Heaton-Armstrong
Succeeded by Michael Trappes-Lomax
Personal details
Born Erik Neville von Geijer
Died 1941
Nationality Naturalized British, 1914
Relations Carl Emanuel von Geijer (father)
William Arthur White (grandfather)
Awards Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Grenadier Guards

Eric Neville Geijer DSO MC FSA (1894–1941) was a decorated Guards officer, royal herald, and genealogist. He was the second son of the Swedish diplomat Carl Emmanuel de Geijer and his English wife, Lila Lucy, née White (daughter of William Arthur White).

He was a cadet in the Wellington College Contingent of the Officer Training Corps.[1] In 1914 he was naturalized as a subject of the United Kingdom,[2] serving in the British Army during the First World War. Initially a second lieutenant in the Hampshire Regiment,[3] from February 1917 he was attached to the Grenadier Guards,[4] serving with distinction.[5] Geijer was awarded the Military Cross in 1918, for leading a patrol that entered an enemy position under heavy machine-gun fire,[6] and briefly attained the rank of acting captain.[7]

On 19 October 1926 he was appointed to the College of Arms as Rouge Dragon Pursuivant.[8][9]

In 1929 he became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He was a trustee of the Catholic Record Society.[10]

He died intestate on 14 January 1941. At the time of his death, his address was Little Bowstridge, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire.[11]


  • The Parish Register of Woodsford, Co. Dorset. Baptisms 1678-1812. Marriages 1696-1826. Burials 1678-1811. (Society of Genealogists, Transcripts of Parish Registers, 1939).

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  1. ^ "No. 29000". The London Gazette. 8 December 1914. p. 10460. 
  2. ^ Certificate reference in The National Archives, Kew, accessed 3 May 2010.
  3. ^ "No. 29000". The London Gazette. 8 December 1914. p. 10460. 
  4. ^ "No. 29930". The London Gazette. 2 February 1917. p. 1252. 
  5. ^ Frederick Edward Grey Ponsonby, The Grenadier Guards in the Great War of 1914-1918, vol. 3
  6. ^ "No. 30950". The London Gazette. 11 October 1918. p. 12070. 
  7. ^ "No. 31066". The London Gazette. 13 December 1918. p. 14759. 
  8. ^ "No. 33214". The London Gazette. 22 October 1926. p. 6749. 
  9. ^ Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry, 15th edition (1937), vol. 1, p. xxx.
  10. ^ Catholic Record Society publications: Records series, vol. 40, 1943.
  11. ^ "No. 35273". The London Gazette. 12 September 1941. p. 5333.