About Geoffrey Horsfall
Geoffrey Garnett Horsfall was born in 1884, the eldest son of Alfred & Mary Horsfall of Clitheroe, Lancashire . He attended Tonbridge School in Kent from 1896-1901, and after leaving school he went to Singapore where he was involved in exports. He met and married Mary Frances Lloyd in 1910 and became a partner in a firm of brokers while in Singapore, but returned home to Clitheroe with his family in 1913.
Geoffrey was pearling in Broome when World War I broke out. He was also an active member of the Broome Rifle Club.
Geoffrey applied for a commission in the 10th Light Horse, but there was a delay and he was eager to fight so he joined the 10th Light Horse as a trooper in October 1914. He was quickly promoted to Sergeant in November that same year. His unit was shipped out to Egypt in March 1915. Despite becoming very ill with pneumonia, Horsfall insisted on joining his unit when they were sent to the Gallipoli Peninsula in August. The unit left their horses behind and joined the fight as infantry, where they were continuously in action around Walker’s Ridge. Horsfall was involved in a battle to take a trench and hold it, and on the 29th August he was shot through the forehead and died instantly.
Other Online Resources
View Geoffrey Horsfall at the National Archives of Australia
View Geoffrey Horsfall at the Australian War Memorial
View Geoffrey Horsfall at Tonbridge School
Craven’s part in the Great War: Geoffrey Horsfall