A Great War Givenchy / La Bassee June 1916 Officer Casualty group awarded to Lieutenant G.E.F. Wise, 2nd/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Territorial Force, a student of Oakfield Preparatory School, where his father taught, and then St Bees School in Cumberland where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps, he saw service with his battalion out on the Western Front from 21st May 1916, and was killed in action only shortly after his arrival in the front line on 5th June 1916, having been buried by a shall during a German bombard

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A Great War Givenchy / La Bassee June 1916 Officer Casualty group awarded to Lieutenant G.E.F. Wise, 2nd/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Territorial Force, a student of Oakfield Preparatory School, where his father taught, and then St Bees School in Cumberland where he was a member of the Officer Training Corps, he saw service with his battalion out on the Western Front from 21st May 1916, and was killed in action only shortly after his arrival in the front line on 5th June 1916, having been buried by a shall during a German bombardment.

Pair and Plaque: British War Medal and Victory Medal; (LIEUT. G.E.F. WISE.); Memorial Plaque named to; (GEORGE EDWARD FOSTER WISE)

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George Edward Foster Wise was born on 4th April 1895 in Oakfield, Rugby, Staffordshire, his father, Thomas Arnold Wise, being a private schoolmaster, and his mother, Estelle Wise. Educated at Oakfield Preparatory School, where his father taught, and then gained a scholarship to St Bees School at Saint Bees in Cumberland now Cumbria, where he was also a Sergeant with the school’s Officer Training Corps. With the outbreak of the Great War he applied for a commission with the Territorial Force on 30th November 1914 at Salisbury, being then commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 7th (1st Reserve) Battalion, Warwickshire Regiment on 31st December 1914, and posted to the 2nd/7th Battalion, a second line battalion which was formed at Coventry.

Serving with his battalion as part of the 2nd Warwickshire Brigade, 2nd South Midland Division, which was re-designated as 182nd Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division in August 1915, he then saw service with his battalion out on the Western Front from 21st May 1916, and having moved into the area between Givenchy and La Bassee, was killed in action only shortly after his arrival in the front line on 5th June 1916.

The battalion war diary records that on the 4th June 1916 there was heavy shelling of the Germans line for one hour. Retaliation by them occurred on the right sub section of the front line and communication trenches. At 5 am on the morning of 5th June 1916 the German bombardment lasted for 45 minutes, and was again nearly intense on the right sub section of the support and communication trenches, with the body of Lieutenant Wise being found buried later. His was buried that evening at 8 pm, and his body now lies in Cambrin Church Cemetery.

News of his death appeared in The Rugby Observer for 16th June 1916, along with a picture of him, stating that ‘Lieut. G.E.F. Wise, was not only well known, but exceedingly popular in the town, his sunny disposition making him a general favourite. He was only 21 years of age. From the time of his entry into his father’s school he showed exceptional intellectual attainments and gave promise of a brilliant scholastic career. He gained a scholarship at St. Bees’ School, Cumberland, and from there was awarded the Grimdal exhibition at Oxford. He took a prominent part in the Bees’ Mission at Barrow-in-Furness. Obtaining his commission in December, 1914, he proceeded to the front only a fortnight before his tragic death. He was killed on June 5th by the bursting of a shell in the trenches. By his death, the 2nd/7th Warwick’s mourn a promising and highly popular young officer.’