Gerald Spring-Rice

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Gerald Spring-Rice
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A soldier of the 11th Battalion Border Regiment
Remembered with Honour
Rank Lieutenant (Transport Officer)
Number N/A
Attached §
Transferred ¥
Former unit
Died 26 May 1916
Where died
How died Killed in action (spent bullet)
Age 52
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Grave
Reference no. C.9.
Resting place Authuile Military Cemetery


Before he joined he had done splendid work as Secretary of the Executive Committee, and from the time of his appointment as Transport Officer until the day of his death he devoted his entire energies to the welfare of the Battalion, in the formation of which he had such an important share.

P.W. Machell, 26th May 1916, Record of the XIth (Service) Battalion (Lonsdale) - In France.

In the press[edit]

Fallen Officers – The Times List of Casualties

We have received news of the death of the following officer, in addition to those whose names have been published in the official lists:- Lieutenant Gerald Spring-Rice, Border Regiment, was killed on May 27, in his 52nd year. He was the third son of the Hon. C.W.T. Spring-Rice, and brother of Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, British Ambassador in Washington, and cousin of Lord Monteagle.

He joined the Border Regiment last year as a transport officer after a period of valuable service as Director for Cumberland of the Voluntary Aid Detachments. He married in 1905, Mary Isabella, younger daughter of Mr. John Bush, of Beauthorn, Penrith. Mrs. Spring-Rice, who, with two sons, survives him, is nursing in Penrith Military Hospital.

Interestingly, "I vow to thee my country" was written by Sir Cecil Spring-Rice, supposedly with Gerald in mind.

—The Times, Wednesday, 31 May, 1916.