George Heremon Wyndham

wyndham2wyndham 1George Heremon Wyndham of the 3rd Battalion Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died 24th March 1915 on the Ypres Salient. He was 21, born 25th October 1893 to Guy Percy Wyndham, a Captain in the16th Lancers and his wife Edwina (Minnie). George had two cousins at St. Aubyns, Percy Wyndham and Lord Elcho. He went to Wellington after St. Aubyns, from 1907 to 1911, where he was in Murray House.
His father Guy was the youngest Wyndham sibling, brother to the three famous sisters and to George, Percy Wyndham’s father.
When his cousin Perf’s will became known after his death in France in1914, it was discovered that he had left his country home, the estate of Clouds in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and an important house for the whole Wyndham family, to George’s brother Richard (known as Dick), who was three years younger than George, rather than either to Uncle Guy, their father, or to George himself as the elder male. The conclusion of their aunt, Madeleine Adeane, was that Perf simply liked Dick better, and apparently poor George’s nickname was “Grubby George”. However, in an aristocratic family such as the Wyndhams, such a bequest was very unusual. After his mother Minnie explained it to George, she wrote that “he has taken it as I knew he would, but of course he is very much surprised as he thought Percy was very fond of him but I think I quite showed him it was a thoughtless mistake and that Percy never thought it would come into force”.
After George’s death, in a rather odd attempt to bring some comfort to another aunt, his aunt wrote that she thought he would never have been happy in life, as he was so idealistic about fraternity and equality that he would have been bound to have been disappointed. His grandmother lost a total of five grandsons in the war, and they are all commemorated in a memorial placed at East Knowle by Madeleine Wyndham, their grandmother.

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