Today we are remembering Geoffrey Foveaux Trenow of Epping in Essex, my husband’s great uncle, who died at the battle of Passchendaele four months after receiving the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry’, saving many lives during a bombing raid.
He joined up in 1914 and gained a commission the following July in the 5th City of London Battalion, London Rifle Brigade. When he died, he had been married for just nine months.
On a visit to Flanders researching my forthcoming novel, In Love and War, we discovered his name inscribed on the Menin Gate (seen here with my husband David Trenow), among the tens of thousands of others whose bodies were never found – a quarter of all those who died.
The novel is about the people who travelled to the battlefields within months of the end of the war in a desperate search for any evidence of their lost loved ones. It is dedicated to our brave ancestor.