Major Geoffrey Nigel Fitzjohn - Raids Bureau

1882 Dec 28, Born Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England . Son of Thomas Lechmere Tudor Fitzjohn & Emily Mercy Fitzjohn

1891 census at The Vicarage, Willstone Lane, Cardington, Church Stretton, Shropshire

1901 census He is a 2nd Lt in Militia in Blairlodge Hospital, Grangemouth, Polmont, Stirlingshire, Scotland

1903 Sep 19. Commissioned 2nd Lt in Army

1907 May 15. Promoted Lt

1911 Mar 6. Lieutenant Geoffrey N. Fitzjohn, The Worcestershire Regiment, is granted the temporary rank of Captain in the Territorial Force whilst holding the appointment of Adjutant.

1914 Jul 11 Retired as Lt

1914 Mar 20. The Worcestershire Regiment, Supernumerary Lieutenant Geoffrey N. Fitzjohn is restored to the establishment.

1914 Jul 11. The Worcestershire Regiment, Lieutenant Geoffrey Nigel Fitzjohn, temporary retired pay, to be Captain under the provisions of Article 559, Royal Warrant for Pay and Promotion, 1913.

1916 Jun 22 MID

1917 Jul 21 MID

1918 Jun 11 MID

1919 Jan 1 OBE for valuable services rendered in connection with Military Operations in Salonika:

1919 Jun 19 French Croix de Guerre gazetted.

1919 Nov 18. Base Comdt.—Bt. Maj. G. N. Fitzjohn, O.B.E., Wore. R., Spec. Res., and relinquishes the temp, rank of Col


1920 Feb 15 Demobbed

1920 Oct 11 II Grade in Dublin with Military Intelligence

1920. Moves up to GG Grade

In charge of the Raids Bureau in Dublin during War of Independence. There are a number of documents over this period that have his signature

1921 Apr 1. Relinquishes GG Grade appointment

1922 Jan 2 OBE awarded

1922 Dec 29 Married to Esme Aquinalda Ezmah De Silva

1923 Jan 26 Applies to Colonial Offie for job

1923 Apr 26 Money troubles

1925 Bankrupt Jun 29.

1926 Dec 21. He casts around for funds


1928 Manager of Coventry Greyhound Stadium

Opened on the 7th April 1928 by the Coventry Greyhounds Ltd the track was a reasonable size able to accommodate over 5,000 spectators. There was a large grandstand on the home straight and tote facilities right in front of the winning line. The track got off to an inauspicious start when the General and Racing Manager Lieutenant-Colonel Geoffrey Nigel Fitzjohn committed suicide in the stadium offices in 1929. The 47 year old took a dose of prussic acid, a highly poisonous substance. Then in early 1933 the main stand caught fire and was destroyed.

1929 Aug 8. Died Coventry aged 47

1929 Sep 2. At Birmingham, an inquiry was held, on the body of Colonel Geoffrey N. FitzJohn, Russell Road,. Hall Green, whose death, it was stated, was due to suicidal poisoning ty means of hydrocyanic acid. The Warwickshire county analyst (Mr. W. T. Rigby) .reported that he found an amount of the poison equal to fourteen fatal doses in the stomach.

1931 Oct 5.His wife is trying to get their son's birth cert



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