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Edmund Otto Housley (See Geiler)

Rank:PrivateNumber:292637
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:06th Bn [1]
Name of Rgt or Ship:Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Died:26/03/1918Age:24
How Died:Died of Wounds
Country of burial:FranceGrave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery
Town Memorial:Sale (as Geiler)
Extra Information:
Born as Edmund Otto GEILER during the June quarter 1894 in the Altrincham
R.D. - ref: 8a/190, the third son of Hermann Heinrich & Anna Marie Geiler
(nee Lodholz).  They married at the Chorlton on Medlock Registry Office,
during the December quarter 1889 in the Chorlton R.D. - ref: 8c/1172.

Hermann's first marriage was to a Lucy HOUSLEY that took place at St.
Margaret's P.C., Whalley Range, during the December quarter 1877 in the
Chorlton R.D. - ref: 8c/1039.  At the time of the 1881 Census they were
residing at Northern Grove, Didsbury with their 2 young children and 1
servant.   Lucy, who was born at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, died in 1888,
aged: 43.

It appears from the Naturalisations published in the Jewish Chronicle
between 1902 and 1906, that on the 4th January 1903 Hermann became a
Naturalised British Citizen under the The Jewish Naturalization Act 1753.

1891 Census - Still not yet born, but his father has now remarried and
Otto's parents, 5 siblings and 2 servants were residing at Thornlea, Wardle
Road, Sale.  His father was born at Baden and his mother at Wurtemburg,
Germany.

1901 Census - Thornlea, Wardle Road, Sale.     Son - aged: 6 - born: Sale. 
 Head of household - Hermann Geiler - Married - aged: 47 - occ: Machinery
Export Merchant - born: Germany (German Subject).   Also - Anna Geiler -
Wife - aged: 40 - born: Germany (German Subject).    Plus 6 siblings, all
born in England.  Household included 3 domestic servants.

1911 Census - Giggleswick School, Settle, Yorkshire.     Pupil - aged: 16 -
born: Sale.

His father, 5 siblings and 3 domestic servants were then residing at 19
Wardle Road Sale - a 20 roomed house - no trace of his mother ?

Attended Sale Grammar and Giggleswick Schools.    His chief recreation was
music and was an accomplished pianist.     Member of Manchester University
OTC

Because of the anti-German feelings at the time, he enlisted on the  9th
November 1915 in the Scottish Horse under the name of Edmund HOUSLEY,
(adopting his father's first wife's surname).   He rose to the rank of
Sergeant Instructor - No. 6481.  He transferred to the 1/6th (Perthshire)
Battalion, Royal Highlanders reverting to the rank of Private and was
drafted to the front in January 1917.     Invalided home in April 1917 and
returned to the front in January 1918.   Initially reported as missing on
the 21st March 1918, but subsequently died of wounds five days later whilst
a POW.

Death reported in the 12/07/1918 edition of the Altrincham Guardian.

His obituary from the School Chronicle, 1918:  L/Corpl. E. Housley. 17th
Black Watch.

"It is with great regret that we have to record the death of O.E.Geiler,
who enlisted in the Scottish Horse early in 1915 under the name of Housley.
He rose to the rank of Sergeant in this Corps but on transfer to the Black
Watch reverted to private, and went out to France in 1917.   After being
invalided home for a time he returned to France this year and his unit was
between Bapaume and Cambrai on 21st March, from which date he was reported
'missing'.   The Red Cross has since reported that he died on the
battlefield on March 26th.

Geiler entered the School in September, 1908, and left in July, 1912, and
although he reached no conspicuous position in School life, those who knew
him will always remember his quiet cheeriness and quaint humour.   He loved
the School with a devotion that perhaps only those who knew him best fully
realised. While he, least of all, would like much said of him, any
appreciation would be incomplete without reference to his love of music.  
He delighted us many times at the piano and was one of the natural tenors
so rare in the School choir.

He will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends, and to his sorrowing
family and fiancee we extend our heartfelt sympathy."

Commemorated on main Sale U.R.C. Memorial and on the Roebuck Lane Section
of the Sale U.R.C. Sunday School Memorial as E. Otto Geiler.  Listed as
Edmund O. Geiler HOUSLEY on the CWGC web-site.    SDGW records his
Christian name as Edward.

His father died in 1920, aged: 66 and his mother in 1943, aged: 72.


Memorials found on:
Sale United Reformed
Sale United Reformed - Sunday School
Manchester University
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