Greville Hubert Robins Blount
|Birthplace:||Aldershot, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Death:||Died in Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire, France|
|Cause of death:||died of wounds|
Son of Capt Charles Hubert Blount, Royal Artillery and Eleanor Maud Blount
|Occupation:||Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery|
|Managed by:||Jason Scott Wills|
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About Capt Greville Hubert Robins Blount
Birth: unknown Death: Sep. 23, 1914
"Casualty of the Great War, Greville was born in 1883 in Croydon, then in Surrey.He was the son of the late Major Charles Hubert Blount - 20th Battery Royal Field Artillery who died, aged 44 on Boer War service of dysentry at Wynberg,South Africa 23rd Feb. 1900. Greville was Major Blount's son by his first wife, Eleanor Maud Philips. (She was born in Bagshot, Surrey in about 1861.) In the 1891 census, he was shown as a boarder at Green Hall preparatory school in Albert Street, Belper in Derbyshire. His place of birth was given as Bristol, Somerset. From there, he went on to Harrow School where is he appears on the Park war memorial. In the 1901 census Greville was in the RFA Barracks at Farnbrough. He was aged 18 and held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. His place of birth is given as Bath, Somerset.He married Gladys Isabel Wilson in 1907 in London.He is commemorated on a memorial that is now in St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge. It had previously been in the Wellington Club in Grosvenor Place and was moved when the club was dissolved in 1934. His two brothers were also killed on war service one in WWI, the other in WWII.
Greville Hubert Robins Blount was born on 23 February 1883, at Aldershot, the son of Charles Hubert and Maud Blount. Greville’s father as a serving Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery at the time of his birth and later served as a Major in the South Aftrian War, where he fell ill with enteric fever and died on 23 Dec 1900. By this time Greville had completed his education at Harrow (1897-1899) and the Royal Military Academy Woolwich (1899-1900) and, like his father, had been commissioned as an artillery officer. Greville was promoted to Lieutenant of the RFA in August 1903.
On 14th May 1907, Greville Blount marries Galdys Isabel Wilson, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Canon Daniel Frederic Wilson, Vicar of Mitcham for over forty years, at St.Peter and St.Paul.
He serves with G Battery in India, RHA, from 1909 to 1911 and is promoted Captain in November 1911. The happy occasion of the birth of his son Hubert on 26th April 1910 turns to tradegy when his wife Gladys dies of entric fever while at Ooty in Southern India on 9th May 1910. His son, Hubert, is baptised on 11th May, the day after Galdys is buried. Hubert is returned to England and is cared for in the home of Rev. Wilson.
Greville Blount is appointed Adjutant of the 25th Brigade at Farnborugh in July, 1913. He lands in France within two weeks of the declaration of war, on 18th Augsut 1914. He is wounded at Courchamps on 11th September 1914, notice of which appears in the Times on Thursday 17th September. Evacuated from the front, Greville does not recover and dies in hospital at St.Nazaire on 23rd September. A final notice appears in the Times on Wednesday 30th September.
A marble tablet, near the choir stalls, in the Parish CaptBlountChurch of St.Peter and St.Paul reads:
CAPTAIN G.H.R. BLOUNT/ WHO DIED AT ST. NAZAIRE, FRANCE/23 SEPTEMBER 1914/ FROM WOUNDS RECIEVED IN THE BATTLE OF THE MARNE/ AGED 31
Captain Blount is also commemorated on memorials at the Wellington Club and Park House, Harrow
BLOUNT, GREVILLE HUBERT ROBINS
- Rank: Captain
- Date of Death: 23/09/1914
- Age: 31
- Regiment/Service: Royal Field Artillery Grave Reference: E. 86.
- Cemetery: ST. NAZAIRE (TOUTES-AIDES) CEMETERY
- Additional Information: Son of the late Maj. Blount (R.A.) (killed in South African War).