1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
2nd Lieutenant Thomas Leslie McGeorge
- Age: 26
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: 1/5 MANCHESTERS
- Died on Friday 6th August 1915
- Commemorated at: Helles Memorial
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Thomas Leslie McGeorge was born on 28th November 1888 the son of Thomas James McGeorge and Euphemia Gardener who were married in Sefton Parish Church on 6th November 1882, giving their residence as Waterloo. His father was from Liverpool and his mother was born in Rio Grande, Brazil, but was a British subject by parentage. Thomas Leslie was baptised in St. Peter’s Liverpool on 9th February 1889. His parents were living in Ivanhoe Road, and his father’s occupation is shown as Fruit Broker. He appears to have been called Leslie by the family.
Leslie was the youngest surviving child; he had a brother Reginald, and two sisters, Veronica and Mary. The youngest child, Alan, died in infancy. His father was long involved in the fruit trade and was a founding partner of the fruit brokering company McGeorge & Jardine which had been trading in apples, oranges, and other fruit since being formed from an earlier firm, Connolly, McGeorge & Jardine, in 1884.
In 1891 the family is still at 12 Ivanhoe Road, Toxteth Park. His father is a fruit broker’s agent.
In 1901 they are living at 3 Greenhey, Riverdale Road, Garston. His father is a fruit broker’s agent, and older brother Reginald, 17, is a fruit broker’s clerk. Thomas Leslie is 12. The family has four domestic servants: a cook, a waitress, and two housemaids.
In 1911 they live at Woolton Hill House, Woolton. His father is a fruit broker. Thomas Leslie is 22, single, and employed as a fruit broker’s salesman. Sister Mary, 23, is at home, as well as his niece, Veronica McClelland, 4 months old. There are four servants, plus a visitor, Minnie Owen, 25, from Wales.
According to a newspaper article, his father retired from the family business in 1912, and his younger brother William continued the firm alongside his nephew Thomas Leslie McGeorge and William Jardine. McGeorge and Jardine was later incorporated as Connolloy & Shaw Ltd.
Soon after war was declared, Leslie enlisted in 17th Bn King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, as Private 16081. Whilst undertaking his training, he was discharged in order to attend Officer Training. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in April 1915 in the 5th Bn Manchester Regiment. The 5th Manchesters landed at Gallipoli on 6th May 1915. The medal roll shows that Leslie disembarked on 7th July. He was killed in action, aged 26, one month later, on 8th August 1915. His body was never recovered, and he is remembered on the Helles Memorial.There was evidently some confusion over his date of death. His medal card shows he was KIA on 6/4/1915. CWGC gives his date of death as 8th August, and his parents must have been told their son died earlier. At the time of his death, his parents were living at 27 Alexandra Drive, Sefton Park.
One year later, on 7th August 1916, his parents placed a notice in the Liverpool Echo:
“ In loving memory of Second Lieutenant T. Leslie McGeorge (5th Manchester Regiment), younger son of T.J. McGeorge, Woolton, killed in action at Gallipoli, August 6-7 1915.”
Thomas Leslie is commemorated on the following Memorials:
All Saints Church, Liverpool
St Peter's Church Woolton
Woolton Golf Club
His father died in December 1935 aged 80, and his mother six months later aged 79. Their estate went to their surviving son Reginald and their two sons in law.