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   Lieutenant Colonel Eric Beresford Greer M.C.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 29/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Died: 31/07/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 25
Eric Beresford Greer was the son of Sir Joseph Henry Greer and Olivia Mary Beresford of Grange, Moy. He was born in April 1892 at the Curragh, Co. Kildare. He was raised by his Grandmother Agnes Isabella Greer in Moy, County Tyrone. He was educated at Eton College from 1906-1910 and joined the Irish Guards in 1911. Eric B Greer married Pamela Fitzgerald around 13 Feb 1917. Lieutenant Colonel Eric Beresford Greer was commanding the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 31 July 1917. Lieutenant Colonel Eric Beresford Greer was awarded the Military Cross.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Canada Farm Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen
Grave Ref: Grave II-E-2
CWGC Casualty 435724
Canada Farm Cemetery is located 8.5 kilometres north-west of Ieper town centre, on the Elzendammestraat, a road leading from the Veurnseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Elverdinge and on to Veurne. From Ieper town centre the Veurnseweg (N8) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then turning right onto Haiglaan. Veurnseweg is a continuation of Haiglaan. On reaching the village of Elverdinge the Steentjesmolenstraat, N333, leads towards Poperinge. 2 kilometres along the Steentjesmolenstraat lies the right hand turning onto Elzendammestraat. The cemetery itself is located 1 kilometre along the Elzendammestraat on the right hand side of the road.
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1 1901 Census lists Eric B Greer Lists Eric as age 9 at house 18.1 in Grange, Moy, Tyrone
2 Forum discussion Forum discussion on Eric B. Greer including details of living relatives
3 Francis St Leger Greer Brother of Eric Beresford Greer
4 Information on Erice B Greer Lists various information including details of his brother
5 Kipling's 'The Irish Guards in the Great War' Describes Eric Beresford Greer's death
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 The Peerage Includes family history and partial date of birth.
8 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Eric Beresford Greer's headstone can be purchased here.
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