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   Lieutenant Colonel Eric Beresford Greer M.C.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 18/04/2021
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. He was born in April 1892 at the Curragh in County Kildare. Eric and his brother Francis were raised by their grandmother, Agnes Isabella Greer, in Moy, County Tyrone. He went to Eton and then Sandhurst. He joined the Irish Guards in 1911. He was a fine athlete. Eric was mentioned three times in despatches. He won the Military Cross. He rose from lieutenant to lieutenant colonel. In 1917, his brother was killed and he was married within days. Lieutenant Colonel Eric Beresford Greer was commanding the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Guards when he was killed in action on 31st July 1917. His wife died in 1918 at the age of 22, leaving behind an orphaned baby daughter.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Canada Farm Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
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 1911 Census lists Greer grandmother Lists Agnes Greer at house 14 in Grange, Moy, Tyrone
3 Brother - Lieut Francis St Leger Greer Brother of Eric Beresford Greer
4 Facebook - WW1 Colourised Photos Photo of Captain Greer of the 1st Irish Guards and his machine gun team group
5 Photo of grave of Lieut Col Eric Beresford Greer M.C.
6 Forum discussion Forum discussion on Eric B. Greer including details of living relatives
7 Geneology website - Geni Date of birth of Eric's daughter
8 Information on Erice B Greer Lists various information including details of his brother
9 Kipling's 'The Irish Guards in the Great War' Describes Eric Beresford Greer's death
10 National Archives UK (1) Mentioned in Despatches Card (1915) can be purchased here
11 National Archives UK (2) Mentioned in Despatches Card (Jan 1917) can be purchased here
12 National Archives UK (3) Mentioned in Despatches Card (Dec 1917) can be purchased here
13 National Archives UK (4) Medal Card can be purchased here
14 Our Heroes Irish Website Brief information on Lieut Col Eric Beresford Greer M.C. including photo
15 The Peerage Includes family history and partial date of birth.
16 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Eric Beresford Greer's headstone can be purchased here.
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