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   Lieutenant Francis St Leger Greer M.C.
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 20/04/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/07/1894
Died: 01/02/1917 (Killed in Action)
Age: 22
Francis St Leger Greer was the son of Capt. Joseph Henry and Mary Greer of Grange, Moy. He was born about 1894 at the Curragh, Co. Kildare. Francis was raised by his grandmother Agnes Isabella Greer in Moy, County Tyrone. He was educated at Eton. He gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the service of the 16th Lancers. By February 1917, Frank Greer had been attached to the bombing section of the Irish Guards. Francis was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He led three platoons in the advance under very heavy fire. At one point in the advance he shot an enemy machine gunner at about 80 yards, silencing the gun and saving many casualties. Later, he did fine work consolidating the position won. Lieutenant Greer was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the he Irish Guards when he died on the 1st February 1917 aged 23.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Heilly Station Cemetery
  Mericourt-L abbe, Somme, 4
Grave Ref: Grave VI-A-10
CWGC Casualty 271091
Mericourt-l'Abbe is a village approximately 19 kilometres north-east of Amiens and 10 kilometres south-west of Albert. Heilly Station Cemetery is about 2 kilometres south-west of Mericourt-l'Abbe, on the south side of the road to Corbie.
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Francis Greer Lists Francis as age 6 at house 18.1 in Grange, Moy, Tyrone
2 Photo of Francis Greer's headstone
3 Brother - Lieut Col Eric Beresford Greer Brother of Francis Greer
4 Kildare Library website Report of death of Frank Greer in Kildare newspaper
5 National Archives UK Service record - not online as of April 2021
6 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
7 Photos from London exhibition Photo of Captain Greer and details
8 The Peerage Family tree including birth dates
9 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Francis Greer's gravestone can be purchased here
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