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George William Wesley Kearvell

George William Wesley was born in 1893 at Warfield Berkshire, the son of the second marriage of Francis Kearvell (1845-1928) to Sarah Twose (1852-1931).

William served as a Trooper in the Berkshire Yeomanry during WW1 and served overseas in Egypt from April 1915.

He moved with the regiment to Gallipoli later that year and on 21 August 1915 suffered severe gunshot wounds to his head and neck. He was invalided back to England and eventually medically discharged a year later.


After the War George worked as Secretary to the Rt Hon Henry Stormont, 13th Earl of Winchester and 8th Earl of Nottingham


He married Rose O'Hagan in 1941 and at the time of his death in 1966 he was living at Farnham, Surrey


George’s  father (top right) is the grandson of Richard Kearvell, one of the two brothers who set out from Bosham in late 1700s  to walk to London in search of their fortune. The story told in George’s Family Bible.

George was reputed to have been about 7 feet tall. When you consider this picture, he is stood down from the door on a step and yet his head nearly reaches the top of the closed door, it is clear that he was a very tall man indeed!

George's  father, Francis  (1845-1928) was a self-employed  Carpenter/Joiner from Warfield who latterly also became an Innkeeper at Clarence Inn, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire and after at The Plough, High Wycombe Buckinghamshire.


Below are George’s step-brother and step-sisters from his father’s 1st marriage

to  Charlotte Sparks (1848-1884).

Francis George 1876-1936, Emma 1874-?, Ada 1871-1947, Grace 1882-1971