The Breitmeyer Connection

Beatrice Gwendoline Kirby, or Gwen, was the daughter of my great great great uncle Augustus George Kirby. She married Lt.-Col. Sir William Joshua Rowley, 6th Bt. and my mother remembered her saying that she had a sister called Baba who married a Breitmeyer. I’ve never been able to find out more until today, but Gwen’s youngest sibling was called Frances Geraldine, so I guessed she might have been know as Baba. Turns out that a Mrs. Frances Geraldine Breitmeyer is listed in the London Gazette for the death of Captain (Retired) Geoffrey Wyndham Breitmeyer on the 13th February, 1952. He lived at The Manor House, Didmarton, Gloucestershire, formerly of Orchard Lodge, Avon Dassett, Warwickshire. I can’t find out much more about him although think he served in the 9th Lancers in WW1 and was decorated. Interestingly, there’s a G.W. Breitmeyer listed as an attendee in an announcement from The Times on George H. Graham’s site about the funeral of Rear-Admiral Arthur Hale Smith-Dorrien in 1933. Arthur Hale Smith-Dorrien was the Uncle of Gwen and Frances Kirby, and brother of their mother Edith. Would be interesting to know if Geoffrey and Frances had any children.


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