FRENCH, Geoffrey Maurice

1881 - 1953

Geoffrey Maurice French was born at Redhill, Surrey on 28 July and baptised on 17 September 1881, son of George French and his wife Matilda Jane née Crabtee, who married at South Shields in 1880. Educated at Enfield House School, The Avenue, Kingston, Surbiton, Surrey. In 1901, a clerk officer on the ‘Orando’, but seems to have given up the sea and married at Redhill, Surrey on 14 April 1910, Evelyn Neal Turner (24 April 1883-1967), daughter of Frank Turner and Ellen Elizabeth Churchman. In 1911, a 29 year old ‘retired assistant paymaster RN’ now a secretary’s clerk in a London hospital, living at The Lawn, Tadworth, Surrey with his 27 year old wife, Evelyn Neal, born Woodside, Surrey. A landscape painter in watercolour and a member of Ipswich Art Club 1934-1947 showing at least eighteen works, including from ‘Cora Lynn’ 23 Bath Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk in 1935 'Mountain Snows', 'Pax Dei' and '14th Century Manor House at Tretover, South Wales' he exhibited views of Canterbury in 1936, in 1937 'Bryber, Scilly Isles', 'The Third Floor Back' and 'De Cloisters, Canterbury', in 1941 'The Birches of Arisaig', 'Glen Nevis' and Malmesbury Abbey'. In 1939 a retired naval officer living at 23 Bath Road, Felixstowe with his wife Evelyn and son Arthur Geoffrey French (29 Jan 1913-1992). He died at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, Devon on 13 October 1953, aged 72 and his wife died at Felixstowe on 14 July 1967. They had three children born at Tadworth, Surrey 1913-1919.