Other names: Geoffrey Noel
Locations in this story: Salisbury, WiltshireMilford, Salisbury, WiltshireNew ZealandPortsmouth, Hampshire
Story: Geoffrey Noel Rawlings was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 25 Nov 1899 and baptised at St. Martins Church, Salisbury, on 20 Dec 1899 the son of George Herbert Rawlings and Ida Jeannie Rawlings (nee Sandbrook). He spent his very early years in Milford, Salisbury, until by 1911 he was shown as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and attending the Cathedral School. He finished his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset, before enlisting in the Royal Navy becoming a Sub-Lieutenant and serving on HMS Tuscan. Following the end of the war he was awarded the British War Medal and remained in the Navy eventually rising to the rank of Commander. At one time he was in New Zealand and whilst there married Marjorie Home Morrison in 1929. By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 3 South Parade, Portsmouth, Hampshire. His death was recorded in Salisbury on 29 Dec 1983.