1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Lieut Edward Topping Gee
- Age: 28
- From: Liverpool
- Regiment: 12TH KINGS
- Died on Wednesday 12th February 1919
- Commemorated at: Anfield Cem Liverpool
Panel Ref: VII.CE.1633
Edward Topping Gee was born in Liverpool on the 15th September 1890, the son of Edward Topping Gee and his wife Alice Louisa (nee Blandy). He was baptised at St. Andrew's Church, Toxteth on 02nd November 1890. His parents married at St. Anne's Church, Stanley, Liverpool on the 10th August 1882. Marriage records show Alice was born in Manchester in the third quarter of 1861, Edward was a brazier by trade.
The 1891 Census finds Edward junior not yet one year old living with his parents and four siblings at Falkner Street, Liverpool. His father is 31 years of age and is a blacksmith born in Liverpool, whilst his mother is a 28 year old servant registry keeper born in Manchester. His siblings, all born in Liverpool are listed as; Charles aged 6, Percy 4, Bertha 3 and Ernest 2. There are also two servants and two visitors listed.
By 1901 the family have moved to Butchers Lane, Aughton. Edward junior is now 9. Both parents are in the household, his father is now shown as a tinsmith. His siblings are listed as; Charles aged 15 and a decorator's apprentice, Percy 14 is a clerk for a beer exporter, Ernest 12, Herbert 7 and Alice Louisa 4. There are two servants listed.
Edward was educated at Arnot Street School in Walton. He entered his education there on 01st July 1901. His previous school listed as Aughton and his fathers details recorded as an engine driver. He continued his education at Liverpool Institute.
The 1911 Census finds the family living at Belmont, Waterloo Park, Waterloo, Liverpool. Edward is listed as aged 20 and a clerk to a cotton merchant. His parents are both present in the household, his father now a tin box manufacturer. They advise that they have been married for 28 years and have had eight children of whom seven have survived. His siblings are listed as; Charles Edward a 26 year old clerk, Percy 24 is a dental surgeon, Bertha 23 is employed in the domestic servants registry, Ernest is a 22 year old architect's assistant, Herbert 17 is a dental student and Alice Louisa is 15 and at school.
Prior to the War he worked at the Cotton Exchange.
He was amongst the Cotton contingent who enlisted at St George's Hall on 31/08/1914 joining the 17th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment and was allocated the Service number 15045.
His brother Herbert fell at Gallipoli on 10th July 1915 whilst serving with the 16th Battalion of The King's Liverpool Regiment.
Edward served with the 17th Battalion but at some point during training was transferred to the 16th Battalion before he was subsequently transferred to the 12th Battalion as Lieutenant.
Edward married Violet Joyce Paul at St Asaph Church, in September 1915. A report of the occasion was published in the Bootle Times of 10th September 1915. The report shows that Edward's brother Herbert had been recently killed in the Dardanelles. It mentions Edward serving in the 16th Battalion and advised that the honeymoon was spent in North Wales.
Edward survived the war only to die in 1919 aged 28 in all probability due to Spanish Flu.
He rests in the family grave at Anfield Cemetery alongside his parents who died after Edward.
He was living at 21 Barnard Road, Birkenhead when he died. Probate was awarded to his wife:
Edward Topping Gee, of 21 Barnard Road, Oxton, Birkenhead, Lieutenant 12th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment died 12 February1919. Administration Chester 13 September to Violet Joyce Gee widow. Effects £551.
Soldiers Effects to widow Violet Joyce, Pension record but no award.
His brother Charles Edward died 1918, but the death was not war related.
His father died in 1922 and his mother died in 1933.
He is commeorated on the family headstone:
Also Lieut: EDWARD TOPPING,
12th King's L'pool Rgt, Beloved Husband Of
Violet Gee, Died 12th February 1919
Aged 28 Years
Father In Thy Gracious Keeping Leave We Now
Our Loved Ones Sleeping
Edward is also commemorated on the following Memorials:
Liverpool Institute (now within LIPA)
Cotton Association Liverpool now housed at Walker House, Exchange Flags, Liverpool.