Commander Godfrey Francis William Grayson RN (Organ Dedication)

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Reference WMO/291440


St George's Church

Church Lane




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Organ
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Metal Brass
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Organ dedicated to Cdr Grayson, dedicated 1926. He did not die in combat or on active service so this needs to be justified as a valid war memorial. The circumstances suggest that war time ill-health may have contributed to his early death. He was born in 1879 and served in WW1, though in August 1916 he was court-martialled for displaying contempt towards his captain, who had described him as "slow, lazy and inexpeienced". The court blamed provocation by the captain who was deemed unsuitable for further command. Grayson then suffered a bout of appendicitis which took him out of service for nearly 6 months He was appointed to his own command which he performed well but was transferred to land-based duties in March 1918. He retired in 1922 and died in 1925 after a long battle with tuberculosis. As for the organ, in a survey dated 1937 the National Pipe Organ Register says it was built in 1908 by Martin and Coote. However, NPOR also mentions George Osmond and Co, a company which restored organs, so maybe this one was restored as a memorial and rededicated in 1926.
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