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This post has been contributed by Rebecca Illidge, a work experience student from Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School.


leggeThe Honourable Gerald Legge, of Patshull House near Wolverhampton, was killed in action in 1915 at the Dardanelles aged 33. £19638 was left to his sister Lady Joan Margaret Legge, who was labelled a spinster. Legge was in the 5th South Staffordshire Regiment in the 7th battalion and was rank Captain. Legge commenced his military career in the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, which he joined as second lieutenant on May 16 1900. He was promoted to Lieutenant on March 27 1901 and, when he became senior officer of his rank, retired from the Service in January 1905. When the First World War began, Legge re-joined the colours and was gazetted to a lieutenancy in the 7th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment on September 4 1914. He obtained his captaincy on October 29 and was granted command of a company in the battalion, with which he sailed for the Dardanelles on 1 July 1915. It was at the Dardanelles that, at the end of August, Legge was reported missing. It was then stated in September that he had been killed in action on August 9.

He was son to William Legge, 6th Earl of Dartmouth, and Lady Mary, daughter of the 2nd Earl of Leicester. The couple had 5 children; William Legge (who was Gerald’s elder and who went on to become the 7th Earl of Dartmouth, a conservative politician and Lord Great Chamberlain 1928-36) and Lady Dorothy, Hon. Humphrey and Lady Joan Margaret Gerald’s younger. Though Gerald was tragically killed in action, his brother William survived; he served with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign in the First World War, for which he was awarded the Territorial Decoration, and made an officer of the Order of the Nile. he was later promoted acting lieutenant-colonel in 1917.

Gerald Legge’s memorial is at the Helles Memorial which is in Turkey, Panel 135 to 137. Legge is among 20885 other identified casualties on this memorial.


Other information about Gerald Legge:

  • He was born in Marylebone in 1882.
  • An article about him appeared in the Express & Star on 4 September 1915.
  • He was an alumni of Christ Church College, Oxford.