Susan Martin, one of the volunteers on the Queen Street project, has provided more information on Geoffrey Henshall Bostock:
Geoffrey Henshall Bostock was born in Wolverhampton in 1897, the son of William Henry Bostock and Annie Bardsley Bostock (nee Garlick). William was an ironmaster with puddling furnaces and rolling mills. In 1901 they are living at 7 Avenue Road, with Geoffrey and his brother, Theodore Garlick, and two servants, Sarah Hawkins and Gertrude Ellis. Between 1909 and 1911 he attended the Society of Friends School at Askworth, Yorkshire. Geoffrey’s mother died in 1905 and the 1911 census shows that the family was still living at the same address with Sarah Hawkins as house keeper, aided by a housemaid and cook.
Geoffrey enlisted in Wolverhampton and joined the 20th Royal Fusiliers, with regimental number 7450. He embarked for France on 14/11/1915. It is surprising he did not become an officer with his background or an NCO. He appeared on a casualty list as wounded 12/12/16 and died at the 2nd Stationary Hospital Abbeville on 20/1/1917. He is buried at Abbeville Community Cemetery Extension. Administration of his estate was given to his father and amounted to £586 8s 7d. His father received £7 2s from the army. He is commemorated on the Roll of Honour in the Lady Chapel in St Peter’s Church and on the memorial of Queen Street Congregational Church. Geoffrey’s brother Theodore who worked in the family business married Julie Margaret Ridges in Queen Street Congregational Church on 11/6/1913. William Bostock died on 2/10/1923 at 24 Woodlands Avenue leaving £28294 13s 1d, with probate to Theodore.