Lieutenant Geoffrey Claude Langdale Ottley DSO Distinguished Service Order


World War 1



KIA Aged 18 at Festubert ay the First Battle of Ypres.
Lieutenant Geoffrey Ottley led his platoon out to take on a German machine gun which was causing great losses to the attacking companies in front. He was hit in the neck, fell, got up again and led his men on, falling again near the German line. He died three days later, a month short of his nineteenth birthday, and remains to this day the youngest ever winner of the DSO.
Commemorated at Fort William (St Andrew) Episcopalian Churchyard, Scotland
Son of Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Ottley, K.C.M.G, C.B., M.V.O. and Lady Ottley

  • Lieutenant Geoffrey Claude Langdale Ottley (HU 124620) Details confirmed in CWGC Son of Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Ottley, K.C.M.G, C.B., M.V.O. and Lady Ottley. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:


Country Location Name of Memorial Campaign Names Date(s)
Scotland Adjacent to Duncansburgh MacIntosh Parish Church The Parade Fort William Lochaber Highland PH33 6BA Fort William War Memorial World War 1
Geoffrey Claude Langdale Ottley 21-3-1914 View

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