Birth: 7 April 1871

Place or Registered Place of Birth: St. George's, Hanover Square, London, Middlesex

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 20 November 1917 - Aged 46

Place or Registered Place of Death: Killed in Action at Havrincourt Wood, nr. Cambrai, Northern France

Place of Burial: Hermies British Cemetery, Ribemont, France

Father: Harvey Ranking

Mother: Margaret Blake-Humfrey

Spouse(s): Violet Evelyn Paget

Date of Marriage: 27 November 1906

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Farnham, Hampshire


Captain, the Rev. George Harvey Ranking, attached as Chaplain to the Heavy Artillery, who was killed on November 20, was the only surviving son of the late Harvey Ranking, of Mitcham Vale, Taplow, and of Mrs. Ranking, now of 3, Albion-street, Hyde Park. He was born on April 7, 1871, and was educated at Rugby. On leaving school he devoted his leisure to the recently formed Rugby Boys' Club in North Kensington and also was for some years a keen member of the Inns of Court Volunteers. In 1900 he went into residence at Oxford House as secretary. At the age of 32 having decided to take orders he went up to New College, Oxford, and in 1904 was ordained at Winchester Cathedral, becoming curate of Farnham, Surrey. In 1907 he became curate at Lambeth Parish Church and four years later he was appointed curate-in-charge of All Saints Church, Woodlands, near Adwick-le-Street, which had just been built for the miners at Brodsworth Colliery, becoming in 1914 first vicar of that church. In 1915 he was inducted to the living of Fernhurst, Sussex, and in March, 1917, he joined the Army as a temporary chaplain. On the morning of November 20, when operations were due to begin, he started walking to a village nearest the line with comforts for any wounded who might come in, and while in search of wounded cases was killed by a shell. The officer and men of his battery were devoted to him, and his brigadier writes, “I feel that I have lost a personal friend.” He was married on November 27, 1906, to Violet Evelyn, third daughter of the late Colonel Patrick Lewis Cole Paget, of the Scots Guards, and of Mrs. Paget, of Brightwell, Farnham.

George Harvey Ranking was the only son of Harvey and Margaret Ranking, of Hitcham Vale, Taplow. In 1907 he bacame Curate of Lambeth Parish Church. In 1911 he was appointed by the Archbishop of York to the cure of a pit village, Woodlands, near Doncaster. There his church grew from an iron shed to a permament building, and he became the first Vicar of All Saints, Woodlands. In 1915 he was appointed Vicar of Fernhurst, near Haslemere, Sussex. In March, 1917, he was appointed Chaplain to the Forces, crossed over to France and was attached to the 18th Heavy Siege Battery, R.G.A. He was killed instantaneously by a bursting shell, while carrying comforts to the wounded, near Havrincourt Wood, on the first day of the advance on Cambrai, on November 20th, 1917. Age 46. He was buried in the British Cemetery at Hermies.


1881 Census:

Orwell House, Lilbouren Rd, Clifton On Dunsmore, Rugby, Warwickshire
A Student at Rugby School
George Harvey Ranking - Boarder - 9 - Westminster, Middlesex

1891 Census:

1, Delamere Terrace, Paddington, London
Harvey Ranking - Head - Married - 58 - 1833 - Foreign Merchant and Banker - Clapham, Surrey
Margaret Ranking - Wife - 50 - 1841 - Swaffield, Norfolk
Geraldine M. Ranking - Daughter - Single - 27 - Paddington, London
George H. Ranking - Son - Single - 19 - Bankers Clerk - Paddington, London

1901 Census:

Oxford House University Settlement, Derbyshire Street Mape Street, Bethnal Green
George H. Ranking - Boarder - Single - 30 - Secretary (Oxford House) - Westminster, London
Boarding with Bernard R. Wilson - a Clerk in Holy Orders

1911 Census:

135 Lambeth Road, London
George Harvey Ranking - Head - Married - 40 - 1871 - Clerk in Holy Orders - Clergyman - London
Violet E. Ranking - Wife - Married 4 Years - 45 - 1866 - Farnham, Surrey

Captain, The Rev. George Harvey Ranking