Ethics of the Dust - Gerald W. Deighton

Gerald W. Deighton


Gerald W. Deighton (1893-1916)

Captain Gerald William Deighton was born in the later months of 1892, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, to Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Deighton (R.A.M.C.) and Louisa Ellen (née Fisher). Gerald was the youngest son of eight children. His six older siblings included, Francis J., Frederick Montague, John, Dorothy L., Edward Fisher, Winifred Eleanor, and a younger sister Margaret E.

Gerald was educated at Eton College, and in 1908, he received a book as an award from Headmaster Edward Lyttelton. From there, Gerald attended King’s College and graduated with a Classical Honours degree, in 1914.

Gerald enlisted in the military and was Captain of ‘D’ Company, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment but unfortunately on 3 July 1916, he was killed in action. Gerald was awarded Military Cross and Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, he is memorialized on the Thiepval Memorial in France.

In UPEI’s Provenance Collection the book, Ethics of the dust: ten lectures to little housewives on the elements of crystallization by John Ruskin has a bookplate to student “Geraldo W. Deighton” from “E. Lyttelton” dated 1908.


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