Fielding, Gerald Trueman

Fielding, Gerald Trueman

Second Lieutenant

‘B’ Battery, 88th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action on 17 April 1918 (aged 34)

Buried:

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave XXVI. FF. 10)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Trinity College Dublin

BIOGRAPHY

The death of Second Lieutenant Gerald Trueman Fielding was reported in the 4 May 1918 edition of the County Down Spectator under the headline Former Chaplain to Marquis of Dufferin Killed.

Gerald Trueman Fielding was born in Steyning, Sussex around 1884/1865 and he was a son of Major Joshua Fielding and Louisa Matilda Mahala Fielding (nee Hayward).  Their marriage was registered in 1865 in Maidstone, Kent.  After serving with the 4th Dragoon Guards Joshua Fielding became Adjutant in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin and also a Justice of the Peace for the Borough of Dublin.  Joshua and Matilda Fielding had at least three children:

Millicent Grace (born 1 August 1876 in Dundalk, County Louth)

Hedley Vine (born around 1880/1881 in England)

Gerald Trueman (born around 1884/1885 in England).

Gerald Trueman Fielding had an MA degree from Trinity College Dublin and he entered Holy Orders.  In 1907 he was appointed Curate in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s) and at that time he acted as Chaplain to the Marquess (Marquis) of Dufferin and Ava at Clandeboye.

In 1911 the Rev Gerald Trueman Fielding became a Chaplain in the Royal Navy and subsequently, through the Inns of Court Officers’ Training Corps, he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery.

Second Lieutenant Gerald Trueman Fielding was 34 when he was killed in action on 17 April 1918 and he was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium.