Geoffrey’s parents, Edwin Steinthal and Edith Augusta Rowlandson had married in the Brighton area in the late spring of 1893. The following year, their first child, Margaret was born. The birth was registered at Knutsford as were the births of the couple’s other children – Phyllis in 1896, Geoffrey in 1897 and Leonard in 1898.
In 1901, when a census was taken, the family was living at St John’s Road, Knutsford. 41 year old Edwin was an architect by profession and this provided the family with a very comfortable living. They could afford to employ to three live-in servants – a governess to look after the children together with a cook and a housemaid. The family are believed to have moved to Bowden shortly after this where, in 1914, they were living at “Green Bank” on Langham Road.
Geoffrey was educated at Bowden College and then studied at Holmes Chapel Agricultural College. He enlisted into the army in November 1914, as a private in the “Public Schools Battalion” of the Royal Fusiliers and, as with many young middle class men, was quickly selected to become an officer. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marines in February 1915. He then undertook further training at Deal, Chatham and Portsmouth and, 21 November, he was promoted to Lieutenant and joined Black Prince. He was killed a few months later at the Battle of Jutland.
After the War, when the War Graves Commission collated its casualty information, Mr & Mrs Steinthal had moved to “Wyncote” in Bramhall.