16th Light Dragoons
The eldest son of Admiral Francis Geary, his sad story can be
found on GLENN's page, The
Ambush of Cornet Geary. A 24-yr-old Balliol-educated Cornet in
the 16th Light Dragoons, he had his brains blown out in an ambush on
14 December 1776, near Flemington, New Jersey, and was buried in a
shallow grave at the roadside.
Larison's Corner, nr. Flemington, NJ, &
Great Bookham, Surrey
Francis' family erected a memorial to him in their parish church
in England. In 1891, the Hunterdon County Historical Society opened
the grave, and examined the remains. A family member raised a
memorial stone on his grave in 1907. Legend has it that that for many
years an unknown lady had strewn flowers on the grave, and that the
Cornet haunted the wood where he died.
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