American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783)

The American Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783) resulted from the imposition of taxes on items such as paper (Stamp Act 1765) and molasses (Sugar Act 1764). This formed part of a wider view that the American Colonies should contribute more for their own defence. These taxes were imposed by the British Parliament following the Seven Years War.

This war drove the French out of North America but left Great Britain in debt. The colonies deemed this taxation as unlawful and could not be imposed on them due the lack of representation of the colonies within British Parliament. This unrest would escalate into a rebellion and the start of the American Revolutionary War in 1775.

Cornet Francis Geary, the eldest son of Admiral Sir Francis Geary, who commanded a file of 8 troopers of the 16th (The Queen’s) Light Dragoons was killed in an ambush by the Amwell Militia during a raid to destroy colonial supplies and to see if an American patriot resistance was in existence at Flemington, New Jersey, on December 14th 1776. His body was stripped of his clothing and valuables and hastily buried in the woods close to where he was killed.

Great Bookham Church

Great Bookham Church
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Cornet Geary has two memorials, one at Great Bookham Church, erected by his Family, and one at the spot of his death in New Jersey, erected by his Great Nephew in 1907.

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