Geoffrey Wynne Bavin was the third of seven children born to Captain John Thomas Bavin, the 12th Queen’s and Mrs Grace Bavin, of Berkhamsted. He was born on 17th July 1897 and was educated at Westminster Abbey choir school, Berkhamsted School and at Sandhurst. He left the Royal Military College in October 1915, obtained his pilot’s certificate in November and his “wings” in early February 1916.
Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Wynne Bavin died on 1st April 1916 when his plane crashed at Upavon in Wiltshire. No one witnessed the accident, but he was seen beginning a descent from a height of 2,000 feet. The machine was a new one which had arrived from Farnborough the day before. A verdict of “Accidental Death” was recorded. His commandant said of him: “He was an extraordinarily fine pilot, and had he lived would undoubtedly have been in the front rank of airmen. On the day of his death he was about to take up a position in the experimental squadron, where his fine flying would make him very useful. He was a clean, straight boy, and is a great loss not only to his family, but to the Service”. His father and two elder brothers had been serving in the war since 1914 and at the time of his death both elder brothers were in France.
Bavin is buried in Rectory Lane Cemetery, adjacent to the memorial archway.