Born in 1891 at Finchley, son of John Mechi (Stock Exchange Clerk, later Dealer) and Martha Whicher Bazin. For all his life the family home was at “Elmstead” Hendon Lane, Finchley. This was the address given in his Probate. He attended Rossall School in Lancashire from 1905-1909, and followed his father into the Stock Exchange where he worked as a Clerk. In 1910 he was admitted to the Honourable Artillery Company.
On 18th September 1914, Sergeant Bazin was sent to France. He was then Commissioned within the Regiment on 21st February 1915, and later assumed the role of Adjutant.
One year on, during the night of 18th September 1915, the Battalion moved into the line facing Bellewaerde Lake near Hooge to the east of Ypres. German positions in this area were being subject to shelling and ground attack to create a diversion from the planned offensive at Loos. The next day Geoffrey Bazin was Killed in Action.
Barely seven weeks after losing her son, Martha Bazin became a widow following the death of her husband John on 5th November 1915.
Geoffrey Bazin seems to have had no personal connection to South Woodford, and it is unclear how his name came to appear on the Choir Stalls Paneling.
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian