It was with great sadness that we learnt of the death of Geoff North on 17 January 2021 from Covid-19. Geoff was a member of the Friends of Gloucestershire Archives for many years and became a trustee in October 2019. We will miss his loyalty, friendship and wise counsel.
Geoff, and his late wife Elaine, were stalwarts of the Cheltenham Local History Society and the annual Gloucestershire Local History Association’s History Day, noted for their research, displays and second-hand local history bookstalls. Geoff was a regular visitor to Gloucestershire Archives and a leading expert on WW1 Voluntary Aid Detachment hospitals – he had a file on every one in the county, related photographs and artefacts and gave excellent talks on this topic and others. He and Elaine collected Gloucestershire postcards and original material relating to the Cheltenham area, which Geoff and Steve Blake had been sorting and depositing at Gloucestershire Archives.
He will be greatly missed by us all.