About Sir Edward Grimwood Mears

Captain 1939 to 1942

Grimwood Mears was called to the Bar and acted as Secretary to the inquiry into the ‘Destruction of Belgium’ in 1915 and to the Inquiry into the Rebelion in Ireland.

He was appointed to Dardenalles Commission 1917-1919. In 1919 he was in New York  accompanying the British Ambassador.

In 1919 Grimwood Mears was appointed Chief Justice to the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, India. In some comments of the time, he was known as ‘the hanging judge’. He was made  a Knight of the Indian Empire and served as Chief Justice until his retirement in 1932. There are numerous mentions of him on Indian websites.

He next appears in a series of letters to the Hampshire Chronicle regarding the actions of the Hampshire War Agricultural Executive Committee and the complaints of the farmer in regard to the limited ploughing of the golf course to aid food production.  

After the war he became involved in fly fishing, principally on the Avon and wrote ‘Sawyers Summer Spur Wing’ a treatise on flies and fly fishing.

In 1896, Mears married Annie, daughter of the late G.P Jacob of Bryngoleu, Shawford.  She died in 1943, leaving one son, Brigadier-General Gerald Grimwood Mears, C.B.E.,  D.S.O.,  M.C., and a  daughter, Isabel.  Sir Edward Grimwood Mears married secondly, in 1951, Margaret Mary Tempest, well known as an author and illustrator, more especially of children’s books

Brigadier Gerald Grimwood Mears,serving in the  Army during the War, died in 1979 and is buried at All Saints Churchyard, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, England..

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