LEGGE, Geoffrey Bevington
26 January 1903 – 21 November 1940
At the age of ten in 1913 Geoffrey Legge moved with his parents Henry and Edith to the Nest in Hayes. After the First World War, he joined his father in his firm originally established as paper manufacturing agents. He continued to live with his parents who bought Baston Manor in 1921.
He showed aptitude as a cricketer from an early age and with his brother Philip sometimes appeared for Hayes Cricket Club. He became the youngest cricket county captain in 1928 leading Kent until 1930 and playing for England against S Africa in 1927 and New Zealand 1929/30. This was his last international appearance, although he retained his love of cricket and continued occasionally to play for Hayes.
He married Rosemary Frost of Glebe House in Hayes Church in 1929 and they lived at Nash Farm, Keston. His parents continued to live at Baston until 1934.
Geoffrey became a Lieutenant Commander, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Vulture, in the Second World War. He was killed while flying despatches to Exeter when his plane became lost in the fog, ran out of fuel and crashed on a hillside. He left his widow and four young children.