Geoffrey Baynes joined the 3rd Hussars at Lucknow in 1900 and served with it throughout the Boer War and until 1912 when he retired.

He rejoined in 1914 on the outbreak of war and went out to France with the Regiment. After being wounded he was posted home and became Adjutant of the 3rd Reserve Cavalry Regiment.

In 1923 he emigrated to Kenya, where he built a lovely home, complete with its private race course. Here he was able to devote his life to breeding and racing – his two chief loves. He became one of the leading amateur jockeys and his stock today is famous throughout Kenya.

When a bad crash steeplechasing put an end to his riding career, he turned his energies to breeding cattle.

Geoffrey Baynes was a kind and generous person and a celebrated host. To the end, he was always interested in the affairs of his old Regiment and was a generous subscriber. He died in August 1953.

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