The following is a list of the 459 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War.
There was not a month from August 1914 to November 1918 that an Old Malvernian did not become a casualty, with 6 killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915 and 13 killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.
The vast majority of casualties occurred in France and Belgium with 31 names recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres, and 23 at Thiepval. There were also 23 casualties in Turkey due to the Gallipoli Campaign, and 16 in Iraq, including 2 near Kut.
They were in a wide range of regiments including 26 in the Royal Field Artillery, 13 in the Royal Engineers, 12 in the Worcestershire Regt, 11 in the Canadian Inf, 11 in the East Kent Regt (The Buffs), and 5 in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force.
Most were officers with 133 Captains, 125 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
22 received the MC, 5 the DSO and 1 the DCM, as well as 3 knighthoods (the CB, CMG, and MVO).
The information below is based primarily on the memorial books held at Malvern which Ian Quickfall, and now Paul Godsland, the Malvernian Society archivists, have arranged to be digitised with the official memorial web site still in development.
Information was also obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, and the Unit War Diaries and Service Records held at the National Archives in Kew.
The main battles have tried to be identified in which Old Malvernians died in. Many though were killed in the general attrition of Trench Warfare which was so vividly described in the book 'Nothing of Importance' by Bernard Adams.
"A" Coy. 1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born 25 Oct 1892. Son of Julie Emma Abbott, of The Austins, Handsworth, Birmingham, and the late Councillor & Chartered Accountant Edward James Abbott .
“TO SAVE THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS LIFE AND THAT TO US IS EVERYTHING”
There is a life size bronze figure of him at rest in full uniform at St James Church, Handsworth, Birmingham.Ref
Medal Card: WO 372/1/1440
Service record: WO 374/20 Extracts
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2686/1
1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Son of Harold John and Georgina Adams, of St. John's, Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, Kent.
After Malvern where he was a school prefect, he won a scholarship to St John's Cambridge where he studied Classics and Economics.
He enrolled in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November 1914, and was in France from October 1915 to June 7th 1916 where he was wounded. During his convalescence he wrote about his experiences in the trenches in a very detailed and vivid manner in the book 'Nothing of importance'. It can be read online here
He returned to the front in January 1917 and a few weeks later he was severely wounded leading his men in an attack on Serre on the 26th February and died the following day in hospital. His fellow officers included 2nd Lieutenant Siegrfried Sassoon who according to the Unit War Diary was 'struck off' on the same day. Siegrfried Sassoon while at Craiglockart Hospital gave Wilfred Owen his annotated copy of 'Nothing of Importance' when he heard that Owen was going back to the front in October 1917. The book is now in the 'Wilfred Owen Collection' at the Weston Library, part of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Sassoon wrote on the fly leaf that he is referred to as Scott in the book.The full annotations made by Sassoon can be seen here
Biography and here and at back of his book.
Service record: WO 339/14873Extracts
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1665/1
11th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers
Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Adamson, of Kirkhill, Northumberland; husband of Georgiana Adamson, of The Quest, Ponteland, Northumberland.
Service Record: WO 339/20316 Extracts
Medal Card: WO 372/1/20315
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2182/4 (1915 Aug - 1917 Oct)
2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
Born: 11th July 1896 at 10 Montgomery Terrace, Ayr.
Father: William Morison Paterson (Dress Goods Manufacturer).
Mother: Margaret Swale Paterson (M.S. Agar)
At enlistment in May 1915, lived at Edgecombe Hall, Beaumont St, Wimbledon Park, London.
Brother: James A Paterson was killed near Ypres on October 30th 1914.
"He and his company were endeavouring to attain Dewdrop Trench, he was killed by very heavy machine gun fire while being driven back to Rainy Trench."
War Diary says that "he was a splendid officer and his death is a great loss to the Battalion".Ref
Service Record: WO 339/57485Extracts
Medal Card: WO 372/1/26326
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1483/5 (1916 July 1 - 1916 Dec 31)
Father: William Robert Le Guyt Anderson
Mother: Emilie Frances Anderson
Christened: 23 Jan 1884, Holy Trinity, Rugby
Service Number 675725
"C" Bty. 285th Bde.
Royal Field Artillery
3rd Bn. attd. "A" Coy. 1st Bn.
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Son of George Knox Anderson, D.L., J.P., and Mrs. Anderson, of Bridge Hill House, Canterbury, Kent.
During the Battle of Mons, his company was ordered to cover the withdrawal of the cavalry patrols and crossed the Mons-Conde Canal.
Heavily outnumbered, almost half of his company were hit of which 2/3rds were killed or 'missing'.
He was shot through the head and was left behind when the retirement was called and was buried by the Germans.
Led by Lions: MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War By Neil Thornton
2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Son of Edith Ann Anson, and the late Col. George Hamilton Anson.
Medal Card: WO 372/1/100410
No. 3 Cadet Wing Royal Air Force and Reserve of Officers, 2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
D S O, Mentioned in Despatches
Order of Osmanieh, 2nd Class. Son of the Rev. A. Henry Arden (Reader in Tamil and Telugu), University of Cambridge. Served in the South African and Sudan (1912) Campaigns.
Medal card: WO 372/1/109453
11th Bn. attd. 8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Son of the Rev. Charles Lowther Arnold and Mary Delamere Arnold, of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Fareham, Hants.
He went to Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1911, and played cricket for Cambridge University, 1912-14, 5 matches. Hampshire, 1912-14, 16 matches. Free Foresters, 1914, 1 match
Ref:Wisden on the Great War
Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War By Nigel McCrery
Medal card: WO 372/1/118329
8 Bn Royal Fusiliers (1915 June - 1918 Feb) War Diary: WO 95/1857/1
Born June 9th, 1899. Father's Occupation: CaptainP &O. Address: Merivale, Chase Ridings, Enfield
Aircraft DH 9 serial E8869 missing from operations on Aulnoye 24/9/18 - last seen in combat. The Pilot Cpt E.D. Asbury and Observer 2/Lt B.T. Gillman were both killed.
"As" britannique de la WW1, 5 victoires aériennes partagées avec ses observateurs-mitrailleurs au sein du 49 Sqn du RFC, toutes obtenues sur D.H.9, est tué au combat à bord de son D.H.9 matricule E8869 au dessus de la forêt de Mormal, dans le département du Nord.crash-aerien
Service record: AIR 76/12/17 and AIR 79/771/85242
23rd Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery
In 1909 was working aged 20 as an articled clerk to a solicitor (John Carnm Holmes).
Born 30 May 1889. Living at 42 Lancaster Gate, London at time of application for commision in 1915. Had joined the Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry) on 27 Sep 1909 as a Corporal. On active service from 18 Sep 1914 to 7 Feb 1915 when was wounded fom a gun shot wound in the right leg (calf).
Son of John Aste (Corn Factor) and Margaret Aste, Hawthorns, Foxgrove road, Beckenham, Kent & 34 Clement's lane, London.
Died from wounds received in action from a G.S. Wd in the thigh causing a haemorrhage in the femoral artery (Shell a.36).
Service Record: WO 339/28639
Medal Card: WO 372/1/138750
Became a farmer in Western Australia. He had two children and was a widower.
Next of kin: Son, daughter, Parents: Colin Charles and Esther Attwood, The Laurels, Conderton, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England Biography Ancestry
Born May 27th 1891, at Springfield, Leigham Court Road, Streatham.
After Malvern, went to Brasenose College, Oxford in October 1910.
Lived at Foxholes, Chipping Norton, Oxford.
Applied for a commission in the army on the 22 June 1914.
Went to France on the 17th March 1916 with his unit the Royal Horse Artillery 15th Brigade.
As a Lieutenant, took over command of a neigbouring battery during the prelude to the battle of the Somme on the 28th June 1916 as its Commanding Officer was injured.
Killed by a shell at about 3pm on the 28th February.
At time of death was a Captain, but acting Major, which was subsequently confirmed.
Father, Edward Horsman Bailey, lived at 5 Berners street, London and was a solicitor. Mother was Jane Bailey, formerly Rose.
His effects went to his father, with the exception of his pocket book which was of an intimate nature, which went to Mrs Mainby Luxmore, 5 Cumberland House, Kensington Palace.
References (National Archives, Kew):
Service record: WO 374/3114
Medal card: WO 372/1/177612
War Diary of Royal Horse Artillery 15th Brigade : WO 95/2291
15th Bn. attd. 7th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment
Parents: Arthur Baines and Catherine Mary Parkyns Baines, Uley House, Uley, near Dursley, Glos
On 2nd February 1917 orders were issued to establish a line of pickets extending from Kala-Haji-Fahan north-west to the River Tigris in the Dahra bend.
During these operations, 2Lt Baines was killed. His body was never identified or removed from the battlefield and he is commemorated on Panel 17 of the Basra Memorial.
After the war, his widow, Kathleen Haller, resided at Langham House, 197 Albany Street, Regent's Park, London.
Biography at livesofthefirstworldwar
3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Born 9th July 1882. Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh
Address: 3 Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh
He was shot by a sniper after successfully leading his men through several enemy trenches. A fellow officer wrote that “to have got his men together and reached to such a point is a feat of gallantry and dash beyond all praise.”
He played football for Oxford University, captaining the side in 1905. A talented cricketer, he kept wicket for Scotland. He was a chartered accountant.
Service record: WO 339/4981
Surrey in the Great War
‘B’ Company, 10th (Stockbrokers) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
Son of Edward Charles Bambridge, a Lloyd’s insurance underwriter, and Kathleen Sylvia (née Bailey) Bambridge of The Elms, 22 Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon.
At 9pm on the 10th of July 1916, B and C Companies of the 10th Battalion Royal Fusiliers were pushed forward
to relieve the 13th Battalion Rifle Brigade in their attack towards Pozieres on the Somme. The Fusiliers lay in
exposed positions for the next two days under heavy shell fire, suffering a number of casualties but without engaging
the enemy. Frederick Bambridge was wounded on the 13th of July and died later the same day.
His brother, Rupert Charles Bambridge, was a much decorated Captain in the same Battalion, being the holder of the D.S.O., M.C. and M.M. Sadly, he too was killed in action, in May 1918.
Medals sold at auction for £340 in 2004
Lloyd's of London WW1 pdf booklet.
Born 29th April 1891, Boveney, Thornlow Rd, West Norwood. Father:Edward Charles Bambridge. Mother: Kathleen Sylvia Bailey.
DSO, MC and Bar, MM
10th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Home: 29.8.1914 - 29.7.1915
BEF: 30.7.1915 - 18.3.1916
Wounded right hand and right thigh 18.1.1916. Awarded the 'Military Medal'.
On 19.12.1916 wounded by a piece of shell in right arm. He had recovered by 25.3.1917.
1.6.1917 Posted to 10 R F. Joined in the field
29.6.1917 To command B Coy
3.12.1917 Awarded Bar to Military Cross
Died of wounds received in action (Gas).
Next of kin: Edward Charles Bambridge, The Elms, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon
Service record: WO 339/58491
Medal card: WO 372/1/214277
Born: 14th November 1894, Dene Wood, 33 Daleham Gardens, Hampstead. Father Managing director of a Public Company.
Went to Clare College, Cambridge. Lived at 5 Green Street, Cambridge.
Applied for Commission in May 1914 in 3rd Btn, East Kents (The Buffs).
Attached to 1st Bn, The Buffs
Father: Colonel Arthur Saxby Barham, Hole Park, Rolvernden, Kent
Mother: Annie Gertrude Barham formerly Edwards
Service record: WO/339/14067
Born 10th October 1886, Acocks Green Birmingham.
134th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Diseembarked at Salonica on 20.8.1916
On October 1st 1916, telegram sent stating that he disembarked at Malta from Salonica suffering from Malaria.
Died of Dysentery.
Next of kin: . Tom & Marianne Birkett Barker, Lapworth Croft, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire. Father's Occupation: Engineer (Consulting).
Occupation: Solictor. Address: Exchange Buildings, New Street, Birmingham
Service Record: National Archives Ref: WO 339/50906 Medal Card
Born 28th June 1883, Wolverhampton.
8th Btn Staffordshire regiment.
12.10.1917. Houthurst Wood. A bullet passed through the soft parts of left forearm between the bones. No injury to bones, vessels or nerves. The wound has healed. (8th Nov 1917).
Next of kin: H. M. Barlow (Brother), 32 Scholars Road, Balham, SW12
Ref: Service Record: WO 339/67028
Date of birth: 21.6.1875
Appointed Captain 18.1.1915
'Suicide whilst of unsound mind'.
A newspaper account stated that he suffered from varicose veins, which had not been cured by an operation, leading to insomnia due to severe pain. He was also very worried about being able to carry out his duties. He was found hanged early on Sunday morning.
He had previously been a Medical Health Officer in Cambridge, Hong Kong and Egypt.
Grantees of Will: Rev Arthur Thomas Barnett and Harold Thomas Barnett.(Brothers of deceased).
Service Record: National Archives Ref: WO 339/19776
16th Bn London Regiment & RFC.
Wounded in Sep 1916.
Report of medical board 20th Sep 1916:
Service: 25 months
Disability: 'wound of knee'
'This officer is suffering from injury detaikle on form A45a attached. In addition he is suffering from exhaustion neurosis brought on by 15 months continuous & arduous active service. At Gommecourt on July 21st his battalion was wiped out, only 150 men remaining after an attack on the German trenches. He has been suffering from diarrhoea, palpitations, headaches, exhaustion, dyspepsia, & insomnia & is subject at times to attacks of nervousness.'
'The board find that this officer fell in a front line trench & sustained a slight abrasion of the knee which has now healed. He is suffering from exhaustion nervosis as detailed in a45 attached'.
Dec 30th 1916. Wound of the left knee is now completely healed.
Missing 29.4.1917. Next of Kin: A. L. Barwwell, The Tower, Ascot, Bucks.
Extract from GHQ 109s: 'Information has been received from a German message dropped into our lines that the above named officer was killed'.
Officer was shot down flying Nieuport single seater Scout A/6745 near Beaumont west of Douia.
'April 29th, about 7pm a British bi-plane engaged 5 or 6 German planes near Beaumont in the direction of Henin Lietard. The combat lasted a full half hour.'
Service Record: WO 374/4529
7th Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Born: Oct 21st 1890, St Margarets Twickenham
Father: Walter James Beall (Lace Agent) Manchester House, Friday Street, London
Mother: Isabel Mary Beall.
4 Siblings: Isabel, Kathleen, John, Alan
Service record: WO 339/7776
Born: March 17th 1897
Address: 6 St Pauls Rd, Preston, Paignton, Devon
Went to Park House Prep School, Devon before Malvern
9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.
Joined btn in the field on 22.12.1916
Next of kin: Mrs Diana Bell (Mother), Ladies Army & Navy Club, Burlington Gardens. She was a widow and lost her only child.
Service record: WO 339/41254
5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers
Born Nov 5th 1874, Bayford House, Rosslyn Park, Hampstead. Father: Alfred Bell (Artist in Glass). Mother: Jane Bell formerly Burlison.
Address (1916): Mount Pleasant Drake near Tenterfield, New South Wales formerly 6 Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead, and 40 Regents Park Road
Owned 1280 acres of land at Jenny Lind County
Brother: John Clement & Otto Joseph Bell
Sisters: Edith Margaret Underwood (widow), Rosaling Bessie Larkworthy, Cecilia Florence Osmond, Aelfrida Teresa Bell (spinster)
Service record: WO 374/5494
Born July 6th 1894
Address: Hill Place, Farnham Royal, Bucks
Embarked: 10th Sept 1915
To England: 24th July 1916. Myalgia from kick by horse on July 17th 1916. He was exercising hir horse which fell when jumping a wall, rolled over, & kicked him in the back of right hip.
Embarked: 24th May 1917
Wounded: 7th Aug 1917 and 18th May 1918
Next of kin: Sir James Bell (Father), 4 Queens Gardens, Osborne Road, Windsor
Service record: WO 374/6145
Son of Major Otto J. Bell of 7 Palliser Court Baron's Court London and the late Sybil Ormond Bell
Born Oct 20th 1896, Mhow, Central India
On the 25th Sept 1916, he was buried under the bricks of a house wall knocked down by a shell and sustained an injury to his left knee
Next of Kin: Mrs Alexandra Philippa Bennett (mother), c/o Messrs Thomas Cook & Son, Bombay
Siblings: Hugh & Helen
NB: Malven College in 1919 sent details of the proposed war memorial and the roll of honour to the war office which are now in his service record file.
Service record: WO 339/55508
Joined the R.A.M.C. on May 1st 1915 and shortly afterwards left Aldershot for Alexandria. He was appointed to the Hospital Ship "Assaye" and was engaged in transporting the wounded from Gallipoli through the summer and autumn. Subsequently he was attached as Medical Offocer to the Berkshire Yeomanry and with them joined the Western Frontier Force of Egypt in the campaign against Senussi. In this he was completely happy and declared that he had at last found the ideal form of warfare.
The official account of his death stated:-
'On 10th March at Berrani - seeing a man drowning - plunged off rock into heavy surf with all his clothes on to rescue. Immediately a big wave broke over him and he disappeared. Body found later with large wounds, head, apparently Anti-Mortem.'
1/4th Btn Loyal North Lancashire Regt
Born: Feb 26th 1894. Father: Mr William Findlay Best (Hop Merchant), Altadore, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancs
Mother: Ellen Ann Best formerly Wesfall
3.5 years at Malvern OTC
Occupation: Hop Merchant
2nd Lieut on 24th Feb 1915
Service record: WO 374/6145
10th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Mentioned in Despatches
Born: 27 Dec 1884, Poonah, Bombay, India
Address: Cambridge House, Camberwell Road, London
Applied on 15 Aug 1914
Son of Col. Edward Hugh Bethell, of 18, Hyde Park Square, London, W.2., and the late Mrs. Bethell. Barrister-at-Law of the Inner Temple.
Service record: WO 339/18086
133rd East Cheshire Heavy Battery R.G.A.
Mentioned in Despatches
Son of George and Ellen Maud Bickham. Born at Alderley Edge, Manchester.
Address: Hill View, Alderley Edge, Cheshire formerly of 8 Great Marlborough St, Manchester
Died at Lyndhurst, Altrincham
Brother: Walter Saxon Bickham
Sister Miss Bickham, 33 Bath Lane, Newcastle on Tyne
Service record: WO 339/48261
6th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
Son of The Rev. Canon Bingham Stevens and Mrs. Bingham Stevens, of The Beck, Wateringbury, Kent.
Service record: WO 339/11531 Geni Profile inc biography Also and war diary extract and at Keble
6th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
Mentioned in Despatches
Born: June 13th 1894. Son of William Neill Black and May Gordon Black, of Olleworth Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos
University of Cambridge
Address: Otter head, Taunton Somerset
Service record: WO 339/12710
42nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
Son of Mrs A.D. Blackader of 236, Mountain Street, Montreal. Husband of Kathleen Blackader, of 242, Sherbrooke Street, West Montreal
Canadian virtual war memorial
Biography at dictionary of architects in Canada
1st Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Son of Lt. Col. A. S. Blair, C.M.G., T.D., and Mrs. Elinor W. Blair, of 36, India St., Edinburgh. Educated at Edinburgh Academy, Malvern College and R.M.A., Woolwich
Picture and short biography
10th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Son of George Farncombe Blake and Mary Elizabeth Blake, of King's Heath, Birmingham
8th Bn. attd. 14th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Twice Mentioned in Despatches
Born 21st October 1893, Manor House, Wilnscote, Warwick
Address: The Lees, Malvern
6 Jan 1915. Corporal James Robert Blake to be Second Lieutenant.
13.9.1916 Medical Board: 'He has been in France for 17 months. He contracted measles on 13/8/16 and this was followed by laryngitis and pneumonia. He was admitted to hospital on 7/9/16.'
Sister: Beatrice Elizabeth Blake
Bretforton Vicarage, Honeybourne, Worcestershire
Son of James Edward Huxley Blake and Beatrice Harriet Blake (formerly Milward), of 4, College Yard, Worcester
Missing at Courcelette.
Service Record: WO 374/7021
8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
Born 13 March 1890. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Eustace Blake
Experience: Ceylon Platers Rifle Corps & Malvern College Cadet Corps
Became a Tea Planter in Ceylon and came home to join in the early days of the War.
Mother: Mrs Blake, Groton House, Boxford, Suffolk and Hillside Cottage, Steeple Aston, Oxon and Fairlawn, Maskeliya, Ceylon
Service record: WO 339/40971
124th Bty. 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Son of Inspector General T. C. Bolster, R.N., and Mrs. Bolster; husband of Mary C. Bolster, of "Woodlands," Meopham, Kent.
1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born 10th June 1896, Tamworth, The Common, Mitcham, Surrey
Son of Henry Peters Bone (Member of the stock exchange) and Lilian Maude Bone formerly Watney, of 5, Hamilton Mansions, Hove, Sussex.
Brother: Cyril Bone (age 11)
Service record: WO 339/42473
22nd Bn. London Regiment
Born: 8th November 1891 at 2 Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent
Son of Arthur Boosey (Music Publisher) and Lucy Ashton Boosey formerly Whitehead, of "The Cedars," Bromley Common, Bromley, Kent.
2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Became 2nd Lieutenant on 15th March 1913.
Brother: Captain N. W. Boosey 22nd London Regiment was handed the personal possessions.
Service record: WO 374/7603
6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
Born 20th June 1886 in Castres, St. Lucia, West Indies. Son of Mr. John Henry and Mrs. Caroline Sophia Bostock.
Killed by by a shell, on Hill 60, Ypres. 'He was found, notebook in hand, and pipe in his mouth.'
Biography at bostock.net
1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
Born July 8th 1896, Langton Lodge, Hendon, Middlesex. Son of William Bower (Bachelor of Medicine) and Edith Corinna Bower formerly Carroll, late of Hendon, Middx and Clywd Hall, Ruthin and 'Coed Mawr', Holywell, Flintshire
Went to Cambridge University and then to the Royal Military College, January 1915
Died from appendicitis.
Service record: WO 339/56299
2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
Son of the late Rear-Admiral Robert Hornby Boyle.
'Killed in the act of summoning aid for a fellow officer who had just been wounded. He was buried by his own men close to where he fell.'Biography IWM
6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Born 27th October 1889 at 2 Church Road, Ashford. Son of Henry James Bracher (Solicitor) and Marian Alexandra Bracher formerly Neale, of Church House, West Malling, Kent, and of Clock House, Lunton, Kent, and 33 Earl Street, Maidstone.
Corporal of D Coy, 19th Batt, Royal Fusiliers from 2nd Sept 1914 to 15th May 1915
Service record: WO 339/3610
Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Son of the Rev. William Bramley-Moore; husband of Nellie Bramley Moore, of 10729, 98th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. Born in London, England.
He was a polictician in Alberta Canada and wrote about the exploitation of Alberta by eastern Canada.
He was shot by a German sniper in March 1916 and died in hospital in April 1916.
1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Only son of Francis Briggs, of Huntington, Haddington, East Lothian
Went to Clare College, Cambridge in 1896.
Served in the Boer War.
Book: Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students ..., Volume 2
18th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Son of Marion Annie Brockbank, of "Ulverscroft," 19, Adelaide Terrace, Waterloo, Liverpool, and the late R. M. Henry Brockbank.
Became a partner in his father's firm of African produce merchants.
He enlisted in 1914, became a Captain in March 1916, and was in command of 1 Company, 18th Battalion.
On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he led his men into action. He was shot twice by a machine gun and died. It was his 32nd birthday.
After being hit, he refused to seek shelter and asked to remain in the open so that he could continue to cheer on his men.
He was heard shouting "go on, number one" - a memory that stayed with the men of his company.
2nd Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Son of Edward and Katharine L. Brocklehurst, of Kinnersley Manor, Reigate, Surrey.
Joined the 28th Btn London Regiment as a Private and embarked to France on 24th October 1914. Left on 25th May 1915 to be a 2nd Lieut posted to 2nd Bn Royal West Surrey Rgt.
Promoted to Captain on 20th August 1915.
Wounded in action on 25th September 1915. Sustained a shell wound of the right buttock, the fragment still remaining. An unsuccessful attempt was made at removal on October 5th 1915.
Rejoined Btn in the Field on 15th February 1916
Killed near Mametz.
Buried on the on the Mametx-Montarcon Road, 1/2 mile N E of Mametz and 2 miles North West of Mancourt.
Service record: WO 339/804
Prince of Wales's Coy., 1st Bn. Welsh Guards
D S O
Son of the late Henry and Mary Elizabeth Bromfield; husband of Ethel Philippa Bromfield. Served in the South African War.
Chief Constable of Radnorshire
Leaves a widow and a son.
1st Bn Wiltshire Regiment
Son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Morris Mitchelson Brooke and May Brooke, London House, Dawlish, South Devon
Father was at Lucknow, India at time of son's death.
' Lt Brooke was my platoon oficer; he was a tall fair fellow and he only joined a week before we went over the top, at Bouzincourt. We went over at Leipzic Salient in the morning and he was hit by a machine gun just after we got over the top, no more than three yards from me. He fell and lay quite still and I took him to be dead. We went on and took the German trench and have held it ever since. We were relieved that evening. The wounded were picked up, but not the dead. Mr Brooke was a very good officer'. (Informant F Salmon B Coy, Sept 10th 1916).
'He was hit in the lower part of his abdomen. He fell on his back and did not speak or move, and there was blood on his clothes. We were not allowed to halt for anything, but I and another man dragged him into a shell-hole for safety. I saw no more of this officer. (Testimony of Pte Salmon).
'Brooke was killed between the lines near Thiepval' (Testimony of Pte Westcott).
Service record: WO 339/45922
211th Sqdn. Royal Air Force
Born: May 28th 1898, Hither Green. Son of Herbert A. J. Brouncker (Insurance Broker) and Alice Mabel Brouncker, of The Elms, Parkside, Eltham, London.
Service record: WO 339/124287
13th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
Born: 27-Jan-1886. Son of Anthony and Jane Chalmers Brown, of "Broomhill," Southend Rd., Beckenham, Kent.
History scholar, New College, Oxford.
Lectured at the London School of Economics, and then became a Lecturer in economics at Durham University.
Author of ‘The Influence of the French Revolution on English History’.
'He was wounded whilst engaged in observation in front of the trenches at Armentieres, and was rescued under circumstances of great heroism by Private Kenny, his observer, and by Captain White with a party of men. Private (later Sergeant) Kenny was awarded the VC and Captain White the MC.
Lieutenant Brown died of his wounds before he reached the dressing station.'
41st Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps
Born 22nd April 1896. Son of Bertram and Kathleen Browning, of "Rutleigh," 46, Furze Lane, Purley, Surrey.
He was attacked by a number of German Jastas while on patrol and was killed in an FE8 (A4873).
1st/5th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
T D (Territorial Decoration)
Son of Joseph and Elizabeth L. Brutton, of Yeovil, Somerset.
Worked in Father's brewery as 'Maltster, Brewer & Wine Merchant' .
He was hospitalised with malaria and died at Ambala Station Hospital.
2nd Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Son of the late Herbert Edward Bull (Brewer) and of Mabel Bull (formerly Bristow), of Castle House, Buckingham.
Service record: WO 339/22611
Captain 27th Punjabis. Fell in action in Mesopotamia.
Elder son of Frederick Shore Bullock (Indian Civil Service) and Alexandrina Margaret Bullock.
Gravestone memorial at Brompton Cemetery
88th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Born September 25th 1897
Address Wellers, Ashington, Sussex
Next of kin: Lorna Heywood Burgoyne (sister) and Miss B Morgan (Aunt-Guardian), Wellers, Ashington, Sussex
Service Record: WO 339/49394
70th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and 6th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
Only Son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Burke, of Cloonee, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
He entered Sandhurst in May, 1915, and received his commission in November, 1915.
Sisters: Rose (age 12) & Olivia (age 8) in 1916.
Service Record: WO 339/54935
Royal Naval Air Service
Born: January 1st 1891. Son of Philip Wathen Bush and Maria Louisa Bush, of The Old Manor House, Keynsham Bristol.
Gained Aviators Certificate on 20 August 1915 at Royal Naval Flying School, Eastchurch. He was one of the first airmen to be based at Fishguard Naval Air Station RNAS, and on his first flight there took off in a Sopwith Baby seaplane, N1033, which had been fitted with a new engine, on the morning of 22 April 1917 on a test flight, carrying a full load of bombs, but the seaplane failed to gain height at take off and struck power cables, which sent it crashing into the cliff face. Two 16 pound bombs exploded. Pilot was Badly Burnt.
Biography at Canada at war RAF Museum Final Flights
11th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
Born October 8th 1894
Son of Sidney Edward Percy and Ethel Cade, of Titchfield, Fareham, Hants.
Matriculated from University of London in 1913
Service Record: WO 339/19679
Special List attd. 2nd Bn. Wiltshire Regiment
Born 3rd April 1894. Son of Charles Hugh and Emily Carden, of Newnham Lodge, Royston Park Rd., Hatch End, Middlesex, and 28 Onslow Gardens, Muswell Hill
At Malvern, he was head of House No 3, won football and cricket house colours, and was in senior swimming team.
In December 1914, he was gazetted to the Special List as 2nd Lieutenant, and was placed in charge of the machine-gun section of the 2nd Battalion, Wiltshire Regiment.
Killed at the battle of Neuve Chapelle
3rd Bn. attd. 8th/10th Bn. Gordon Highlanders
Born: May 5th 1896 in the Federal Malay State (now Singapore)
Son of Helen Carey, of Springvale, Whitchurch, Oxon., and the late Edward Valentine Carey.
11th King Edward's Own Lancers (Probyn's Horse)
Son of the Rev. George Charles Carter, of The Rectory, Bartlow, Cambs.
He was killed during the rising at Tal Afar in northern Iraq after that place was included in Iraq. Tal Afar was used as a base of operations for a planned revolt against the then ruling British.
16th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and General List
Born 29 March 1894. Son of ArthurCartwright (H.M. Inspector of Schools in Worcestershire) and Ellen Mabel Cartwright, of Rothbury, Hay, Hereford
Service Record: AIR 79/745/82127 and AIR 76/79/36
8th Regt. South African Infantry formerly Transvaal Scottish, S.A. Forces
Son of Marie Emily Cassidy, of Johannesburg, and the late Arthur Ardagh Cassidy.
Commissioned Aug., 1915. Twice previously wounded.
60th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and Welsh Regiment
Son of Brig. Gen. J. E. Caunter, C.B., C.B.E., and Mrs. Caunter, of "Elm Bank", St. Mary Church, Devon.
Address: 26 Nicholas Street, Chester.
Joined 1st Btn Welch Regiment in the field on 8/10/15
Disembarked at Salonica via Marseilled & Alexandria on 27/11/15
Embarked for Egypt on transfer to RFC at Salonica on 26/11/16
Killed in action on Passchendaele Ridge
Service record: WO 339/3550
1st/4th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
'His last thought was for others, for when his trench came under fire , he refused to take shelter until he had seen all his men were under cover. He had just got the last man to a place of safety when he was killed… He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant last August at the age of 17. His keenness and capability had already won him the reputation of being one of the most promising young officers in the regiment.’ (The Malvernian)
Born May 29th 1898, Wentworth, Yorkshire
Father: Robert William Clarke (Mining and Civil Engineer in India, and in 1916 T.C.O Staff Captain in France)
Mother: Mrs R W Clarke, Tembrani, Redcliffe Road, Paignton, S. Devon
Occupation: Engineer's apprentice at Vickers Ltd, Sheffield
He was commissioned in August 1915 in the service of the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps.
In February 1917 he was in the Machine Gun Corps. He fought in the First World War between July 1917 and October 1917, in France, and then transferred to the 74th Punjabis in November 1917 in the Indian Army.
He died at Station Hospital, Agra, Bengal, India, from endocarditis.
Ref the Peerage
Sevice Record: WO 339/76041 Machine Gun Corps
10th Bn. Canadian Infantry
Born: March 22nd 1884. Son of Tredway Sydenham Clarke and Constance Clarke, of Eagle Butte, Alberta.
He went to Cambridge and won an open Classical Exhibition at St Catherine's College.
Went to Canada in 1905 and took up land near Eagle Butte , Medicine Hat , Alberta -Rancher
In 1910 he obtained an appointment under the Dominion Forestry Department which he held until september 1913
Biography Ypres-salient Canadian great war project Eastbourne College
D Coy, 5th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
Born 22nd April 1890, Ross, Herefordshire
Son of the Rev. William Shuttleworth Clarke, M.A., Vicar of Marstow, Ross, Herefordshire, and Maria Brandram,
He went to St. John’s College, Cambridg where he was noted for athletics, coming 2nd in the mile and winning the 3 miles in 1912.
Occupation — Master at Golden Parsonage Preparatory Schol, Hemel Hempstead.
He volunteered in 1914 and was killed near Hooge.
L/Corpl. C. Kelcowyn wrote, “On September 25 we were ordered to take two lines of trenches; we advanced about dawn and captured the first line. Just then I was struck by a bursting shell. Captain Clarke was struck by the same shell. He was hit in several places. We crawled into the communication trench and lay there. Captain Clarke had his flask with him and he gave me some drink from it. He said, ‘Cheer up, lad,’ and I think he died from loss of blood.” And Sergt. F. Langford, “From the men who came out of the charge on 25 September and were near him at the time I know how magnificently he fought, he died a hero. This is how his memory is revered in this battalion.”
Service record: WO 339/19681
Unit War Diary: WO-95-1902-1
Memorial Baroque tablet on the South wall of St Matthew, Marstow
Biography: Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman <
190th Machine Gun Coy. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Born in Coonoor India in 1897 to Captain Robert William Clarke Royal Engineers and Dorothy Ann St Aubyn late of Thurcroft Hall .
Joined the Public School Battalion of the Royal Naval Division in May 1915 obtaining a commission in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as sub-lieutenant in the following November in 63rd Royal Naval Division 190th Brigade Machine Gun Corps.
He was killed on 30th December 1917 at the battle of Cambrai.
His commanding officer wrote to his mother - "I cannot tell you how it grieves me to inform you of the death of your son beside his guns, fighting the enemy to the last. Your son has served under me for a considerable time, and I always admired him for his strength of will and capabilities. A naturally shy, reserved officer he was popular with us all, and we shall all miss him terribly. I believe he died in a very gallant manner".
Born 30th October 1895, Nasik, Bombay
Father: John Wilkins Clarkson (Lt Colonel Indian Army)
Mother: Mrs. Eva M. L. Clarkson, The Hut, Esher (widow)
Address: Westbourne, Lee on Solent, Hants
Joined Regt in France on 25th October 1915 via Southampton and Rouen.
On 27th June 1916, embarked at Marseilles and disembarked at Basrah on 26th July 1916.
Killed in action is Mesopotamia
Service record: WO 339/23625
NB the 13th Hussars were involved with the capture of Baghdad in March 1917, so it seems the memorial book inscription ' of 'Killed in action at the Somme' is a mistake.Ref
6th Bn. Border Regiment
Born: 15 Feb 1888, Shire House
Son of Calder Hurst Clegg (Cotton Manufacturer) of Shire House, Littleborough, Lancs and Kendal, Westmorland.
Mother: Mary Ann Clegg formerly Thompson
Brother: Edmund Berwick Clegg
Address: Hawes Mead, Kendal
Killed in action at Gallipoli
Service record: WO 339/11511
King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) attd. 6th Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment)
Born: 28th October 1885 in Paddington, London
Son of J. Somervail Clerk and Dora Somervail Clerk (nee Carew), of Foresters, Windlesham, Surrey.
BA at Merton College, Oxford in 1908.
Assistant Master at Windlesham School.
He was killed at Arras whilst leading his company into action.
His Commanding Officer wrote to his parents:
"Your son was killed on the morning of 9th April to the lasting sorrow of his many friends here. His death was almost instantaneous… His loss will be felt by us all… He played the game until the last dying at the head of his company."
Son of Maj. Gen. Carleton B. L. Clery and Mrs. Jessie Violet Clery.
From the Battalion War Diary:
'On 11 March, 1915, at about 8pm, 4 King’s (Liverpool) Regt left Vieille Chapelle and made their way to Richebourg St Vaaste where they billeted at about midnight. The Battalion was shelled heavily by the Germans the following day which resulted in the following casualties: 2nd Lt Carleton Lumley St Clair Clery (Unattached List Indian Army attd 4 KLR) killed, 2nd Lt Thomas Guy Pocock wounded, 2 other ranks were killed and 13 wounded.' Ref
97th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
M C & Chevalier Legion D'Honneur (France).
Born: August 7th 1894. Son of Robert John and Eleanor Maud Collyns, of Bilboa, Dulverton, Somerset.
Address: 8 Richmond Hill, Clifton, Bristol
May 27th 1918 Chalons le Verguer. The sections and attached infantry, commanded by Capt R H Collyns RE left under orders to report to 110th Inf Bde and thereafter came under the orders of the 64th Inf Bde and were detailed to act with 15th DLI in holding the line of the light railwat west of Cauroy.
May 29th 1918 Capt R H Collyns RE severely wounded holding main line of Railway at Muizon on the Vesle River.
Died of wounds received in action on May 29th 1918.
Memorial in Dulverton Church.
Service Record: WO 339/109012
Medal Card: WO 372/4/217557
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2144/1
Son of Arthur Burton Cook and Alice Anne Cook, of "Sunlea," Sheringham, Norfolk.
Unit War Diary 20 Hussars: WO 95/1140/2
C M G, D S O, Twice Mentioned in Despatches
Son of George Ward Cook, of Hoylake; husband of Alice Cook (nee Dorman), of The Dower House, Quatt, Bridgnorth, Salop. Served in the South African Campaign.
In March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive, two mixed cavalry regiments were commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Cook, called Cook's Detachment. They acted as a relief force, and were ordered on 26th March 1918 to mount up and ride to Cattigny to help the French who retired. The Germans surrounded the detachment and overwhelmed them. George Cook was killed in the fighting and his body was never identified.
Biography at British Empire site
Unit War Diary 20 Hussars: WO 95/1140/2
22nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry
Born: 15th Oct 1886
Father: Rev Alfred Hands Cooke
Address: Aldenham School, Elstree and Clydesdal, Priory Rd, Malvern
Left W Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli on August 7th 1915, and was in hospital in Alexandria from August 10th to November 1st suffering from a gunshot wound in the foot, followed by gastritis, and general debility.
The battalion entrained at Poperinghe near Ypres on the 22nd March 1918 for the Somme.
At 6.45pm on the 24th March they were 500 yards west of Potte Wood and across the Pertain-Morchain road.
At 9am on the 25th March, the enemy attacked in strength and it was found necesary to withdraw owing to own flanks being isolated, and a line was taken on the NE of Pertain which after being held for about an hour, again with flanks in the air, it was decided to retire on to Omiecourt. The position was taken up about 12 noon and held until orders were issued for the Bn to withdraw at 4pm to Chaulnes Rioge NE of Chaulnes.
Estimated casualties: 14 officers and 400 Other Ranks.
Killed in action near Monchy in France.
Service Record: WO 339/2039
Medal Card: WO 372/4/245708
Unit War Diary 22 Battalion Durham Light Infantry:WO 95/1702/1
3rd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Son of Alexander and E. J. Cooke, of Nottinghill House, Belfast.
Prior to 1914 he served with the South African Police and was assisting as Adjutant in the Ulster Volunteer Force upon the outbreak of war. He was killed in action, near Ypres, on 26 May 1915
Ref: IWM Bond of Sacrifice
12th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment
Born 24th Sept 1885, Sevenoaks, Kent
Permanent Address: Gravel Hill, Boxmoor, Herts
Address for Correspondence: A Battery, 85th Brigade RFA, Colchester
Received commission in Royal Field Artillery
Service Record: WO 339/23383
Mentioned in Despatches
Son of Alexander Hill Cooper, W.S., of 54, Manor Place, Edinburgh, and West Glenturret, Crief.
'Mobilised in August 1914. Lieutenant in Ayrshire Yeomanry, and
later attached to Royal Scots Fusiliers. Served in Gallipoli from
September 1915 till evacuation, and afterwards in Egypt and Palestine.
Wounded in advance to Palestine and killed in action near Gaza on
30th August 1917. Promoted Captain. Mentioned in Dispatches.'
Ref: National Library of Scotland
Killed in action 'G. S. W. Chest'
Service record: WO 374/15421
Medal card: WO 372/5/16490
Born: 20th May 1896, 27 Longridge Road, Brompton, Kensington
Father: The Hon Frederick Hugh Mackenzie Corbet (Barrister, Honorary Executive Officer for Ceylon at the Imperial Institue in 1896, Advocate General of Madras in 1914), College Bridge House, Egmore, Madras
Mother: Eila Louise Mary Corbet formerly Campbell
Brother: Reginald Vincent Corbet who was also at Malvern and was killed in action.
Sister: Constance Eila Corbet
Education: King's College School Wimbledon 1909-1912, Malvern College 1912-1914
Address: 4 College Grounds, Gt Malvern in 1912, The Newton Hotel, Newton Porthcawl, Glamorgan at time of probate.
Died at 2.45am on 25th January 1916 at Lady Ridley's Hospital, 10 Carlton House Terrace where he had been since June 10th 1915 after prevously being in No 7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, as a result of wounds received in action from a shell wound in the neck on May 7th 1915 at Ypres.
From 1st Welsh Regiment War diary:
7th May 1915, Ypres. Arrived GHQ line in support 4am & stood to as heavy firing heard. Shelled at intervas all day.
At 10pm 'A' Coy sent out to dig & hold trench on left of NF.
8th May . Strong German attack on our trenches. Left & centre of 83rd Bde broken by concentrated shell fire, leaving right of 84th Bde exposed. Germans forced a way in & worked up 84th Bde by enfilade fire assisted by heavy bombardment in front. Bn occupied GHQ line
9th May In GHQ lines. Very heavy shelling 3-5pm but very few casualties.
The dedication on the book 'Tell England' by Ernest Raymond reads as follows:
'To the Memory of Reginald Vincent Campbell Corbet who fell, while a boy, in the East and George Frederick Francis Corbet who passed, while a boy, in the West is affectionately dedicated what little is best in this book, nothing else in it being worthy of them. '
Ref: Invision Zone forum
Service record: WO 339/2697
War Diary 1 Welch Regiment: WO-95-2277-4
Wikipedia: Tell England
Mentioned in Despatches
5th Bart. Born 19/08/1892. Son of th late Sir Walter Orlando Corbet, 4th Bart. and Lady Caroline Douglas Stewart (now Mrs. R. B. Astley).
His elder brother died at Eton.
He was killed just south of Givenchy in the retreat from Mons.
He was due to be married at Moreton Corbet Church. There is a memorial tablet on the South Wall.
Livesofthefirstworldwar Biography on Fickr
1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Son of Hon. F H M Corbet, Madras. Born:1894. Brother to George Frederick Francis Corbet.
Malvern College: School prefect. Head of House, Champion Athlete, House XI Football.
Medal card: WO 372/5/22337
5th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment
Son of Fred B and Florence Coulson
Memorial at Grimsby St. James Kalendar
Wounded due to German bombardment of village of Bienvillers on Sunday 4th June. He died of his wounds over 2 weeks later.
A Lack of Offensive Spirit?: The 46th (North Midland) Division By Alan MacDonald
G.H.Q. Troops Supply Col. 55th Coy. Army Service Corps
Born: August 31st 1895, 11 Belgrave Gardens, Hougham, Kent
Father: Colonel Edward Arthur Waldegrave Courtney C.M.G., C.B.E (late Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Army Service Corps)
Mother: Hilda Maria Courtney formerly Chapman
8th November 1916, admitted to Stationary hospital, Boulogne with furunculosis (boils).
Died from dysentery at 46th Stationary Hospital Etaples on 9th August 1918.
Service record: WO 339/44431
Medal card: WO 372/5/46205
3rd Bn. Royal Scots and then 12th Bn The Royal Scots
Born 8th December 1892 at Moray House, Edinburgh. Son of Alexander Cowan (Papermaker) and Alice Buchanan Cowan (nee Comrie Thomson), of Valleyfield, Penicuik, Midlothian.
Education: Malvern & Pembroke College, Cambridge
Suffered in March 1915 from diarrhoea for 10 days, and then sent to hospital for bronchitis.
In January 1916, suffering from bronchial catarrh which was better by 6th July 1916, 3rd Bn The Royal Scots
In April 1917, he was recovered from Bronchitis & Phthisis
Died at No 51 Staionary Hospital in France of wounds received in action (12th Bn The Royal Scots)
There is a stained glass window above a cross dedicated to his memory at the Church of St James the Less in Penicuik.
Ref: Scotlandswar Church
Service record: WO 339/10312
1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment
Born 6th October 1893. Son of John Selwyn Cowley,Surgeon & J.P., and Lilian Fuller Cowley, of Willow Bank, Upton-on-Severn, Worcs.
Service record: WO 339/9335
Rembrance ceremony at Upton
6th Bn. South Wales Borderers
Born on 1st October 1879 in London, the 2nd son of Richard Irvine Crawford, a retired Colonel from the Indian Staff Corps, and his wife, Clara.
Address: 69 Linden Gardens, Bayswater formerly of 28 De Vere Gardens, Kensington
Joined in Sept 1914
Captain in the 5th South Wales Borderers (Pioneers) until 15th July 1916 when he was given majority and sent as 2nd in Command to the 8th North Stafforshire Regt.
On the 21st July 1916 he was wounded by a shell at Bazentin-le-Petit.
On 2nd July 1917, medical board stated he was now fit for general service after suffereing from a G.S.W. Scapular region, psoriais (due to sepsis) and colitis.
On the 3rd August 1917, during the battle of Passchendaele, the War diary stated the conditions were terrible with heavy rain and mud thigh deep and there many casualties.
On the 4th August 1917, they it was stated that their medium artillery was falling behind their front line. There were 4 killed in action, and 8 wounded.
There were further casualties every day when on the 10th August, with C.T. south of Westhoek, and D Coy holding Gordon House to Menin Road, Major Crawford was wounded in action along with 22 men.
Major Crawford died from his wounds the following day.
Widow: Clara Anne Crawford
Service record: WO 339/13455
6 Battalion South Wales Borderers (Pioneers): WO 95/2238/2
Lijssenthoek Pembroke Collge
63rd Anti-Aircraft Sect. Royal Field Artillery
Born 17th January 1887, 3rd son of Fred Crisp JP DL and Elizabeth Crisp.
Education: Elstree school and Malvern College
On the 9th December 1917, his wife, Mrs Muriel May Crisp, received a telegram at the Mascot Hotel on Baker Street from the War Office regretting that her husband was dangerously ill with shell wounds to the chest and the following day on the 10th December 1917 she received a telegram deeply regretting to inform her that he had died from his wounds at No 39 Casualty Clearing Station, Italy
Service record: WO 339/57134
Grevestone memorial at Friern Barnet Churchyard
STANLEY SEARLE CRISP (H1/18)
My dearly loved husband Fred Crisp JP DL who departed this life November 9th 1905 in his 57th year, “Peace perfect peace”,
also Stanley Searle, 3rd son of the above, Major Royal Field Artillery, killed in action December 6th 1917 aged 31 years, buried in British Military Cemetery Istrana Italy, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”,
also Elizabeth, wife of the above Fred Crisp, passed on March 23rd 1939 in her 90th year, “God moves in a mysterious way.”
1st Bn. Herefordshire Regiment
Born September 5, 1868, (10th Bart). Son of Sir Herbert George Denman Croft, 9th Bt.;
Wife: Lady Katharine Agnes Croft (formerly Parr, married 3 Feb 1903), of Croft Castle, Kingsland, Herefordshire
Children: Elinor Croft, born 14 Jan 1904, and James Hebert Croft, born 24 May 1907.
He was Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire.
He died circa 11 August 1915 at Gallipoli, missing, presumed killed in action.
Service record:WO 374/16666
3rd Bn. attd. 6th Bn. Connaught Rangers
Son of Sir Malby Crofton, 3rd Bart., and Lady Crofton, of Longford House, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
Detaile Biography at Connaught Ranger Association website
Dorset Yeomanry (Queen's Own) attd. South Lancashire Regiment
Born November 11th 1891, Crooke Hall, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire
Father: Reginald Carlton Cross (Cotton Manufacturer)
Mother Emily Cross formerly Briscoe
Education: Malven College & Clare Colleg, Cambridge
Address: Wyke Hall, Gillingham, Dorset.
Memorial wooden Cross at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Gillingham, Dorset
Service record: WO 374/16860
Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
He was part of the Jesus College Cambridge rowing crew who beat the Belgiums in 1911 in Belgium.
The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in The Great War By Nigel McCrery
12th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps, formerly 9th Bn, Royal West Kent Regiment
Son of Herbert Oakes Crowther and Nellie Oakes Crowther, of Beckenham, Kent.
Obituary from The Times dated 12th Dec 1916:
"CAPTAIN LESLIE OAKES CROWTHER. Flight Commander, R.F.C., killed on December 6, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Crowther, of Broadclyst, Beckenham, Kent. Born in 1891, he was educated at St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne, and Malvern College, afterwards spending two years in New York and Dresden for educational purposes. Captain Crowther joined the Royal West Kent Regiment in September, 1914, and in December, 1915, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. For many months he had been at the front, where he was engaged in many air flights and bomb-dropping expeditions. His major writes:- "The squadron has lost a most capable and poular officer, and I cannot say how sorry I am and my officers to have lost such a good fellow"
He was flying a BE 2d 5832 of No 12 Sqn RFC when he was killed in an accident on 6 December 1916.
He went to France in October 1914, taking his own car. He was a
civilian, a member of the Church Army, and he was a chauffeur for the
British Red Cross, working for the Motor Ambulance Department. He was
attached to a Clearing Hospital at the Front and died on 8th May 1918 from an illness contracted in
9th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Born 15th December 1889 at 59 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington. Son of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson and Alice Cuthbertson formerly Monro.
He was a noted cricketer playing for the Malvern 1st X1, Cambridge University, and Marylebone Cricket Club
After Malvern he went to Clare College, Cambridge.
Address in 1914: 51 Egerton Crescent, Kensington
Embarked Bomday on 22nd June 1917 and disembarked Basrah 28th June 1917.
30th June 1917, arrived at Martina
Following from Medical case sheet:
20th July 1917 . Admitted to hospital at Amara. Had been proceeding up river and been 14 days in Mesopotamia.
21st July 1917, Temperature 106 degrees and patient collapsed. Pulse imperceptible
22nd July 1917. Restles night but seemed better, still rather cyanosed
23rd July 1917. Restless, pulse not so good, in evening temperature started to rise. Died at 6.30pm
25th July 1917, died from effects of heat.
Widow: Mary Constance Cuthbertson (formerly Follett), of 72, Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, London.
Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War By Nigel McCrery
Service record: WO 339/23182
"B" Bty. 275th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Son of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson and Alice Cuthbertson, of 13 Devonshire Place, London and 67 Portland Place
Education: Malven College & Trinity College, Cambridge
Occupation: Articled Clerk to Chartered Accountant
Joined 8th August 1914. In France from 5th October 1914 to 7th December 1916 in the Army Service Corps. At home from 8th Dec 1916 to 5th Jan 1918.
Discharged to a Commission in the RFA on 5th Jan 1918
Service record: WO 339/104722
Seaforth Highlanders attd. to 21st Division General Staff. D S O
Son of Maj. Gen. F. F. Daniell (late Gordon Highlanders) and Mrs. Daniell; husband of the late Maud Esmie Daniell.
Born 19 Dec. 1874
He obtained his commission in Sept. 1895, and was promoted Captain, March, 1901
Served in the occupation of Crete in 1897, took part in the Sudan Expedition, was present at the Battle of Atbara, and in the South African War, 1899-1901.
In 1908 he saw service on the North-West Frontier of India, taking part in the operations in the Zakka Khel and the Mohmand countries.
He was Adjutant of the 1st Battn. Seaforth Highlanders, 1902 to 1906. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, Dec. 1913.
In WW1, he was twice mentioned in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
He served as a G.S.O, and fell in action about 4th March, 1916.
The divisional diary for 4th March 1916 states: 'At 5pm the enemy shelled Armetieres,Houplines and Nieppe, 15cm, 10.5cm howitzers and field guns were firing, and during the bombardmentand Lt-Colonel Daniell DSO, GSO1 was killed.'
21st Division Diary
"A" Coy. 14th Bn. Hampshire Regiment
Son of Mrs. Edward Davenport, of Amberley, Stroud, Glos., and the late Rev. Edward Davenport
He was wounded in an accident at the Brigade Bomb school and died shortly after being admitted to hospital. Several other officers from the 11th, 12th & 13th Royal Sussex Regt were also wounded at the bomb school.
The following day on the 3rd August at Les Choqueax, several officers attended his funeral along with men from his platoon.
Service record: WO 339/40073
Medal card: WO 372/5/171212
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2583/6
1st Bn. Welsh Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Born on 27 December 1891, son of Henry Warren Davis and Christobel Warren Davis, of The Warren, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
Gazetted Second Lieutenant into the Welsh Regiment on 14 February 1912, and was a Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion, Welsh Regiment at the outbreak of war, which moved to France in January 1915.
In the Second Battle of Ypres, on 18 April 1915, he was sent out in charge of a party of bombers from B Company, to destroy a Trench Mortar, and was killed while stooping down to aid a wounded man during the assault.
The History of the Welsh Regiment records; ‘Lieutenant Davis was a great loss—a fine sportsman and an excellent bomber and shot, he was developing into an invaluable sniping expert.’
NB: The Malvern College memorial entry mistakenly records the date as 18 Apr 1916 and not 18 Apr 1915.
"B" Coy. 9th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
Son of Samuel John and Helen Grace Daw; husband of Laura Daw, of Vine Cottage, West Hoathly, Sussex.
He was killed in action at Delville Wood.
Service record: WO 339/70032
Medal Card: WO 372/5/214175
Unit war diary: WO 95/1900/2 List of Officers Delville wood attack Map showing attack
Essex Yeomanry formerly 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
Husband of Sybil Deacon, of Sloe House, Halstead, Essex.
Master of the Essex Foxhounds
He was killed during the attack at 2.15pm to reoccupy front line trenches east of Potijze, near Ypres.
Biography - Charterhouse
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
following account of the circumstances attending his death was
published in The Malvernian, December 1914 — “Owen Dennis was
killed by a shell when he was directing his battery’s fire from the
infantry trenches. His Major states that he considered him to be the
smartest officer. Throughout the time that he was at the front he
displayed unflinching braveiy. This was quite in accordance with what
we noted in him at school.”
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman <
23rd Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and North Irish Horse
Son of George James and Emily Dennistoun, of Peel Forest, Timaru, New Zealand.
He was a Justice of the Peace for New Zealand, a sheep farmer, mountaineer, and was a member of Captain Scott’s Antarctic Expedition, 1910-11, and was awarded the King’s Antarctic medal and that of the Royal Geographical Society.
On the outbreak of war he returned to England and obtained a commission in the Irish Horse. He went to the front in November 1915, and was for some months intelligence officer to a division, afterwards joining the Royal Flying Corps.
On 9 August 1916, he was acting as Observer in a FE2b 6348 on a bombing mission east of Arras and was in combat with three Fokker enemy aircraft and was wounded 3 times in the stomach. His biplane caught fire, and was compelled to descend in the enemy’s lines, and died from his wounds at Ohrdruf in Thuringia.
Auckland museum Wikipedia (in German) Flight Magazine InvisionZone
5th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Son of Robert Paget Dewhurst and Florence Frances Maud Dewhurst, of 106, Abingdon Rd., Oxford.
He gained a mathematical scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in November, 1913, and on leaving Malvern in July, 1914, he was awarded a leaving scholarship and the Dowdeswell Prize for mathematics. He received his commission in August, 1914, and was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment in September of that year.
Corpus Christi Oxford
Service record: WO 339/11799
Medal card: WO 372/6/15872
Unit Diary: WO 95/5161/3
2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers
Son of Francis and Lucy Dickinson, of Aberyskir Court, Breconshire
His colonel wrote :—"He was in command of his company in the attack on August 18th, and it was characteristic of him that he should have been right at the head of his men. His death is a great loss to us, He had a quite exceptional hold over the men under him, and his absolute fearlessness and enthusiasm had a great effect on all who came in contact with him. His company was magnificent in the attack, and it was largely owing to the fine spirit and determination they had got from him that they carried through the attack with such success."
Brecon & Radnor Express Sept 19th 1918
Service Number 20375
Son of John H. W. Somerset, of "Glenwood," Bronshill Rd., Torquay, England, and the late Mary de Chair Somerset.
Major, 12th Cavalry, Indian Army, died on February 8th in Mesopotamia, having been wounded in action the previous day.
He was educated, first at Eagle House School, and then at Malvern, where he gained a Scholarship, and whence he passed into the Royal Military College. He passed out of Sandhurst at the head of the candidates for the Indian Army in the summer of 1895.Obituary at