Malvern College First World War Casualties

Statue of St George which is inscribed 'To Our Brothers', and oak panel memorial inside the chapel.

The following is a list with biographies of the 459 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War. Altogether 2,833 are known to have served.
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 College 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.
Further information was also obtained from 'The Malvern College Register 1865-1924' edited by H.G.C Salmon, 'A History of Malvern College 1865 to 1965' by Ralph Blumenau, and 'Malvern College: A 150th Anniversary Portrait' by Roy Allen.
Information was also obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, the Unit War Diaries and Service Records held at the National Archives in Kew, and various online commemorative websites whose links have been provided.

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 is so vividly described in the book 'Nothing of Importance' by Bernard Adams.

Below is a map showing the locations of the 240 cemeteries where Old Malvernians are buried or commemorated in. The markers are coloured yellow for one casualty, orange for between 2 and 9, and red for 10 or more. The name of the cemetery and number of casualties can be seen by hovering over the marker, and the list of names seen by clicking on the marker. Their full biographies and pictures can be seen by clicking on 'Further Info'.

The records can be filtered and/or sorted by name, house, age, regiment, battle, date, place etc by clicking on the appropriate drop down box and then the 'Search' button below the map. The original memorial book entry can be seen by clicking on the person's picture.


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Captain Rupert Charles Bambridge Bambridge DSO
House: No 9 1905 - 1909. Regiment: Royal Fusiliers.
Died: 23 May 1918 aged 27 in France. Died of wounds.
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Rouen OFFICERS B.9.4.

Born 29th April 1891, Boveney, Thornlow Rd, West Norwood. Father:Edward Charles Bambridge. Mother: Kathleen Sylvia Bailey, 121 North Side, Clapham Common.
Lower Shell—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. XXII Cricket; XL Football; Ledbury Cap.
In the London Office of the High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa.

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

Lieutenant Colonel John Puckle DSO
House: Sch 1884 - 1886. Regiment: Army Service Corps.
Died: 15 April 1917 aged 48 in Greece. Lost at sea on Transport 'Arcadian'.
Cemetery: Mikra Memorial

Son of Colonel H. G. Puckle, Pitlochry. b. 1869.
Upper III—1V. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1889; R.M.C. Sandhurst; South Wales l
Borderers 1893; A.S.C. 1894; Major 1906; Winner Army Rackets and Lawn Tennis Doubles; South African War, Despatches. Queen’s Medal, D.S.O., 1902.
Great War, Lieut.-Colonel 1915. Lost at sea on the transport Arcadian April 15, 1917, Despatches.<

Captain Arthur Leslie Simms DSO
House: No 9 1912 - 1916. Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Died: 13 July 1918 aged 21 in United Kingdom. Killed flying in England.
Cemetery: Stourbridge Cemetery K 192

Son of G. F. Simms, Farlands, Stourbridge, b. 1897.
Modern III—Matriculation Form. House Prefect. Gymnasium IV. Flight Sub-Lieutenant R.N. 1916 ; Captain R.A.F.
Great War (overseas), D.S.C. Accidentally killed July 13, 1918.

Major Alfred Soames DSO
House: Sch 1873 - 1874. Regiment: East Kent Regt. (The Buffs).
Died: 13 October 1915 aged 53 in France. Killed in action near Hullock Quarries.
Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 15-17

Son of Rev. C. Soames, Mildenhal], Marlborough. b. 1862.
Raised Corps (Bushmanland J3orderers) in Cape Colony during South African War 1901—2 ;
Despatchcs, Medal, D.S.O. 1902 ; Great War, Major 6th Batt. The Buffs.
Killed in action near Hulluch Quarries<

Major Guy Thwaites DSO
House: Day 1889 - 1890. Regiment: Army Service Corps.
Died: 29 May 1917 aged 40 in Eygpt. Drowned in Egypt.
Cemetery: Khartoum War Cemetery 10 C 16

Son of Rev H G Thwaites, Limber Magna. b. 1877.
III. Mercers’ Exhibition, St. John’s College, Cambridge, 1897; BA. 1900; Army Service Corps 1901; Major 1914; South African War 1902, Queen’s Medal with Clasps.
Great War, with Egyptian Army 1915—17; D.S.O., Despatches. Accidentally drowned in White Nile, May 29 1917.<

No of records: 5