World War One Plaque at Malvern College Chapel. (An additional 2 from the 457 recorded have since been discovered.)

List of Malvern College First World War Casualties

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.

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

Surname: House:
Rank: Regiment:
Award: Battle:
Month Died: Date Died:
Age: Cause:
Country: Cemetery:
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ForenameSurnameHousePeriodRankRegimentDate DiedAgeCauseBattleCountryCemetery / MemorialGrave RefFurther Info
Rupert Charles BambridgeBambridge DSONo 91905 - 1909CaptainRoyal Fusiliers23 May 191827Died of woundsFranceSt Sever Cemetery RouenOFFICERS B.9.4. 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
JohnPuckle DSOSch1884 - 1886Lieutenant ColonelArmy Service Corps15 April 191748Lost at sea on Transport 'Arcadian'GreeceMikra Memorial
Arthur LeslieSimms DSONo 91912 - 1916CaptainRoyal Air Force13 July 191821Killed flying in EnglandUnited KingdomStourbridge CemeteryK 192
AlfredSoames DSOSch1873 - 1874MajorEast Kent Regt. (The Buffs)13 October 191553Killed in action near Hullock QuarriesFranceLoos MemorialP 15-17
GuyThwaites DSODay1889 - 1890MajorArmy Service Corps29 May 191740Drowned in EgyptEygptKhartoum War Cemetery10 C 16

No of records: 5

Web site created by William Bridge (Old Malvernian, No 5, 1985-90)
November 2017