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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Major Guy Horsman Bailey MC
House: No 9 1905 - 1910. Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery.
Died: 28 February 1917 aged 26 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery Combles I D 1

Born May 27th 1891, at Springfield, Leigham Court Road, Streatham.
Father: Edward Horsman Bailey, lived at 5 Berners street, London and Foxholes, Chipping Norton, and was a solicitor. Mother was Jane Bailey, formerly Rose.
Middle V—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. Editor of Malvernian. Shooting VIII ; House XI Football. Cadet Officer.

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.

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

Lieutenant Bernard Montagu Basil Bateman MC
House: No 1 1905 - 1909. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 24 July 1915 aged 24 in United Kingdom. Died in London of wounds received in Ypres.
Cemetery: Golders Green Crematorium NICHE 1825

Son of General B. M. Bateman, R.G.A.. b. 1891.
Army III—I. Minor Scholar. House XI Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1913.

Major Robert Henry Collyns MC
House: No 2 1908 - 1910. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 01 June 1918 aged 24 in France. Died of wounds at Jon Chery.
Cemetery: Terlincthun Brit Mil Wimille A C 7

Born: August 7th 1894. Son of Robert John and Eleanor Maud Collyns, of Bilboa, Dulverton, Somerset.
Lower Modern II—Modern I.
Bristol University ; B.Sc. 1914.
97th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
M C & Chevalier Legion D'Honneur (France).

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

Captain Thomas Horsfall Crofton MC
House: No 1 1904 - 1908. Regiment: Connaught Rangers.
Died: 21 March 1918 aged 29 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial P 77

Son of Sir Malby Crofton, 3rd Bart., and Lady Crofton, of Longford House, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
Middle IV—Modern I. School Prefect. XL Football; House XI Cricket.
Trinity College, Dublin ; B.A., B.E..
In British Columbia.
Great War, Private Canadian Highlanders 1914 ; Captain 3rd Bn. attd. 6th Bn. Connaught Rangers.
Detaile Biography at Connaught Ranger Association website

Lieutenant Edward Meaburn Fry MC
House: No 3 1905 - 1909. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 23 August 1918 aged 28 in France. Killed in action at Colincamps, France.
Battle: Hundred Days Allied Offensive. Cemetery: Sucrerie Mil Cemetery Colincamps 1 J 16

Son of S Fry, Cleeve Mill, Goring. b 1890
Middle Shell - Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Football.
Tobacco Planter. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "D" Bty. 211th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

Lieutenant Ronald John Gilman MC
House: No 3 1912 - 1914. Regiment: Warwickshire Yeomanry.
Died: 15 July 1918 aged 20 in France. Died from exposure in torpedoed ship.
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery XXV111 O 10

Son of Henry and Elizabeth Gilman, Nuthurst Grange, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire. B. 1898.
Lower Modern II — Modern I.
Articled to a Chartered Accountant.

Service record: WO 374/27389

Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Perceval Hamilton MC
House: No 1 1898 - 1900. Regiment: Royal West Surrey Regt..
Died: 15 September 1916 aged 32 in France. Killed in action at High Wood.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Flatiron Copse Mametz V11 1.2

The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) attd. 19th Bn. London Regiment
Son of the late Maj. P. F. P. Hamilton, R.A., and Mrs. Hamilton; husband of Kate G. Hamilton, of 42, Eaton Square, London.

Service record: WO 339/6053

Captain John Anthony Harris MC
House: No 5 1904 - 1908. Regiment: Yorkshire Regt..
Died: 26 November 1917 aged 27 in France. Killed in action at Bourlon Wood.
Battle: Battle of Cambrai. Cemetery: Cambrai Memorial, Louverval P 5

12th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
Son of Mrs. J. Harris, of 3, Leven St., Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorks, and the late Col. J. Harris, V. D.

Service record: WO 339/25087

Captain John Martin MC
House: No 1 1902 - 1906. Regiment: Gordon Highlanders.
Died: 09 April 1917 aged 29 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Second Battle of Arras. Cemetery: Cabaret Rouge Brit Cemetery Souchez XV11 J 4B

Son of J. Martin, 10 Greenhill Park, Edinburgh, b. 1888.
Middle IV—Lower V. House Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Edinburgh University ; B.A. (Honours in Law).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Gordon Highlanders 1914 ; Captain.
Killed in action April 9, 1917 ; M.C.

Captain Robert Percy Nathan MC
House: Sch 1907 - 1911. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 21 March 1918 aged 25 in France. Killed in action in France.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Ham British Cemetery, Muille Villette 1 E 19

Son of B. A. Nathan, 36 Glenloch Road, N.W. b. 1893.
Lower V—Lower VI. House Prefect. XXII Cricket.
Stock Exchange.
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; Captain R.F.A.
Killed in action March 21, 1918 ; M.C., Despatches.

Captain Henry Du Bois O'Neill MC
House: No 1 1889 - 1889. Regiment: Bedfordshire Regt..
Died: 02 June 1918 aged 43 in United Kingdom. Died of illness contracted on active service.
Cemetery: Bexhill Cemetery E G A86

Son of H. E. O'Neill, Pinehurst, Heathfield. b. 1815.
Modern III.
Bedfordshire Regt. (from Militia) 1896; Captain 1902; retired 1908; East Africa 1901—02, Despatches (2), Medal with Clasp; entered service of Colonial Office 1908; Assistant District Commissioner Uganda, 1910.
Great War, re-joined Bedfordshire Regt; Major Middlesex Regt.; M.C. Died of illness contracted on active service, June 2, 1918.<

2nd Lieut Arthur Denzil Onslow MC
House: Sch 1900 - 1906. Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regt..
Died: 12 August 1916 aged 29 in France. Killed in action at Bazentin-le-Petit.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 9A, 9B, 10B

Son of W. A. Onslow, Preston Bagot House, Henley-in-Arden. b. 1887.
Lower V—Lower VI. House Prefect. House XI Cricket.
Keble College, Oxford ; B.A. (Second Class History) 1909 .
In business ; worked for many years at the School Mission.
Great War, Australian Voluntary Hospital 1914 (overseas) ; 2nd Lieutenant Royal
Warwickshire Regt.
Killed in action at Bazentin-le-Petit, August 12, 1916; M.C.

Captain John Barwick Orde MC
House: No 4 1901 - 1904. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 12 February 1917 aged 31 in Greece. Died of wounds.
Cemetery: Karasouli Military Cemetery

Son of Lieut.-Colonel Orde, Nunny Kirk, Morpeth, b. 1886.
Army III—I. Minor Scholar. House Prefect.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1907 ; Captain 1914.
Great War, Brigade-Major; M.C., Despatches.
Died of wounds February 12, 1917.

Lieutenant Robert Lloyd Peel MC
House: No 2 1901 - 1907. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 03 September 1917 aged 28 in Belgium. Died of wounds.
Battle: Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Cemetery: Bard Cottage Cemetery 111 F 2

Son of H. Peel, Taliaris, Llandilo, S. Wales, b. 1889.
Middle IV—Modern I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Tea Planter in India.
Great War, Lieutenant R.F.A.
Died of wounds, September 3, 1917 ; M.C.

Captain John Rodgers MC
House: No 2 1910 - 1913. Regiment: York and Lancaster Regt..
Died: 02 September 1918 aged 22 in France. Killed in action at Vreaucourt.
Battle: Hundred Days Allied Offensive. Cemetery: Gomiecourt South Cemetery 1V E 2

Son of J. Rodgers (O.M.), 14 Endcliffe Avenue, Sheffield, b. 1896.
Modern III—I.
In business.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant York and Lancaster Regt. 1914, Captain.
Killed in action September 2, 1918 ; M.C.

Captain Noel Herbert Stone MC
House: Sch 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 27 April 1918 aged 23 in France. Killed in action near Amiens.
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villiers Bretonneux 11 J 8

Son of H. S. Stone, M.D., Beechwood, Reigate. b. 1895.
Army III—I. School Prefect. XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Worcestershire Regt. 1914 ; Captain 1917.
Killed in action near Amiens, April 27, 1918 ; M.C., Despatches (2).

Lieutenant Sherman Trevor Tatham MC
House: No 6 1904 - 1909. Regiment: Middlesex Regt..
Died: 25 May 1919 aged 29 in United Kingdom. Died in England after operation.
Cemetery: Highgate Cemetery 75 27563

Son of J. P. Tatham, 16 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, N.W. b. 1890.
Upper IV B—Lower Modern I. House Prefect. Ledbury Cap.
Farmer in England ; Tea Planter in Ceylon.
Great War 1914-19 (overseas), Private Royal Fusiliers 1914 ; Lieutenant 14th Middlesex ;
Died from the effects of the war May 25, 1919.

Lieutenant George Robert Thornhill MC
House: No 9 1903 - 1909. Regiment: East Kent Regt. (The Buffs).
Died: 01 October 1914 aged 23 in Belgium. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial P 2

Son of F. E. Thornhill, Cross Hall Lodge, St. Neots, Hunts, b. 1891.
Lower IV—Modern I. House Prefect.
Trinity College, Cambridge ; B.A. 1913 ; East Kent Regt. 1912.
Great War, Lieutenant 1914. Killed in action October 1914 ; M.C., Despatches.

Captain Percy Arthur Henry Thorniley MC
House: No 1 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Manchester Regt..
Died: 11 January 1917 aged 21 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Beaumont-Hamel British Cemetery P 2

Son of P. W. Thorniley, Shooter's Hill, Wem, Salop, b. 1896.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. XXII Football.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Manchester Regt. 1914, Captain.
Killed in action January 11, 1917; M.C.

Major George Bernard Ward MC
House: No 5 1907 - 1908. Regiment: 10 Sq. R. A. F..
Died: 21 September 1917 aged 26 in France. Killed in action in France.
Cemetery: Chocques Mil Cemetery V C 4

MC with Bar Biography

Lieutenant Charles Beaumont Watson MC
House: No 2 1909 - 1913. Regiment: Machine Gun Corps.
Died: 12 July 1918 aged 24 in France. Killed in action near Puchevillers.
Cemetery: Puchevillers British V11 B 1

Son of S. B. Watson, Greenbank, Brigham, Cockermouth. b. 1894.
Lower Shell—Lower VI. House XI Football.
Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 11th S. Staffordshire Regt. 1915 ; Lieutenant M.G.C.
Died of wounds July 12, 1918 ; M.C.

Lieutenant Neville Inchbald Wilson MC
House: No 2 1906 - 1911. Regiment: Royal Welch Fus..
Died: 06 April 1918 aged 26 in France. Killed in action at Aveling Wood.
Cemetery: Pozieres Memorial P 36/37

Son of H. I. Wilson (O.M.), 139 Bishop's Mansions, S.W. b. 1892.
Lower Shell—Mathematical VI. Minor Scholar. House Prefect.
Ontario Agricultural College.
Great War, Lieutenant Royal Welch Fusiliers.
Killed in action April 6, 1918 ; M.C.

No of records: 22