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.
Son of Lt. Col. A. S. Blair, C.M.G., T.D., and Mrs. Elinor W. Blair, of 36, India St., Edinburgh.
Lower V—Army I. House Prefect. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. (Special Reserve) 1912 ; 1st Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 1914.
Picture and short biography
Son of F. D. O. Bullock, 59 Mount Park Road, Ealing, b. 1882.
Lower V—Remove. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football; Shooting V I I I ; XL Cricket. Lieutenant in Corps. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge ; B.A. ; was in Ceylon.
Great War, Private Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 1915 11th Bn. South Wales Borderers.
Born 22nd April 1890, Ross, Herefordshire
Son of the Rev. William Shuttleworth Clarke, M.A., Vicar of Marstow, Ross, Herefordshire, and Maria Brandram,
Upper IV—Middle V. Junior Chapel Prefect. Head of House. Champion Athlete; XXII Football; XL Cricket. Lieutenant in Corps.
St. John's College, Cambridge ; B.A. 1912 ; President C.U.A.C.; ran the Mile 1911-13, and the Cross-Country Race 1911 v. Oxford; ran the Two Miles for Oxford and Cambridge v. Yale and Harvard 1911 . He came 2nd in the mile and won the 3 miles in 1912.
Assistant Master Golden Parsonage Preparatory School, Hemel Hempstead.
Great War, Private 1914, afterwards Captain D Coy, 5th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
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 <
Son of Alexander and E. J. Cooke, of Nottinghill House, Malone Road, Belfast,b. 1884.
Lower Modern II—I.
Formerly in the Linen Trade ; afterwards served in British South African Police, S. Rhodesia.
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.
3rd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers
Mentioned in Despatches
Ref: IWM Bond of Sacrifice
Son of Lieut.-Col. J. C. Culling, West Lydford, Taunton, b. 1885.
Royal Munster Fusiliers 1906; Lieutenant 1908; resigned 1909;
afterwards an officer in the Canadian Militia, and a Lumberman.
Great War, Captain Canadian Infantry 1914 (overseas).
2nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
Son of E. Deacon, Buxted Park, Uckfield. B. 1872.
Army Class. School Prefect. XXII Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst 1891; 1st King’s Dragoon Guards 1892; retired 1899; M.P.H. East Essex, Newmarket and Thurlow; D.L. co. Essex 1912; Lieut.-Colonel Essex Yeomanry 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Commanded Essex Yeoman formerly 1st (King's) Dragoon Guard
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 <
Son of Mrs. Dennis, c/o Cox & Co., Charing Cross, S.W. b. 1888.
Army III—I. School Prefect. Head of House. Shooting VIII 1906,07 ; House XI Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. 1909 ; Lieutenant 1912.
The 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 <
Son of James Fabian, of 6, Daleham Gardens, Hampstead, London, b. 1892.
Lower Modern II—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. Shooting VIII 1908,09 (captain).
Articled to a Chartered Accountant; H.A.C. 1909.
Service Number 542. 1st Bn. Honourable Artillery Company
Killed in action at Kemmel .
Biography at hac1418
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1415/4
Son of J. J. Gale, Benson, Wallingford, Berks. b. 1884.
Lower V —Remove. School Prefect. Hea.d of House. XXII Football; XL Cricket; Ledbury Cap.
Surveyor; A. S. I.
Great War, Corporal Oxfordshire Hussars 1914. Killed in action, May 26, 1915.<
2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
Son of Sir Henry Hawley, 5th Bart., and Lady Hawley; husband of Ursula Mary Hawley, of 14, Stafford Place, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W. Served in the South African Campaign.
3rd Bn. Middlesex Regiment
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hilton; husband of Hylda Swan (formerly Hilton), of 7, Elysium Row, Calcutta, India.
Roberts’ Horse; Middlesex Regt. 1900; Captain 1906; South African War 1899-02, Despatches, Queen’s Medal with 6 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
He entered the front-line on 10 February 1915, and was killed in action less than a week later, on 16 February 1915, during fighting to recapture some lost trenches.
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman <
2nd Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers
Son of Herbert Hobbs, of Riding Mill, Northumberland.
He was a fine long distance runner, and won the mile race for his College while at Oxford.
He went out on 2 May 1915, and was killed in action nr. Hooge on the 25th. of that month.
Menin Gate South: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman <
4th Bn. Gordon Highlanders
Son of J. Hopkinson, 36 Netherhall Gardens Hampstead. b. 1875.
Lower IV— Upper V. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football 1892,93; House XI Cricket.
Farmed for some time in Aberdeenshire; North of Scotland Bank, Elgin; Factor Drumtochty Estates; Lieutenant 6th Batt. Seaforth Highlander
Great War: Lieutenant 4th Batt. Gordon Highlanders 1914; Captain. Killed in action at Hooge, September 25, 1915.
Service record: WO 374/34653
Transcript of unit war diary <
Son of Edward Hume (Barrister-at-Law) and and Agnes Mary Hume, Church House, Oatlands, Weybridge. b. 5th July 1890.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; South Staffordshire Regt. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1913.
Great War, killed in action at Ypres, October 26, 1914.
"B" Coy. 1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
He was fond of polo and sailing.
At the time of his death his battalion formed part of the VIIth Division, and as he senior officers had been killed he was leading his company.
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
Son of Colonel C. N. Lane, C.M.G., Foster Winston Hall, Salop, b. 1879.
Aspatria College ; served with Paget's Horse in the South African War, Medal; afterwards in Tasmania.
Great War, Private Australian Infantry. Killed in action June 8, 1917.
Son of Colonel C. N. Lane, C.M.G., Whiston Hall, Shropshire, b. 1881.
Formerly at Aspatria College ; served in the South African War with Paget's Horse; afterwards in Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 1915. Killed in action May 10, 1915.
Son of J. MacKenzie, Daresbury, Malvern. B. 1879
Junior School — Upper IV.
Seaforth Highlanders (from Militia) 1901 ; Captain 1911; South
African War 1900-02, Queen’s Medal with 5 Clasps: Saxe-Ernestine
Great War, attached Gordon Highlanders. Killed In action, near Ypres, November 12, 1914.
Son of Dr. C. E. Morris, London, Ontario, b. 1886.
Ill—Middle IV B.
Settled in Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry. Killed in action, June 6, 1916.
Son of J. J. Muir. b. 1896.
Upper IV B—Science I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XXII Football; Fives Pair. Cadet Officer.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
Killed in action June 16, 1915.
Son of H. Nicholson, Sutton Hall, Little Sutton, Cheshire, b. 1884.
Lower IV—Middle V.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Cheshire Regt. Killed in action May 25, 1915.
Son of Rev. G. Palmes, Naburn Hall, York. b. 1894.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Yorkshire L.I. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
Great War, killed in action near Ypres, May 9, 1915.
Son of T. T. Prince, Laurel Lodge, Barnet. b. 1878.
Emmanuel College, Cambridge ; B.A. 1899 ; Manchester Regt. 1901 ; North Lancashire Regt. 1908 ; Captain 1912 ; Malay States Guides 1910-13 ; South African War 1901-02, Queen's Medal with 3 Clasps.
Great War, killed in action near Kemmel, November 8, 1914 ; Despatches.
Son of St. G. C. W. Robinson, Woodville, Sligo. b. 1895.
Modern III—Army II. House XI Cricket and Football.
Lieutenant 3rd Batt. South Staffordshire Regt. 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Lieutenant 1914.
Killed in action October 27, 1914.
Son of W. Rushbrooke, Rushbrooke Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, b. 1892.
Middle IV B - Upper Modern II. School Prefect. XI Football; XXII Cricket.
Cadet, British North Borneo Civil Service, 1913 ; Lieutenant 3rd
Batt. Suffolk Regt. 1912.
Great War, Captain.
Killed in action, May, 1915.
Service Number 20375
Son of John H. W. Somerset, of "Glenwood," Bronshill Rd., Torquay, England, and the late Mary de Chair Somerset.
Son of A. Taylor, Starston Place, Harleston, Norfolk, b. 1888.
Upper Shell—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XL Football.
Pembroke College, Cambridge; B.A. 1910.
Assistant Master St. Andrew's, Eastbourne ; in business (Osier's, Birmingham).
Great War, Lieutenant 5th Shropshire L.I. Killed in action August 9, 1915.
Son of Rev H G Thwaites, Limber Magna. b. 1876.
Served in South African War 1901—02.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1916; Lieutenant 1916. Killed at Paschendale, November 10, 1917.<
Son of C. Tuff, J.P., Westfield, Singlewell, Gravesend. b. 1885.
Army IV—I. School Prefect. XI Football 1902,03 ; Shooting VIII ; Lieutenant in Corps.
Farmer; Lieutenant 3rd Batt. Royal West Kent Regt. 1914.
Great War, mobilised 1914 ; Captain. Killed at Hill 60, April 18, 1915.
Son of Captain J. Waley, Northumberland Street, W. b. 1895.
Upper IV B—Modern I.
Great War, Private Middlesex Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 12th Royal Fusiliers.
Killed in action July 31, 1917.