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 is also a corresponding page commemorating the 248 casualties in the Second 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 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, 'The Malvernian' school magazine, '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.
'He was in Ceylon when war was declared and came home to join the Inns of Court O. T. C. Receiving his commission in the South Wales Borderers in January 1916, he went to the front in the following June. He was killed in action on July 31st, 1917.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
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.
'Robert Clarke was one of those who make more friends than acquaintances. He was a man of few words, but his conversation often revealed the enthusiasm of the man of action. Living a hard, clean life he delighted in honest sport, both for himself and for those children of rich and poor alike whom he helped to train up to true manhood. It was characteristic of him that when war began he chose to learn soldiering in the ranks. To his own personality he owed his corporal's stripes, his Colonel's recommendation for a commission, and his subsequent promotion. And as he had lived, so he died, handing on the lamp of life to those who shall succeed him. He was killed on September 25th. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
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
'After leaving Malvern, he went to Sandhurst and was gazetted to the 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1891. He retired in 1899, and became successively Master of the East Essex and the Newmarket and Thurlow Hunts. When the Essex Yeomanry was formed, in 1901, he joined with the rank of Major, having raised a squadron in his own Hunt. In 1911 he was given command of the regiment. The Essex was one of the first Yeomanry Regiments to be chosen for active service, and left England for France in November 1914. He was killed, while still in command of the Yeomanry, at the second battle of Ypres, May 13th, 1915. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
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.
'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 schol. He had a definite aim before him, and he showed steady resolution in attaining it. He served his school and his country well.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914)
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
'On leaving School he was articled to a firm of Chartered Accountants, joined the H-A,C,, and gave up much of his spare time to work at the School Mission, He became secretary and subsequently captain of the H.A.C. Rugby Football team, and in 1913 was Battalion Shot, He went to France early in September, and though he was twice ordered home from hospital owing to an injured knee, he each time evaded the order, and finally managed to get to the trenches.' (Malvernian, March 1915).
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.
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.
3rd Bn. Middlesex Regiment
'He received his commission in the Middlesex Regiment in 1900 from the ranks of Roberts' Horse, after a campaign of much distinction in South Africa. , He took part in the relief of Kimberley, and was present at the operations at Paardeberg, Dreifontein, and Vet River, and was in actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Diamond Hill in the Transvaal, and Lindley, Bethlehem, and Wittebergen in the Orange River Colony.' (Malvernian, March 1915).
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.
'At the outbreak of the war he had just completed his first year at Keble College, Oxford; he intended after his University career to be ordained. He was one of the first to be given a temporary commission in August 1914, and was sent for one month to the Officers' Training Camp at Churn, after which he was appointed to the 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. After several months training he was promoted Lieutenant and went to the Staff College at Camberley, subsequently being gazetted to a permanent commission in the Regular Army, 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He went out to the front with a draft to his regiment on May 2nd, and was killed in action nr. Hooge on May 25th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Menin Gate South: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
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.
'He joined the Gordon Highlanders from the Reserve of Officers having served formerly with the 6th Seaforth Highlanders. On September 25, 1915, he was in command of a double company, and had the honour of being selected to lead the attack. He had reached the third line of the German trenches, and was standing beside a captured gun when he was shot through the head by a sniper. We have had the privilege of reading many letters written by his fellow-officers and men, which testify alike to his universal popularity and his sterling qualities as a soldier. One quotation, however, will suffice: "He was one of the bravest men I ever fought beside, and his daring and courage, combined with his cool and collected behaviour during this very difficult operation, could not be excelled by the very bravest. His first thought was always for the pleasure and comfort of the men under him; and he was dearly loved by all." This is high praise; but his contemporaries who remember the boy on the football field and as Head of his House will recognise the man.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
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 Cecil Newton Lane, C.M.G., and Adela Mary Lane, 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.
Husband of Mrs. V. A. Lane. Native of Shrewsbury, England.
'He was one of the most popular boys in the house. With particularly pleasing manners, and a bright disposition he made many friends'. (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Born 15 Jan 1881 at Bonigale, Shropshire. 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.
Rancher in Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 1915 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment).
'Percy Lane served with Paget's Horse in the South African War, receiving a medal and clasp. He subsequently went to Canada, and on the outbreak of the present war enlisted in the Canadian Infantry; in this he obtained a Commission and was killed in action on or about May l0th, 1915.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
'On the 8th May,1915, Captain Dennison, Lieutenant Lane and a few men were last seen fighting a rearguard action in the front-line trench near the Bellewaerde and Frezenberg Ridges, before being overwhelmed by the German assault.'Invision Zone
National archives of Canada
Born 1 Dec 1879, Shanghai, China. Son of James and Jane MacKenzie, Daresbury, Malvern.
Junior School — Upper IV.
Seaforth Highlanders (from Militia) 1901 ; Captain 1911; South African War 1900-02, Queen’s Medal with 5 Clasps: Saxe-Ernestine Order 1907.
Great War, attached Gordon Highlanders. Killed In action at Hooge near Ypres, November 12, 1914.
Husband of Louise Scott MacKenzie, of 14, Paulton Square, Chelsea, London.
He was killed instantly by a shell at Hooge near Ypres on the 12th November 1914
His recrreations were golf and football, and he was a member of the Worcestershire Golf Club and Nairn Gold Club.IWM
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.
'He left us only last Christmas. Here he earned the respect and affection of all who knew him by the genuine simplicity of his character and a certain natural dignity. He was not one of those to whom a soldier's career would in itself be likely to make any great appeal, but a high sense of duty impelled him to try, despite his short sightedness, to obtain a commission. This he gained in the 6th (Reserve) Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He went to the front in March with the 3rd Battalion, and was killed in action in Flanders on June 6th.' (Malvernian, Jul 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.
'He was killed in action near Ypres whilst rallying his men in a charge against the Prussian Guard. ' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Son of D. Petrie, White House, Hadley, Barnet. b. 1884.
'"Roy," as he was always called, was thirteen when he joined us, and he spent more than five years here. His characteristics were an independent nature and an upright view of life and its duties. He was good at work and games, and possessed a charm of manner which made him popular with all. When he left school he had the distinction of passing the Surveyors' Institute Examination at the head of the list. He had apparently a very successful prospect before him, but he placed his duty to his country before his private interests, went with the London Scottish to the front, and met his death near Ypres.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
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.
'His brother officers have written of him with praise and affection, describing him as a most promising soldier, and speaking of his wonderful calmness and pluck under fire. On the day of his death no less than five officers had been killed or wounded, and he was left in command of the Company; and it was while going round to see that they were safe that he met his end.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
Son of Mrs. Rogers, The Haven, Paignton, b. 1883.
Junior School—Army Side. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Duke of Cornwall's L.I. (from Embodied Militia) 1901 ; Captain 1912 ; M.V.O. (Member of the Victorian Order) 1910.
Great War, killed in action, February 15, 1915.
He obtained his commission from the Militia in 1901 and his captaincy in 1912. In 1908 he was A.D.C. to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Bermuda, and from 1908 to 1910 served as A.D.C. to the General Officer Commanding, N. Army, India. (Malvernian, March 1915).
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.
'As a boy he was singularly free from self-assertion, and had that rare power of sympathy which made others show him their best. He played all games well, and in the true sporting spirit. He was made a School Prefect while still young, and his early departure was a loss to the School. He joined the Special Reserve with a view to taking a Commission in the Army; but a good opening offered in Borneo, and he joined the Civil Service there in 1913. When war broke out he was not released for military service, but in 1915 he resigned his position, and came home to re-join the Special Reserve. He was sent to Flanders at once, and was reported "missing" after an attack in the summer. He is now officially declared killed, and his loss will be deeply regretted by Malvern friends.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
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.
'He took the greatest interest in all that belonged to school life, and his cheerful disposition together with a sense of humour made him a splendid companion. As Head of No. 3 he showed the qualities of a real leader; he never spared himself, and by his kindness and patience he always got the best out of others. On leaving Cambridge, he returned for a short while to his preparatory school, St. Andrew's, Eastbourne, and after that he went into Osier's Glassworks in Birmingham. He was killed in Flanders on August 9th, aged 27. He met his death while in command of an advanced trench, a shell killing him instantaneously while he was endeavouring to bind up the wound of one of his corporals.' (Malvernian, Nov 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.
'He was one of three brothers who entered the School together. He was killed in action, on November loth, 1917, and so far we have been unable to obtain further details.'
(Malvernian, Dec 1919)
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.
'He was killed at Hill 60, near Ypres, on April 18. A boy of strong sturdy character, who was farming in Kent at the outbreak of the war. He received a commission in the East Kents, and after some months of service was killed in action at the head of his company. ' (Malvernian, Jun 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.
'On the first day of the war he enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment, but was transferred to the O.T.C., and gazetted to the Royal Fusiliers. He went with his battalion to France, and was seriously wounded in the fighting at Loos in 1915. He developed tetanus, and lay for many weeks between life and death. On recovery he re-joined the depot, and in due course went back to his original battalion in France, where, within 48 hours of his return to the trenches, he met his death leading his platoon.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).