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 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.

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Captain Peter Douglas Colin Eliot
House: No 7 1900 - 1902. Regiment: 14th Lancers.
Died: 25 February 1917 aged 32 in Iraq. Killed in action near Kut.
Battle: Second Battle of Kut. Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 45

Son of the late Sir John Eliot, K.C.I.E., F.R.S. and Lady Eliot, of Bonporteau, Cavalaire, Var, France; husband of Ella Mary Eliot (now Mrs Macartney), of Newstead. Simla, India.
Army III.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Indian Army (14th Murray's Jat Lancers) 1905.

'He obtained an Indian Cadetship at Sandhurst, was commissioned to 14th Jat Lancers in August 1905, and promoted Captain nine years later. He served on the first of the Frontier Expeditions in India, during the war, as extra A.D.C. to Lieutenant-General Blomefield, and on the second as signalling officer. Subsequently he left for another front, where he was killed on February 25th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).

He married Mary Ella Rathbone daughter of Col. William Hans Rathbone R.E. and Bella Grace McNeale on 5 Oct 1914 in Simla, Bengal, India. His widow later married Col Frank Alan George Macartney OBE MC and then Edward Robert Henry Herbert, 5th Earl of Powis, CBE.


Http://www.monchique.com/Ochanoff/ohanov/ochanoff/330.htm
http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/powis1804.htm

2nd Lieut Wallace George Hardman
House: Sch 1911 - 1914. Regiment: Manchester Regt..
Died: 09 January 1917 aged 20 in Iraq. Killed in action near Kut.
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery XX1 D 11

Born: March 12th 1897 at 37 Spring Street, Oldham. Son of Mrs. Wilhemina I. Hardman, of Grove View, Delph, near Oldham and 15, Charlbury Rd., Oxford, and the late James Hardman, M.A. 2 brothers (James and Andrew), 1 sister (Catherine).
Went to Manchester University: 1914, Student, Textile Industries; Officer Training Corps, October 1914 to March 1915. Gazetted 26 March 1915 [LG 26 March 1915, page 2993]; 13th Battalion Manchester Regiment; 2nd Lieutenant; Mesopotamia.

'Wallace Hardman came to Malvern from Mr. Lynam's School like many other excellent fellows and, though he was never a very prominent boy, his manliness and common-sense made him respected and liked, and he bade fair to turn out a very sound and useful man.
His commanding officer, wrote: "Your son was shot through the head and died instantaneously while gallantly leading his men in an attack on the morning of January 9th. His conduct during the attack in its earlier stages was so gallant that I intend to mention his name particularly when the next despatches are sent in, as, in conjunction with several others, he succeeded in saving what at one time looked like a very dangerous situation."' (Malvernian, Mar & Apr 1917).

Embarked Bombay: 7-8-16
Disembarked at Busra: 12-8-16
Dragon School
Service record:WO 339/37962


No of records: 2. View all 459 records     Second World War