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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2nd Lieut Henry Parkyns Bridge Baines
House: No 7 1896 - 1898. Regiment: Gloucestershire Regt..
Died: 03 February 1917 aged 36 in Iraq. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial PANEL 17

Son of Arthur Baines and Catherine Mary Parkyns Baines, Uley House, Uley, near Dursley, Glos
Modern IV—Lower Modern II.
15th Bn. attd. 7th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.

On 2nd February 1917 orders were issued to establish a line of pickets extending from Kala-Haji-Fahan north-west to the River Tigris in the Dahra bend.
During these operations, 2Lt Baines was killed. His body was never identified or removed from the battlefield and he is commemorated on Panel 17 of the Basra Memorial.

After the war, his widow, Kathleen Haller, resided at Langham House, 197 Albany Street, Regent's Park, London.
Biography at livesofthefirstworldwar

Captain Edward Maurice Carter
House: No 7 1910 - 1912. Regiment: 11th Lancers (I. A.).
Died: 11 August 1920 aged 24 in Iraq. Treacherously killed at Tel Afar, Mesopotamia.
Cemetery: Baghdad North XV111 L 8

Son of the Rev. George Charles Carter, of The Rectory, Bartlow, Cambs, b. 1896.
Middle IV—Lower Modern II.
Farm Pupil.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; Lieutenant Durham L.I.; Captain I.A. 11th King Edward's Own Lancers (Probyn's Horse).

He was killed during the rising at Tal Afar in northern Iraq after that place was included in Iraq. Tal Afar was used as a base of operations for a planned revolt against the then ruling British.

2nd Lieut John Osborne Price Clarkson
House: No 6 1910 - 1914. Regiment: 13th Hussars.
Died: 10 March 1917 aged 22 in Iraq. Killed in action.
Battle: British capture Baghdad. Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 1

Born 30th October 1895, Nasik, Bombay
Father: John Wilkins Clarkson (Lt Colonel Indian Army)
Mother: Mrs. Eva M. L. Clarkson, The Hut, Esher (widow)
Modern III—Army I.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 13th Hussars 1914.

Address: Westbourne, Lee on Solent, Hants
Joined Regt in France on 25th October 1915 via Southampton and Rouen.
On 27th June 1916, embarked at Marseilles and disembarked at Basrah on 26th July 1916.

Service record: WO 339/23625

NB the 13th Hussars were involved with the capture of Baghdad in March 1917, so it seems the memorial book inscription ' of 'Killed in action at the Somme' is a mistake.Ref

Lieutenant Edward Hedley Cuthbertson
House: No 5 1903 - 1907. Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regt. Att Lan Regt.
Died: 24 July 1917 aged 29 in Iraq. Died on active service in Mesopotamia.
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery X111 L 6

Born 15th December 1889 at 59 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington. Son of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson and Alice Cuthbertson formerly Monro, Bushey House, Bushey, Herts.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket 1906,07 ; XI Football 1905,06.
Clare College, Cambridge ; played Association Football v. Oxford.
He was a noted cricketer playing for the Malvern 1st X1, Cambridge University, and Marylebone Cricket Club
In business, Stockbroker.
Address in 1914: 51 Egerton Crescent, Kensington.

9th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Embarked Bomday on 22nd June 1917 and disembarked Basrah 28th June 1917.
30th June 1917, arrived at Martina
Following from Medical case sheet:
20th July 1917 . Admitted to hospital at Amara. Had been proceeding up river and been 14 days in Mesopotamia.
21st July 1917, Temperature 106 degrees and patient collapsed. Pulse imperceptible
22nd July 1917. Restles night but seemed better, still rather cyanosed
23rd July 1917. Restless, pulse not so good, in evening temperature started to rise. Died at 6.30pm
25th July 1917, died from effects of heat.

Widow: Mary Constance Cuthbertson (formerly Follett), of 72, Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, London.

Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War By Nigel McCrery

Service record: WO 339/23182

Lieutenant Robert William Millington Dewhurst
House: No 2 1909 - 1914. Regiment: Wiltshire Regt..
Died: 26 April 1916 aged 21 in Iraq. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia.
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery V1 D 12

Born July 14th 1895. Son of Robert Paget Dewhurst and Florence Frances Maud Dewhurst, of 106, Abingdon Rd., Oxford, and Gonda, Oudh, India, and Littlecote, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe.
Upper V—Mathematical VI. Senior Scholar. Leaving Scholarship. School Prefect. Shooting VIII. House XI Football.
Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
He gained a mathematical scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in November, 1913, and on leaving Malvern in July, 1914, he was awarded a leaving scholarship and the Dowdeswell Prize for mathematics.
He received his commission in August, 1914, and was gazetted to the 5th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment in September of that year.

Telegram sent on 25 Apr 1916 stating that he had been severely wounded in the head on the 21/22 April in the Tigris line.

He was mentioned in a despatch from Lieutenant General Sir Percy Lake dated 24th August 1916, for 'gallant and distnguished service in the Field'.
Corpus Christi Oxford

Service record: WO 339/11799
Medal card: WO 372/6/15872
Unit Diary: WO 95/5161/3

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 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.


Captain Marmaduke Whitaker Graham
House: No 4 1894 - 1897. Regiment: West Kent Regt..
Died: 24 July 1915 aged 36 in Iraq. Killed in action in Mesopotamia.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial 11 R 5/6

Son of W. Graham, 2 Temple Gardens, London, E.C. b. 1879.
Shell - Upper V. School Prefect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Served in the South African War with 21st Batt. Imperial Yeomanry; Medal with 5 Clasps; Royal West Kent Regt. (from Militia) 1914; Captain 1914; West African Frontier Force 1910.

He was killed during the capture of Al Nasiriya on the Euphrates.
Wisden on the Great War

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

13th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Mentioned in Despatches
Son of Mrs. W. I. Hardman, of 15, Charlbury Rd., Oxford, and the late James Hardman, M.A. Born at Oldham.

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.
Dragon School
Service record:WO 339/37962

Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Hastings Harington
House: No 5 1881 - 1886. Regiment: 84th Punjabis (I.A.).
Died: 08 March 1916 aged 48 in Iraq. Killed in action in Mesopotamia.
Battle: Siege of Kut. Cemetery: Basra Memorial PANEL 48

84th Punjabis Commanding, 62nd Punjabis

Noted ornithologist ornithologist who worked in Burma. 'Anas poecilorhycnha haringtoni' named after him.

Lieutenant John Campbell Haverfield
House: No 4 1903 - 1905. Regiment: 24th Punjabis (I.A.).
Died: 14 July 1915 aged 28 in Iraq. Died of wounds in the Persian Gulf.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial V L 1

attd. 24th Punjabis
Son of the Hon. Mrs. Haverfield, of 46, Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington, London.

Captain Robert Francis Hebbert
House: No 3 1898 - 1900. Regiment: Indian Medical Service.
Died: 19 March 1916 aged 33 in Iraq. Died on active service in Mesopotamia.
Battle: Siege of Kut. Cemetery: Basra Memorial V F 9

Born on March 7th in 1883. Son of the late Henry Francis Hebbert, (Indian Civil Service), and Mrs. Hebbert; husband of Maisie Hebbert, of 14, Granville Gardens, Ealing Common, London. Born in India.

He was educated at St. Thomas's Hospital taking the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1906.
He entered the army as lieutenant on September 1st, 1906, and was promoted to captain on October 4th 1909.
Medical Officer of the 107th Pioneers, died in Mesopotamia of relapsing fever on March 19th, aged 33.
(British Medical Journal 1 April 1916)

Kings College London Memorial

Major Norman Elliot Howell
House: Sch 1896 - 1899. Regiment: 82nd Punjabis (I.A.).
Died: 07 January 1916 aged 34 in Iraq. Killed in action at Sheikh Saad.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 48/66

Son of Leonard Sidgwick Howell, Brentwood, Canterbury, N.Z. b. 1882.
Upper IV—Middle V.
Served with Royal Lancaster Militia in the South African War 1899-1900, Queen's Medal with Clasp ; Bedfordshire Regt. 1901 ; Indian Army (82nd Punjabis) 1903 ; Captain 1909 ; Staff College, Quetta, 1914.
Great War, D.A.A.G. Killed in action at Sheikh Saad (Mesopotamia), January 7, 1916; Despatches.

Husband of Mabel Howell, of 83, Ladbroke Grove, London.

82nd Punjabis attd. (Staff Capt.) 35th Infantry Bde.
Mentioned in Despatches.

Memorial at St Mary and St Rhadegunde church, Whitwell, Isle Of Wight

2nd Lieut Kenneth Hugh Pegg
House: Sch 1904 - 1909. Regiment: Leicestershire Regt..
Died: 20 February 1916 aged 25 in Iraq. Killed in action in Persian Gulf.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 12

Son of Mrs. A. E. Saunders, Rothley Vicarage, Leicestershire, b. 1891.
Middle IV—Middle Shell. House Prefect. XL Football.
In Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Forces 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Leicestershire Regt.
Killed in action in Mesopotamia, February 20, 1916.

Captain Guy Benson Rathbone
House: No 4 1898 - 1902. Regiment: Gloucestershire Regt..
Died: 21 April 1916 aged 32 in Iraq. Killed in action.
Battle: Siege of Kut. Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 17

Service record: WO 339/32752

Major Spencer Maxwell Tahourdin
House: No 2 1889 - 1891. Regiment: 12th Cavalry (I.A.).
Died: 08 February 1916 aged 41 in Iraq. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia.
Battle: Siege of Kut. Cemetery: Basra Memorial

Major, 12th Cavalry, Indian Army, died on February 8th in Mesopotamia, having been wounded in action the previous day.
He was educated, first at Eagle House School, and then at Malvern, where he gained a Scholarship, and whence he passed into the Royal Military College. He passed out of Sandhurst at the head of the candidates for the Indian Army in the summer of 1895.Obituary at

Captain Thomas Palmer Watson
House: No 2 1905 - 1910. Regiment: East Lancashire Regt..
Died: 07 March 1917 aged 26 in Iraq. Killed in action near Baghdad.
Cemetery: Baghdad North XX G 12

Son of W. J. Watson, The Hollies, Breaston, Derby, b. 1891.
Lower V—VI. English Verse. School Prefect. Head of House. Shooting VIII 1908-10 (captain). Cadet Officer.
Exhibitioner, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge ; B. A. (Third Class Class, Tripos) 1913.
Assistant Master at Forres Preparatory School, Northwood 1913.
Great War, Captain 6th Batt. E. Lancashire Regt.
Killed in action near Bagdad, March 7, 1917 ; M.C., Despatches (2).

Captain Sidney Walter Humfray Welsby
House: No 6 1905 - 1910. Regiment: Cheshire Regt..
Died: 30 April 1917 aged 26 in Iraq. Killed in action at Shatt-el-Adheim.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 14/62

Son of W. W. Welsby, Chichester House, Chester, b. 1891.
Upper V—VI. Senior Scholar. Faber Exhibitioner. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XL Football.
Scholar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge ; B.A. (Third Class Classical Tripos) 1913.
In business.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; Captain 8th Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action in Mesopotamia, April 30, 1917; Despatches.

Captain Eric Ralph Lovatt Wynne
House: Sch 1911 - 1914. Regiment: 10th Gurkha Rifles (I.A.).
Died: 26 October 1918 aged 21 in Iraq. Killed in action at Mushak.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 57

Son of A. E. Wynne, Priory House, The College, Dover, b. 1897.
Lower V—VI.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Indian Army (10th Gurkha Rifles) 1915 ; Lieutenant 1916.
Great War, killed in action at Mushak (Mesopotamia), October 26, 1918.

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