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 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, 2nd Lt 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
Son of the Rev. George Charles Carter, of The Rectory, Bartlow, Cambs, b. 1896.
Middle IV—Lower Modern II.
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.
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.
'He passed 15th into Sandhurst, taking a Prize Cadetship in July 1914. He received his commission in December 1914, and shortly afterwards went to the front in France. After a considerable period of training behind the lines he found his chance of active warfare in the recent retreat of the enemy from the Somme front, and was one of the first of the cavalry to fall. He was killed in action on March 10. He was a bright boy at School, full of mental and physical activity, and, one would imagine, the real type of a cavalry officer.' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).
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
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.
'Hedley Cuthhertson's school-life at Malvern of 4.5 years was marked by two chief characteristics, his success as an athlete, and his marked independence of character. At football and cricket generally he reached a good Eleven standard, while his wicket keeping was something better. In fact wicket keeping was exactly suited to his temperament. It called out all his skill, and entailed no bustle ; for he was one of those who could not be bustled. But his strong will and his kindly disposition were the chief causes of the affection that his school friends entertained for him at School and afterwards, and which endears his memory to them now.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
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
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.
'At School he distinguished himself in various directions. His intellectual powers were considerable, and it was confidently anticipated that he would have a creditable career at Oxford, where he had gained a Mathematical Scholarship shortly before the war broke out. His keenness and determination and high principle won for him general respect, and those who were privileged to know him intimately realised the value of true friendship. He received his commission in August 1914, and was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment in September of that year. He died of wounds on April 26th, aged 20.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
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
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.
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.
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.
'Captain Graham was killed in Mesopotamia on July 24th. "Had he lived," writes his Colonel, "he would certainly have been mentioned in despatches. In addition to splendid leading on the day of his death, He had just previously carried out a daring night reconnaissance which was of considerable value to the Force. It was a fine death —killed in the heat of action in a very hot corner." He was a fearless, large-hearted man, who never allowed his abounding humour to veil a serious outlook upon life. ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
He was killed during the capture of Al Nasiriya on the Euphrates.
Wisden on the Great War
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
Service record:WO 339/37962
Son of H. B. Harington. 22 Mornington Avenue, W. Kensington. b. 1868.
III—Modern I. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Football.
Welsh Regt. (from Militia) 1888; I.S.C. 1890; Major 92nd Punjabis 1906.
Great War, Lieut.-Colonel 62nd Punjabis (attached); killed in action in the Persian Gulf, March 8, 1916; Despatches. F.Z.S.
An authority on the Birds of Burma and author of works on Ornithology 'Anas poecilorhycnha haringtoni' named after him.
'Lieut.-Col. Harrington's associations with his old School were, owing to his having spent the whole of his soldiering life in India, few and far between. He paid, however, two visits latterly, one in 1908 and again in 1914, when he brought his wife to see the School. Those who had known him at School in the early eighties found in him after more than twenty years exactly the same quiet, modest, keen disposition they had known in his School days. He was not prominent as an athlete, but took his part in all School games and interests, and was a general favourite. His death on the field of honour will enshrine his memory among those who knew and loved him.—H.F. He was killed in Mesopotamia on March 8th, 1916. (Malvernian, Apr 1916).
Son of the Hon. Mrs. Haverfield, of 46, Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington, London.
attd. 24th Punjabis.
'John Haverfield was the son of the late Major Henry Haverfield, R.H.A., and the Hon, Mrs. Haverfield, who is at present in charge of a Scottish Women's Hospital in Serbia. He passed from Sandhurst into the Indian Army (27th Cavalry) in 1908, and exchanged to the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1912. In 1913 he retired from the Army to take up business in India. On the outbreak of the war he offered himself for service, and was attached to the 24th Punjabis. He died on July 14th, in the Persian Gulf, of wounds received in action.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Born on March 7th 1883 in India. Son of the late Henry Francis Hebbert, (Indian Civil Service), and Mrs. Hebbert; husband of Maisie Hebbert, of 14, Granville Gardens, Ealing Common, London.
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)
'R. F. Hebbert will be best remembered by the masters and his contemporaries as a boy with a pleasant charm of manner and quiet earnest disposition. His taste turned to a medical profession, and he left rather early before he had attained as high a position in the School as his character and ability would have raised him. He died on active service in Mesopotamia.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Kings College London Memorial
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.
'He joined the Militia (3rd Royal Lancaster) in January 1900, and served in the South African War; Queen's Medal with clasp. In May 1901, he was gazetted to the Bedfordshire Regiment, and in August 1903, joined the Indian Army (82nd Punjabis). He served as Adjutant from 1907-11, was promoted Captain in 1909, and qualified for the English Staff College in 1913. He passed for the Indian Staff College in 1914. He became Staff Captain at Allahabad in November 1914, and D.A.A.G. in February 1915. He left India on active service in November 1915, and was killed on the night of January 7th, while searching for two wounded officers. His name appeared in the list of Mentioned in Despatches issued on October 20th. Norman Howell was a delicate-looking little boy when he came to Malvern, but he had pluck and grit, and his subsequent career proves that he was made of the right stuff. His character was most attractive, and if he had not left early to fight in the Boer War he would doubtless have made more of a mark at School. His service record shows what a good soldier he was.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Memorial at St Mary and St Rhadegunde church, Whitwell, Isle Of Wight
Son of Mrs. A. E. Saunders, Rothley Vicarage, Leicestershire, b. 1891.
Middle IV—Middle Shell. House Prefect. XL Football.
Great War, Private Canadian Forces 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Leicestershire Regt.
Killed in action in Mesopotamia, February 20, 1916.
'At School he showed great pluck and keenness in his games. At the time of the outbreak of war he had been in Canada about two months, and within a few weeks of the opening of hostilities he enlisted, and eventually came to England with the first Canadian Contingent. At Christmas 1914, he was given a commission, and transferred to the 3rd Leicestershire Regiment, and in the following March he went to France attached to the 2nd Battalion, and saw a good deal of active service before his removal to Mesopotamia in November. He was killed about Feb. 20th, 1916, in the Persian Gulf, at the age of 26.' (Malvernian, Apr 1916).
Son of A. B. Rathbone, Red Gables, Formby, Liverpool, b. 1884.
Lower V—VI. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; XL Football ; Shooting VIII.
Oriel College, Oxford; B.A. 1905. Played Golf for Oxford against Cambridge.
Formerly Schoolmaster; subsequently Actor.
Great War, enlisted 1914 ; Captain 11th Batt. Gloucester Regt. Killed in action, April 21, 1916; Despatches.
'After a short time spent as a schoolmaster, he joined the Benson Company, and, making rapid progress as an actor, had played important parts on the London stage with marked success. In February 1915 he was given a commission in the 11th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, becoming Lieutenant in August and Captain in November. Sent out to Gallipoli, he took part in the evacuation at Suvla Bay. He was reported as having been killed on April 21st. The curtain has fallen on an artist who gave promise of reaching a foremost place in his profession, but we think rather of the man who never lost his boyish charm of manner and character, and of the home which is bereft of a strong and lovable personality.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Service record: WO 339/32752
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.
'He was a boy of considerable ability and showed marked originality. He left Malvern rather young, otherwise he would certainly have played a prominent part in the life of the School. He had served the whole of his twenty years in India with the 12th Cavalry except for two short breaks—the first when he was employed 1904-06 with the King's African Rifles, and the second when for a period he acted as adviser to a young native Rajah. He was wounded in action in Mesopotamia, and died the next day, February 8th. ' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
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).
'The above details show clearly enough that in his career at School he achieved much, and that he attained a position of great importance. He had the opportunity of exercising considerable influence, and he made good use of it. His influence was always sound.
His intellectual powers were of high quality; in addition to a decided taste for Classical and English Literature he had a special aptitude for music and painting. He thus had a variety of interests which made him an excellent companion, and his closest friends were attracted to him partly by a charm of manner and partly by singleness of aim and sincerity of purpose. He gave help to many who needed help, and in his home circle he was the mainstay of the house.
At Cambridge he won the esteem of tutors and men alike, and one of the former says of him that "he never put himself forward but his influence made itself felt, and was always on the side of things wholesome and straight and manly."Similar testimony is borne to his character by those with whom he worked after he left Cambridge.
When war broke out he joined the Cambridge O.T.C. again (he had been a member of that when he was an undergraduate), and was granted a commission in September 1914. In August 1915 he was wounded in Gallipoli, and about the same time he was promoted Captain. When his regiment joined the Kut relief force he and his brother, Lieut. J. H. Watson, in the same regiment, were mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross. When the forces in Mesopotamia advanced on Baghdad the East Lancashire Regiment suffered very severely at the crossing of the Diala River, and Captan T. P. Watson was killed on March 7th.
The Colonel of the Battalion, who was in command last year, says that Captain Watson was one of the finest officers in the regiment, and that the loss which his family had suffered and the sorrow they felt would be shared by his Colonel, his brother officers, and every man in the regiment.
Colonel Davy, who was commanding the regiment at the Diala, writes: "He was beloved by every officer and man who came in contact with him ; he devoted the whole of his life since he had been adjutant to the welfare of every officer and man in the regiment. His rare unselfishness, devotion to duty, and his charming character made the handling of men with him an easy thing. His fine brain made all work easy to him, and his devotion to this regiment seemed to make him tireless, and his great spirit overcame physical fatigue."' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
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.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; Captain 8th Cheshire Regt.
Killed in action in Mesopotamia, April 30, 1917; Despatches.
'At School he gained most distinction at cricket, especially as a bowler, and his contemporaries and not a few of his opponents will recall the eccentric flight which he imparted to the ball. At Cambridge he took up rowing, and was good oar enough to row for the Trinity Hall Eight at Henley. He joined one of the Public Schools Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers in September 1914, and in the following May was gazetted to the Cheshire Regiment. In May of last year he went to a Battalion in the Eastern sphere of the war where he fell on April 30th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Son of A. E. Wynne, Priory House, The College, Dover, b. 1897.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Indian Army (10th Gurkha Rifles) 1915 ; Lieutenant 1916.
Great War, killed in action at Mushak (Mesopotamia), October 26, 1918.
'A thoroughly sound boy at School, Eric Wynne did not come to the fore very much, but his conduct was blameless, and there was a certain quiet dignity about him which promised well for his future.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).