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 C. Attwood, The Laurels, Conderton, Tewkesbury. b. 1871.
Solicitor in W. Australia.
Became a farmer in Western Australia. He had two children and was a widower.
Next of kin: Son, daughter, Parents: Colin Charles and Esther Attwood, The Laurels, Conderton, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, England Biography Ancestry
Son of B. Cass, Secunderabad, Deccan. B. 1891.
Lower V—Lower VI. House Scholar. Shooting VIII ; House XI Cricket.
Assistant Manager, Oxford University Press, Indian Branch ; later with Lyon, Lord & Co., Bombay ; 2nd Lieutenant, General Reserve of Officers.
Great War, Sergeant 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers.
Medal card: WO 372/4/47955
Born: 15 Feb 1888, Shire House. Son of Calder Hurst Clegg (Cotton Manufacturer) of Shire House, Littleborough, Westmorland and Haverbrack, Milnthorpe, Westmorland.
Mother: Mary Ann Clegg formerly Thompson
Brother: Edmund Berwick Clegg
Lower Shell—Lower VI. School Prefect. XXII Football;
Lieutenant in Corps.
Brasenose College, Oxford ; B.A. (Third Class Jurisprudence) 1910 ;
6th Bn. Border Regiment.
Address: Hawes Mead, Kendal
Service record: WO 339/11511
Son of Hon. F H M Corbet, Madras. Born:1894. Brother to George Frederick Francis Corbet.
Middle IV A—Army II. School Prefect. Head of House. Champion Athlete. House XI Football. Cadet Officer.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
Medal card: WO 372/5/22337
Born September 5, 1868, (10th Bart). Son of Sir Herbert George Denman Croft, 9th Bt., Lugwardine Court, Hereford.
1st Bn. Herefordshire Regiment.
Wife: Lady Katharine Agnes Croft (formerly Parr, married 3 Feb 1903), of Croft Castle, Kingsland, Herefordshire
Children: Elinor Croft, born 14 Jan 1904, and James Hebert Croft, born 24 May 1907.
He was Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire.
He died circa 11 August 1915 at Gallipoli, missing, presumed killed in action.
Service record:WO 374/16666
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Son of Mrs. E. M. Crowe, Silverhill, Kenilworth, Cape Town. b. 1886.
Ill—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Jesus College, Cambridge ; B.A. 1909 ; stroked Leander Crew at Terdonck International Regatta 1911 ;
He was part of the Jesus College Cambridge rowing crew who beat the Belgiums in 1911 in Belgium.
Anson Bn. R.N. Div. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
The Extinguished Flame: Olympians Killed in The Great War By Nigel McCrery
Son of the Rev. W. H. and Mrs. Elmhirst, of "Elmhirst," Barnsley and Pindar Oaks, Barnsley, b. 1894.
Middle Shell—Science II.
Articled to a Land Agent.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 8th Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).
Barnsley Chronicle 7 October 1916:
'He was articled to Messrs. Fennell and Green, mining engineers, of Wakefield, when he volunteered for service.
He was officially reported missing at Suvla Bay on August 11 or 12 1915, and is now presumed killed.'
There is a memorial plaque in St Mary's Church, Worsborough to him and his brother William.
His brother Leonard founded the Dartington Hall Trust.
Barnsley Soldiers Barnesley Historian
Service record: WO 339/1534
Brigade War diary: WO 95/4299
on of SiRobert Gardner, Ashley House, Dublin. b. 1883.
Lower IV -Army I. House Prefect.
21st Lancers (from Militia) 1902 ; Captain 1912.
Husband of Dorothy Gardner.
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Born: 7th April 1884, Hill Crest, Theydon Bois. Son o
f Charles Henry and Annette Emily Gardom, Hylands, Forest Road, Walthamstow and Longfield Cottage, Tadworth, Surrey.
Lower V-VI. School Prefect. XL Cricket.
12th Bn. attd. 1st Bn Essex Regiment
Gold Medal Skater of the National Skating Association in 1911.
England: 6th August 1914 to 16th Sep 1914
Embarked from Southampton: 17 Sep 1914
Exhaustion: 6 Dec 1914
Returned to Duty: 9 Dec 1914
Appointed temp 2nd Lieut and left for England: 9 Jan 1915
Gallipoli Campaign. 1915.
Following is a statement concerning his death from Cpl W. Challis:
'Mr Gardom was in charge of my platoon on the 6th August. We were ordered to take a T.T. (Turkish Trench) at No Man’s Land in front H. 12 Achi Baba. I saw Mr Gardom jump into the T.T. with three men. Only one of the four returned and he told me that the other two men and Mr Gardom were killed, Mr Gardom being shot in the arm and mouth and again just as he was actually jumping into the trench. '
Service record: WO 339/19869 <
Son of Dr. Griffiths, 5 Kensington Square, W. b. 1888.
Upper IV - Remove.
Trinity College, Cambridge;
Tea Planter in Ceylon; subsequent1y in New Zealand.
Great War, Private N.Z. Infantry 1914.<
Son of Rev W Grundy, Malvern College. b. 1883.
Junior School - VI. Latin Verse; English Verse. School Pre fect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Heath H arrison Exhibitioner, Brasenose College, Oxford; Second Class Mods. ; B.A. (Fourth Class Lit. Hum.) 1906; played Golf v Cambridge 1904—06 (captain); Assistant Master Pocklington School 1906-07; H aileybury College 1908; House Master 1913; 2n Lieutenant Cadet Corps.
Great War, Lieutenant 9th Batt. Warwickshire Regt.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, July 22. I915.
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
He left for the Dardanelles in June 1915 and was killed in action in the front trenches at Gallipoli.
Col. Palmer, who was killed two days later and buried beside him wrote : “He was one of my best officers. He was always thinking of the welfare of his men and was much loved by his comrades, who could not fail to appreciate his unselfish devotion to their interests.”
Major Gordon, who succeeded Col. Palmer in command of the regt., wrote: “ Mr. Grundy was a splendid officer, energetic, capable, cheerful and brave.” His Influence with his men is illustrated by the following extract from a letter: “He does everything for us and we would do anything for him.” A brother officer concludes his letter : “Let it be some consolation that his end was worthy of his life and that he left behind him an example that we should like to follow.”
The Master of Haileybury y College wrote of him: “He was a keen scholar; he was a fine athlete; but what we loved him for was the boyi laugh, the unfailing cheeriness, the constant goodness of his heart. He had that real charm of personality which is given to but few men ; but it is perhaps the best of God’s good gifts. I cannot put my feelings better than in the words one wrote to me : ‘ All the sunshine seems to have gone out with Grundy's death’ “
Service record: WO 339/12837<
6th Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Son of Kenneth Howard Hathorn (Judge, Supreme Court, S. Africa), of 175, Loop St., Pietermaritzburg, Natal.
Son of of C. R. Longbourne, Liphook, Hants, b. 1887.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class. House XI Football; Anderson Medal.
Solicitor 1912 ; 2nd Lieutenant 5th Battalion The Queens (West
Surrey Regt.) 1914.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Lieutenant.
Killed in action in Gallipoli August 9, 1915.
Son of Colonel J. F. Morton, The Garden House, Mildmay Park, N. b. 1875.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Welch Regt. 1896; Border Regt. 1896; Captain 1906.
Great War, killed in action in Gallipoli May 2, 1915;
Son of Major F. S. Picot, Junior United Service Club, S.W. b. 1889.
Army IV—I. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; West Yorkshire Regt. 1908 ; resigned 1910.
School of Mines, Camborne ; with Eastern Smelting Company, Penang.
Great War, Captain Sherwood Foresters.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, July 11, 1915.
Son of Major Preston, Swainston, Dunsany, co. Meath. b. 1885.
Army IV—I. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Cricket and Football.
3rd Durham L.I. 1904 ; Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1907 ; Captain
Great War, killed in action in Gallipoli August 15, 1915 ; Despatches.
Son of Dr. H. T. Pringle, Hawtree, Ferndown, Wimborne. b. 1884.
Lincoln College, Oxford ; B.A. 1912 ;
Assistant Master, Stubbington House, Fareham, 1911 ; Suffield Park School, Cromer, 1913. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th E. Yorkshire Regt. 1914 ; afterwards Captain.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, August 8, 1915.
Son of J. W. Richards, 7 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, b. 1891.
Modern III—Matriculation Class.
Trinity College, Dublin; Gold Medal and First Place Final
Examination Law Society. Great War, Captain 6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, August 15, 1915 ; Despatches.
Son of J. W. Roberts, Westfield, Kersal, Manchester, b. 1886.
Lower Modern III—Lower Modern I. House Prefect. XL Football.
Solicitor (Honours) 1909 ; John Peacock Prize 1909 ;
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 7th Lancashire Fusiliers 1914.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, June 12, 1915.
Son of T. B. Rutherfoord. b. 1890.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Border Regt. 1910 ; Captain 1915.
Great War, killed in action in Gallipoli, August 9, 1915.
Son of Major F. L. C. Thomas (O.M.), Yapton, Camberley. b. 1893.
Upper IV B.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Essex Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
Great War, killed in action in Gallipoli, August 6, 1915.
Son of Colonel Tomes, Abbotsleigh, Bristol, b. 1884.
Modern III—Army I. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Lieutenant Unattached 1905 ; Indian Army 1906 ; Captain (53rd Sikhs) 1914 ; N.W. Frontier of India 1908, Medal with Clasp.
Great War, attached 5th Gurkha Rifles. Killed in action in Gallipoli, August 10, 1915.
Son of F. S. Wilmot-Sitwell, Monkswell, Bcaulieu, Hants, b. 1896.
Lower IV—Army III. House Prefect.
Great War. Killed in action in Gallipoli, July 14, 1915.