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, 126 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
29 received the MC, 10 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 246 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.
'He came to Malvern late, and subsequently went to live in Western Australia, where he practised as a solicitor. He volunteered with the first Australian contingent, and was killed at Gallipoli on August 7th, 1915, when serving with the l6th Infantry Battalion.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
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.
'On leaving school he trained with the Inns of Court O.T.C., and before going to India in 1912 as Assistant Manager of the Indian Branch of the Oxford University Press, he was gazetted Second Lieutenant in the Special Reserve of Officers. On the outbreak of war he volunteered his services as Sergeant pending his being gazetted to a regiment, and served in France throughout the autumn and winter. He was gazetted Second Lieutenant 3rd South Wales Borderers in February, and in May, having been attached to the 2nd Battalion of that regiment, joined in at the Dardanelles, where he fell on June 19th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
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.
'He joined the Army at the outbreak of the war, being given a commission in the 6th Border Regiment. He was gazetted temporary Captain in May, and left almost immediately for the Dardanelles. He was remarkable for a sturdy honesty of character, outspoken in conversation, and independent in action. Though he felt it bitterly when he was unable to continue his athletic career, he had many other interests. His loss will be great to those who knew him well. He was a delightful companion and a very loyal friend, much attached to his old school and interested in all that concerned Malvern. He was killed on August 22nd, aged 27.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
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.
'At Sandhurst he was appointed a Cadet Officer and obtained a Blue for Running. In Jan. I914 he was commissioned to the 2nd Bn. of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and in July was transferred to the 1st Bn. at Madras. In March of this year he was promoted Lieutenant and was made second officer in charge of the Machine Gun Section. He was killed in action at the Dardanelles on April 28th. He was a boy of an affectionate nature and many sympathies, shown not only among school-fellows but also in the social work to which he devoted part of his holidays, and his power as a leader combined with a striking natural courtesy rendered him an exceptionally successful Head of his House. ' (Malvernian, Jun 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.
'When the war broke out he joined the 1st Herefordshire Regiment as a private. He offered to raise 150 men on joining, and performed the task within a week. He was gazetted Captain three months after enlisting, and died of wounds received in Gallipoli in the middle of August. ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record:WO 374/16666 Geni Peerage.com
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).
'He volunteered for service shortly after the war broke out, and was attached for a time to the 4th P. S. Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, and was training in Surrey. He was subsequently gazetted as 2nd Lieut, in the Duke of Wellington's Regt., and went out to Gallipoli in 1915. After an engagement at Suvla Bay on August 12th, he was reported missing, and unfortunately there can be no doubt now that he was killed on that date. Chris Elmhirst was not at school long enough to reach a prominent position, but those who knew him here will remember him as a bright, cheery companion, who took a keen interest in the general life of the School, and helped to make life easier for others, by contributing to their happiness. After he joined the Army his letters showed the interest that he took in the work he was doing, and his eagerness to do his part, wherever his services were required.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
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 Sir Robert Gardner, Ashley House, Dublin. b. 1883.
Lower IV - Army I. House Prefect.
21st Lancers (from Militia) 1902; Captain 1912.
Husband of Dorothy Gardner.
The Times: ''Captain Gardner joined the 21st Empress of India's Lancers in 1902, when they were stationed in Dublin, being promoted Lieutenant in 1909 and Captain in October 1912. He was appointed Adjutant of the Royal Bucks Hussars Yeomanry in March 1914, and came from India to take up this appointment; he was with the Yeomanry for a year before going with them on active service to Egypt and Gallipoli. Captain Gardner was a keen polo player, and played for his regiment in many tournaments both at home, in Egypt, and in India. He was believed killed while leading his men in a charge on August 21st, 1915."
Detailed biography at whitchurch.org
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.
'At the outbreak of the war he joined H. M. forces, and was sent out to the Dardanelles as Lieut, of the 12th Bn. of the Essex Regt. Reported as missing in August last, under circumstances which seemed to admit of no real doubt as to his fate, he was not officially reported as killed until January of this year. He was a boy of singular charm and cheeriness of manner, and extremely popular at school.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
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.
'He came to No. 7 at the age of 13, and remained nearly six years. Without earning any very great distinction, either in work or games, he was popular with everybody. He became a House Prefect, gained his XL Cap in Cricket, and was a keen member of the Corps. After leaving Cambridge he proceeded to New Zealand, where he was doing well. Directly war broke out he enlisted in the New Zealand Contingent, and was sent in April last to Egypt, and thence to Gallipoli, where he was one of the first to land. At the end of August he was reported missing with 300 others. The Turks, for some months, refused to give the names of their prisoners. When, however, they did so, his name was not in the list. He always preserved a keen affection for his old School, which he frequently expressed in his letters home.' (Malvernian, Apr 1916).
Born Feb 26th 1893. Second son of the Rev. William Grundy, Headmaster of Malvern College 1885-1891, and Margaret Grundy, School House, Abingdon. 1 brother (William), 3 sisters (Margaret, Mary & Flora).
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; 2nd Lieutenant Cadet Corps.
Great War, Lieutenant 9th Batt. Warwickshire Regt.
'George Grundy gave to Haileybury the best that was in him. The Master of Haileybury College writes of him: "We miss and shall miss Grundy more than I can say. He was an enthusiastic scholar; a keen player of all games; a Housemaster, and an Officer of O.T.C. But, more than all this, his gallant spirit, his wit, and his unfailing cheerfulness are what we shall always remember." On the outbreak of war he was gazetted Lieut, 9th (Service) Bn. R. Warwickshire Regt. His regiment was sent last June to the Dardanelles; in his short experience of active service his influence with his men is illustrated by the following extract from a censored letter: "I don't think I could go on, if it were not for our officer Mr. Grundy: he does everything for us, and we would do anything for him." He was killed on July 22, while encouraging his men to advance against some troublesome snipers. One who knew him all his life writes of him: "George Grundy inspired affection in no common degree. In his boyhood he had the gift of disarming the sternest and most justly irritated Masters. Out of school, and in later years, his wholesome and happy disposition, his wide sympathy, and perhaps, above all, his quaint humour, and sudden irresistible laugh, won him hosts of friends, who feel now that something radiant and vivifying has passed from their lives." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
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 College wrote of him: “He was a keen scholar; he was a fine athlete; but what we loved him for was the boyish 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
Son of Kenneth Howard Hathorn (Judge, Supreme Court, S. Africa), of 175, Loop St., Pietermaritzburg, Natal. B. 1893.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant N. Lancashire Regt. 1914.
6th Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
'Charles Hathorn the brother of W. B., was a South African by birth and a cousin of A. W. H. Scott, who was killed early in the War. He joined up early and received a Commission in the Loyal N. Lancashire Regt. He was soon sent out to Gallipoli, and was declared "missing" in August 1915, being last seen surrounded along with other comrades by a large number of Turks and engaged in hand-to-hand fighting. He was not presumed killed until August of this year. He won no prominence either in School or on the play grounds, but he was one of the best swimmers in the School. He was a cheery generous character, and universally popular.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Son of Mrs C. R. Longbourne and late Charles R. V. Longbourne of Highmead, Guildford Liphook, Hants, b. 1887.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class. House XI Football; Anderson Medal.
Solicitor 1912; 1914. 2nd Lieutenant 5th Battalion attd. 2nd/4th Bn. The Queens (West Surrey Regt.)
Great War, mobilised 1914, Lieutenant.
Killed in action in Gallipoli August 9, 1915.
'He was mortally wounded on May 8th, 1915, whilst leading his platoon near the crest of Chocolate Hill above Suvla Bay. His men went on but were driven back, and had to dig themselves in. It was found impossible to bring him in under the heavy fire during daylight, but he continued to give his orders as he lay in the open for some hours until he died. At school his cheery nature and peculiarly loyal and affectionate disposition endeared him to all who knew him.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
'He took part in the landing at Suvla Bay on the early morning of 9 Aug 1915, and in the subsequent assault on Chocolate Hill, the same day; while leading his platoon in the attack he was badly wounded near the top of the hill, but refused to allow his men to help him, telling them to go on. Afterwards, owing to the cross fire and nature of the country, it was found impossible to get to him and he was never seen again.' (De Ruvigny).
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.
Despatches (2). 1st Bn. Border Regiment
Medal card: WO 372/14/114064
87 Brigade war diary: WO 95/4311
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. 14th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
He married Marjorie Putnam on the 29th of November 1912 in St. Jude's church, West Kensington, London, England.
They had one daughter, Caroline Fay Picot born on the 20th March 1914.
'After serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment for three years he spent three years at the Mining School, Camborne, and later became a manager of the Eastern Smelting Company, Penang. On the outbreak of the war he served with the Penang Volunteers, but feeling his services would be more valuable at home, returned, and was immediately given a commission and within a month promoted Captain. He again volunteered and was sent to the Dardanelles, and fell on July 11 while attached to the 5th Royal Scots.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
“He was a Captain in the 14th Sherwood Foresters but volunteered for active service, and took out six officers to the Dardanelles. He went straight into the trenches and took over command of the 1st Battalion 5th Royal Scots , which earned great glory with the 29th Regular Division – the Immortals. He commanded the Royal Scots in several attacks on Achi Baba and took and held two lines of trenches though the Turks attacked on three consecutive nights and at the end only 200 men and 6 officers were left. He was ordered to take his battalion on relief out of the trenches to refit and rest on the Beach. He did this safely on 11th July, 1915. On calling the roll he found some wounded men were out in the front. As the fire was heavy and the position very exposed, he said: “I will go out alone and search for them.” He never came back. He was found shot through the head, insensible, and died in half an hour. (Pinang Gazette).
“In his last letter to his father Capt. Picot said, “The fighting is very severe, losses very heavy, death on every side, but, strangely, death has no horror to me. I will hold on. The Turks will never take my trenches. I am only tired out. No sleep for three nights, fighting all the time for 18 days. I will never be a prisoner of war! I have had two periscopes smashed and more shaves of death than you would think possible.”
“Capt. Picot’s commander wrote to his father: “Your son was a brilliant soldier, a gallant officer and absolutely fearless.”
Detailed biography at sherwood-foresters.co.uk
Service record:WO 339/7192
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 1914. Despatches.
'As Head of his House he proved a real leader, and put the greatest enthusiasm into all which he undertook.
At the outbreak of war he was ordered to Naas and afterwards to the Curragh, to raise the 6th Service Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, with which he proceeded to the Gallipoli Peninsular on July 9th. He took part in all the heavy fighting at Suvla Bay until August 15th, when he fell in the moment of victory.
An officer of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers wrote: "When the word came that we were to clear the ridge we fixed bayonets; then we all started together, Dublins and Munsters, John (Captain Preston) shouting 'Come on, boys.' They (the Turks) threw bombs and opened fire upon us as we neared the top, but we went straight on and rushed the trench. The Turks put up their hands. I saw John stop his men who were just going to bayonet a Turkish officer. As you know, he was my best friend, and was loved by everyone in the regiment, officers, N.C.O.'s, and men."' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
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.
'He left School rather young to study medicine, but later on he decided to matriculate at Oxford. He was at Lincoln College, and took his degree in 1912. He then took up teaching as his profession, and at the time of the outbreak of war he was a master in a preparatory school at Cromer. He volunteered for service and was given a commission in the East Yorkshire Regt. (6th Battalion). He was promoted Captain in Feb. 1915. He was killed in action in the Dardanelles about the 8th of August. His career at School was too short to admit of his reaching a position of prominence, but his high principle and sense of duty won for him the esteem of those who came into contact with him.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
His battalion landed at Suvla Bay on 7 August 1915, and on the following day, the battalion was ordered to join 32 Brigade, near Chocolate Hill. Norman took command of C Company, and the battalion was ordered to attack the Turkish lines at Tekke Tepe. He was killed in action during this assault on 10 August 1915.
Biography at West Wales War Memorial Project
There is a memorial to him at St Davids, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Dyfed.Memorial details
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.
'At School he never took a very prominent position being of a retiring nature, but he was all the time laying in a store of character which asserted itself, when the time came, in a very remarkable way.
As an officer he showed quite unusual promise, and won the affection and respect of officers and men alike. His Commanding Officer writes: "The regiment in conjunction with some Munsters had just made a brilliant charge and captured the position. When on it, I asked your son to take some men along the ridge and make good the eastern end of it. Just as they were doing so a bomb was hurled over the crest hitting your poor boy on the head. He died instantly. To me personally your son is a terrible loss. He had been Adjutant for several months and right well he did his work. No boy could have done more." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Son of James Woolley Roberts and Claudine Celia Elizabeth 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.
'He was admitted Solicitor in 1909 after passing the Final Examination with Honours and winning the "John Peacock" Prize open to candidates in the Manchester district. In August 1914, together with his elder brother, J. B. Roberts (who was rejected on medical grounds) he volunteered for service and obtained a commission in the 7th Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers. From September to May he was with his regiment in Egypt. He was killed in action in the Gallipoli Peninsula on June 12th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Born 8th November 1890. Son of Thomas B. and Harriette Rutherfoord.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Border Regt. 1910; Captain 1915.
Great War, 1st Bn. attd. 6th Bn. Border Regiment.
Brother of Miss M F Rutherfoord of Itchen Abbas, Winchester, Hampshire.
'He left school rather young and before reaching a position of authority. He was a bright intelligent boy, and though not very robust physically, he showed considerable courage and determination in all that he undertook. He was killed at the Dardanelles about the 9th of August.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
'He was shot first in the hand and then in the head and killed on the ridge to the left of Chocolate Hill about 5 o'clock in the morning of August 7th. Lieut Gillbank & McCausland were killed at the same time & place. There were only nine men at this particular spot and they were unaware that the battalion had retired.
Witness says that only two men got back and he (witness) was one of them.' (Testimony of Private Boardman, Border Regt, Grand Hotel, Helouan, 15th October 1915).
Below is an extract from the Unit War Diary:
'9th August 1915. At 1.45am the Battn left bivouac & marched to Yilghin Burnu reaching positions for deployment just north of this point at 5am.
The advance started about 5am. The advance proceeded in a satisfactory manner till 6.30am, the firing line reaching the nalla near Ismail Uglutepe. The left at this junction about the region of Kanli Keupru Dere was driven in, the enemy coming on to Hill 70 & the heights of Abrijka thereby enfilading the left of the Battn attack. A & B Companies were now pushed into the firing line. Battn Headqrs were formed along the road just north of Tordut Chesme, a very heavy enfilade fire from enemy machine guns was experienced & the firing line became divided into isolated groups, no supports coming up. A further retirement on the left caused the Commanding Officer to collect as many men as he could along the road about Tordut Chesme. The line was held all day until 5pm. A large number of men had been killed & wounded along the line by machine guns. At 5pm the remainder of the Battn retired about 150 yds & occupied an old trench & dug in.
Casualties being Officers: 12 killed, 4 wounded & 1 missing. 20 officers started the attack.
Rank & file: Killed 26, wounded 241, missing 131. 696 men started in the morning.'
Memorial at St John The Baptist, Itchen Abbas, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Service record:WO 339/7744 Unit War Diary page 1 Unit War Diary page 2
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.
'F. G. B. Thomas, the son of Major Thomas (O. M.), was only at Malvern a very short time, as the climate did not suit him. He was with the 1st Essex at the landing at Gallipoli, and was wounded on May 6th. He subsequently re-joined his regiment, and was reported Missing, believed killed in the attack on the Turkish trenches before Krithia, on August 16th, 1915. He was only 22.' (Malvernian, Nov 1919).
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.
'The officer commanding another native regiment writes: "The whole of the officers of my regiment were killed or wounded, and he was sent up to take my place. He was really attached to the 1/5th and not to us, but we had nobody left, and the General thought someone must go up. He came to see me before he went out, and said that he would do his best to get the regiment safely out of the precarious position they were in. The regiments on the right and left had retired and left them greatly exposed. Within 10 minutes of getting up he was killed."' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Born: 25th July 1896. Son of Francis Stanton and Mary Innes Wilmot-Sitwell, Monkswell, Beaulieu, Hants.
Lower IV—Army III. House Prefect.
R.M.L.I. 1914. Portsmouth Bn. R.N. Div Royal Marines.
'He went out with the R.N.D. in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forde, Feb 1915, landed at Gaba Tepe with the Anzacs, and was killed in action on the slopes of Achi Baba, on the 13th July.' (De Ruvigny)
His name is inscribed in a memorial at St Matthew's Church, Morley, Derbyshire below a statue of St George.Memorial details
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