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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Lieutenant Colin Knox Anderson
House: No 7 1903 - 1908. Regiment: Royal West Kent Regt..
Died: 23 August 1914 aged 26 in Belgium. Killed in action at Mons.
Battle: Battle of Mons. Cemetery: Hautrage Military Cemetery 1 D 17

Son of George Knox Anderson, D.L., J.P., and Mrs. Anderson, of Bridge Hill House, Canterbury, Kent.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XXII Football.
In business.
Lieutenant 3rd Batt. Royal West Kent Regt. 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914. 3rd Bn. attd. "A" Coy. 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).

During the Battle of Mons, his company was ordered to cover the withdrawal of the cavalry patrols and crossed the Mons-Conde Canal.
Heavily outnumbered, almost half of his company were hit of which 2/3rds were killed or 'missing'.
He was shot through the head and was left behind when the retirement was called and was buried by the Germans.

Led by Lions: MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War By Neil Thornton


Major Percy Belcher Strafford
House: No 3 1882 - 1890. Regiment: West Riding Regt..
Died: 24 August 1914 aged 42 in Belgium. Killed in action at Wasmes, Belgium.
Cemetery: Hautrage Military Cemetery 1 C 13

Junior School—Army Class. School Prefect. XI Football 1889,90; XXII Cricket. R.M.C. Sandhurst; Duke of Wellington’s Regt. 1892; Major 1909; South African War 1899—1902, Despatches (twice), Queen’s Medal with 4 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
Great War, killed in action nea r Mons, August 24, 1914; Despatches.<

Lieutenant David Erskine Boyle
House: No 2 1903 - 1908. Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers.
Died: 26 August 1914 aged 25 in France. Killed in action at Cambrai.
Battle: Battle of Le Cateau. Cemetery: La Ferte Sous Jouarre

Son of the late Rear-Admiral Robert Hornby Boyle. b. 1889.
Middle IV B—Army I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football; XXII Cricket; Ledbury Cap. Lieutenant in Corps.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Lancashire Fusiliers 1909 ; Lieutenant 1911.
2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.

'Killed in the act of summoning aid for a fellow officer who had just been wounded. He was buried by his own men close to where he fell.'
Biography IWM

2nd Lieut Philip Hamilton Sulivan
House: No 4 1909 - 1911. Regiment: Royal Munster Fusiliers.
Died: 27 August 1914 aged 20 in France. Killed in action at Etreux.
Cemetery: Etreux British Military Cemetery 11 1

Son of Colonel E. F. Sulivan, Wilmington, Woking, b. 1894.
Middle IV B—Army III.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Royal Munster Fusiliers 1914.
Great War, killed in action at Etreux, August 22, 1914.

No of records: 4