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.
Born 25 Oct 1892. Son of Julie Emma Abbott, of The Austins, Handsworth, Birmingham, and the late Councillor & Chartered Accountant Edward James Abbott.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class.
Articled to a Chartered Accountant.
"A" Coy. 1st/5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
'At the beginning of the war he was studying as an articled pupil for qualification as a Chartered Accountant. In September 1915 he obtained a commission in one of the Territorial Battalions of the S. Staffs. Regt. On March 16th he was reported as wounded and missing, and subsequently as killed. His warm hearted, kindly nature won for him many friends both at School and afterwards. A recent letter from him shows the keen interest he always felt in the doings of his School and House.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Some sixty books were presented to the Grundy Library by C. E. Abbott (O.M.), in memory of his brother.
There is a life size bronze figure of him at rest in full uniform at St James Church, Handsworth, Birmingham, with the inscription:
“TO SAVE THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS LIFE AND THAT TO US IS EVERYTHING”.Ref
Medal Card: WO 372/1/1440
Service record:WO 374/20
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2686/1
Born: 11th July 1896 at 10 Montgomery Terrace, Ayr.
Father: William Morison Paterson (Dress Goods Manufacturer).
Mother: Margaret Swale Paterson (M.S. Agar).
Adopted son of R. Agar, Edgecombe Hall, Wimbledon Park, S.W. b. 1896.
Lower IV—Science I. School Prefect; House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders 1916.
At enlistment in May 1915, lived at Edgecombe Hall, Beaumont St, Wimbledon Park, London.
Brother: James A Paterson was killed near Ypres on October 30th 1914.
'After passing through Sandhurst he was gazetted to the Seaforth Highlanders, and went out to France on July 18th, where he was killed in action on October 14th. His cheerful and generous nature endeared him to all his contemporaries at School, and many boys owed much to his kindly and thoughtful influence.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
"He and his company were endeavouring to attain Dewdrop Trench, he was killed by very heavy machine gun fire while being driven back to Rainy Trench."
War Diary says that "he was a splendid officer and his death is a great loss to the Battalion".Ref
Service Record: WO 339/57485Extracts
Medal Card: WO 372/1/26326
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1483/5 (1916 July 1 - 1916 Dec 31)
Son of the Rev. Charles Lowther Arnold and Mary Delamere Arnold, of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Fareham, Hants and Wroxall Vicarage, Isle of Wight, b. 1892.
Middle IV A — Modern II. House Prefect. XI Cricket 1909, 10; Fives Pair.
Magdalene College, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Medieval and Modern Languages Tripos) 1914; played Cricket v. Oxford 1914.
Great War, Private 1914; afterwards 2nd lieutenant 18th Royal Fusiliers.
11th Bn. attd. 8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
He went to Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1911, and played cricket for Cambridge University, 1912-14, 5 matches. Hampshire, 1912-14, 16 matches. Free Foresters, 1914, 1 match.
'Alban Arnold was, as his record shows, distinguished both at school and afterwards at cricket. He was an excellent cricket-keeper, one of the two or three best we have had, and a very dangerous though perhaps not quite a sound bat. It was his consistently heavy scoring that forced him into the Cambridge Eleven of 1914. Here he was a steady, quiet, somewhat reserved boy, but always pleasant and attractive, and of striking appearance. He left a year, before his proper time to study in France, with a view to entering the Consular Service. As time went on he "came out" much more, and promised to become a really valuable man. He enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion in the first month of the war, and received his commission later in the year. He was killed in an advance on July 7th, 1916.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Ref:Wisden on the Great War
Final Wicket:Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War By Nigel McCrery
Medal card: WO 372/1/118329
8 Bn Royal Fusiliers (1915 June - 1918 Feb) War Diary: WO 95/1857/1
Born 30 May 1889. Son of John Aste (Corn Factor) and Margaret Aste, Hawthorns, Foxgrove road, Beckenham, Kent & 34 Clement's lane, London.
Lower V—Lower VI. House XI Football.
In 1909 was working aged 20 as an articled clerk to a solicitor (John Carnm Holmes).
Solicitor in 1912.
Living at 42 Lancaster Gate, London at time of application for commission in 1915. Had joined the Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry) on 27 Sep 1909 as a Corporal. On active service from 18 Sep 1914 to 7 Feb 1915 when was wounded from a gun shot wound in the right leg (calf).
'The second of three Malvernian brothers, he obtained a commission in the R.A., having already served for five years in the Territorial Forces, and had been at the front for some time before he was killed in action on Aug. 4th. Quiet and serious-minded, he appealed strongly to a large circle of friends with his straightness and utter honesty of purpose and life.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Died from wounds received in action from a G.S. wound in the thigh causing a haemorrhage in the femoral artery.
Service Record:WO 339/28639
Medal Card:WO 372/1/138750
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
Born 9th July 1882. Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh and 4 Thistle Court, Edinburgh.
Upper IV—V. School Prefect. XI Football 1898-1900 (captain); XI Cricket.
Oriel College, Oxford; B.A. 1906; played Association Football v. Cambridge 1902-05 (captain).
Address: 3 Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh
3rd Bn. Attd. 2nd Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
He played football for Oxford University, captaining the side in 1905. A talented cricketer, he kept wicket for Scotland. He was a chartered accountant.
'In the last year of his life, when he had joined the Army, he lost much of his shyness, and "came out" a great deal, so that people came to know and appreciate him. A letter from his Commanding Officer testifies to his great popularity with officers and men. It continues: "He was sniped through the head and killed instantaneously at the furthest point reached by the regiment in their charge. To have kept his men together, and reached such a point is a feat of gallantry and dash beyond all praise." He was killed in France on September 25th aged 33". ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record:WO 339/4981 Surrey in the Great War
Born 10th October 1886, Acocks Green Birmingham. Son of Tom & Marianne Birkett Barker, Lapworth Croft, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire. Father's Occupation: Engineer (Consulting).
Lower V—VI. Minor Scholar.
Occupation: Solicitor. Address: Exchange Buildings, New Street, Birmingham
'He came to Malvern as a Classical scholar, and at an early age reached the Vlth Form, showing much promise. In 1910 he became a solicitor, practising in Birmingham. He was gazetted a 2nd Lieutenant to the H.G.A. in December 1915, and after much service abroad, where his knowledge of languages proved of the greatest use, he succumbed to malaria and dysentery on August 15th. He was well-known as a golfer in the Midlands, winning the Warwickshire Gold Medal three years in succession. Writing of him a friend says: "His character was quite an unusual one, for he was not given to frivolity, but with level-headed and sound intelligence and a cultured mind he united rare amiability with a refreshing sense of humour and great kindness of heart. Thus he won universal esteem and regard, just as there was so much admiration for his fine sportsmanship. He leaves a record of a finely developed intellectual nature, splendid young manhood and last of all, the noblest sacrifice.'' ' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
134th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.
Disembarked at Salonica on 20.8.1916
On October 1st 1916, telegram sent stating that he disembarked at Malta from Salonica suffering from Malaria.
Died of Dysentery.
Service Record: National Archives Ref:WO 339/50906 Medal Card
Son of W. H. Battle, 49 Harley Street, W. b. 1894.
Middle IV—Army II. House Prefect. Shooting VIII.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
Great War, killed in action October 21, 1914.
Biography at Bedales
Service record: WO 339/11139
Son of W. O. Benitz, La California, F.C.C.A., Argentina, b. 1893.
Lower IV—Middle IV B.
University of Illinois.
Rancher in Argentina.
'Frankie Benitz was one of those boys who win popularity from an infectious keenness to be always doing their utmost. He loved Malvern, and has never lost touch with it, nor can his many friendships here ever be forgotten. Flying is exactly what would appeal to him, but it was not for that alone that he hastened back from the Argentine: he knew what he owed to England, and he put himself where he could best serve her. Unfortunately a thick mist deprived her of a first-class airman.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Biography at benitz.com
Born Oct 20th 1896, Mhow, Central India. Son of Lieut.-Colonel V. B. Bennett, I.M.S.
Army II—I. Lygon Scholar. School Prefect. XXII Cricket and Football; Ledbury Cap; Gymnasium IV 1913-15; Anderson Medal 1914,15. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.E. 1915; Lieutenant 1916.
'It was impossible to imagine Vivian Bennett adopting any career in life but that of a soldier. No other profession could have satisfied him; and in him a fine soldier, who promised to go far in the service, has been lost. From boyhood he always showed a fearlessness, prevented by his good brains from developing into recklessness, which was bound to make him a leader of British soldiers. Above all he possessed so bright and cheerful a disposition that everyone loved him. Never to be depressed, and always to see some humour in every circumstance, is a gift worth possessing at any time, but on active service it is beyond price. This Bennett had, and his old Malvern friends—and many a sapper, officer and man—will feel the sadder for his death.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
On the 25th Sept 1916, he was buried under the bricks of a house wall knocked down by a shell and sustained an injury to his left knee.
Next of Kin: Mrs Alexandra Philippa Bennett (mother), c/o Messrs Thomas Cook & Son, Bombay
Siblings: Hugh & Helen
NB: Malvern College in 1919 sent details of the proposed war memorial and the roll of honour to the war office which are now in his service record file.
Biography at Northam remembered
Service record:WO 339/55508
Son of Lt. Col. A. S. Blair, C.M.G., T.D., and Mrs. Elinor W. Blair, of 36, India St., Edinburgh.
Lower V—Army I. House Prefect. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. (Special Reserve) 1912; 1st Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 1914.
Picture and short biography
Born 10th June 1896, Tamworth, The Common, Mitcham, Surrey
Son of Henry Peters Bone (Member of the stock exchange) and Lilian Maude Bone formerly Watney, of 5, Hamilton Mansions, Hove, Sussex, and 28 Adelaide Crescent, Hove.
Upper IV B—Science II.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regt. 1915.
'Probably few of the fellows, even those in his own House, got to know Harry Bone well; self-contained and fond of working at his own hobbies he made few friends; but those who penetrated below the surface of his affected indifference knew him for what he really was, a sound, clean-minded, honest English school-boy. When he joined his regiment in France, he at once showed the real grit that was in him; he was popular with his brother officers, and his men were devoted to him. In the charge in which he lost his life, the Allies cut right through the German lines, but only one officer was left to return with the tale. He was killed in France, September 25 — 27, aged 19.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Brother: Cyril Bone (age 11).
Service record:WO 339/42473
Born 20th June 1886 in Castres, St. Lucia, West Indies. Son of Mr. John Henry and Mrs. Caroline Sophia Bostock, Uplands, Colombo, Ceylon.
Lower IV—Army II. House XI Football.
6th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
On leaving school he went into the Manager's Office of the L. & N.W. Railway. When war broke out he joined the 6th Batt, of the South Staffordshire Regiment (T. F.).
He was killed by a shell, on Hill 60, Ypres. 'He was found, notebook in hand, and pipe in his mouth.'
Biography at bostock.net
Born July 8th 1896, Langton Lodge, Hendon, Middlesex. Son of William Bower (Bachelor of Medicine) and Edith Corinna Bower formerly Carroll, late of Hendon, Middx and Clywd Hall, Ruthin and 'Coed Mawr', Holywell, Flintshire, and Raleigh House, Ottery St. Mary, Devon, b. 1896.
Middle Shell—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. XL Cricket and Football.
Went to Cambridge University and then to the Royal Military College, January 1915.
1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).
'On leaving Sandhurst, where he was a Cadet Officer, he joined the K.O.R. Lancaster Regiment, and went to France in July of this year. He had only been there less than a month when he succumbed to appendicitis on August 9th. A boy of great charm and one of the keenest of Malvernians, his early death cut short what seemed likely to prove a promising career.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Service record:WO 339/56299
Born 27th October 1889 at 2 Church Road, Ashford. Son of Henry James Bracher (Solicitor) and Marian Alexandra Bracher formerly Neale, of Church House, West Malling, Kent, and of Clock House, Lunton, Kent, and 33 Earl Street, Maidstone.
Upper IV B—Matriculation Class. House XI Cricket.
Corporal of D Coy, 19th Batt, Royal Fusiliers from 2nd Sept 1914 to 15th May 1915. 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
'Guy Bracher will always be remembered here for his splendid vitality: he was thoroughly keen and took a wholly unselfish interest in all that concerned the school. In his subsequent career he showed the same perseverance and activity. He received a commission in the Buffs (East Kent Regiment), and was killed in action.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Biography at Wikipedia
Service record:WO 339/3610
Born: May 28th 1898, Hither Green. Son of Herbert A. J. Brouncker (Insurance Broker) and Alice Mabel Brouncker, of The Elms, Parkside, Eltham, London and 19 Parkside, Eltham.
Great War (overseas), Private London Scottish; 2nd Lieutenant R.A.F. 211th Sqdn. Royal Air Force.
'Notwithstanding his diminutive stature, he was a boy of much grit and determination. He obtained a commission in the Flying Corps, and was out on duty, acting as Pilot Officer, on November 4th, 1918, since when nothing has been heard of him.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Service record:WO 339/124287
Son of F. D. O. Bullock, 59 Mount Park Road, Ealing, b. 1882.
Lower V—Remove. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football; Shooting VIII; XL Cricket. Lieutenant in Corps. Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; B.A.; was in Ceylon.
Great War, Private Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 1915 11th Bn. South Wales Borderers.
'He was in Ceylon when war was declared and came home to join the Inns of Court O. T. C. Receiving his commission in the South Wales Borderers in January 1916, he went to the front in the following June. He was killed in action on July 31st, 1917.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Born September 25th 1897. Son of J. W. H. Burgoyne.
Upper IV—Modern I. School Prefect. XL Football; Shooting VIII (captain); Cadet Officer.
88th Bde. Royal Field Artillery.
Address Wellers, Ashington, Sussex.
'Shortly after leaving school he obtained a commission in the R.F.A., and it was in the performance of the most dangerous duty which falls to the lot of an artillery officer that he lost his life. In letters received from his Colonel and Battery officers mention is made in every case of his popularity in the Battery, and of his gallantry. "A splendid soldier, and absolutely without fear," wrote his Battery Commander. "We were all extremely fond of him in the Mess, where he was always good-tempered, unselfish, and thoughtful for others." To have won that is to have won all. A man is his true self at the Front; moreover, this is the Jack Burgoyne that we knew.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Next of kin: Lorna Heywood Burgoyne (sister) and Miss B Morgan (Aunt-Guardian), Wellers, Ashington, Sussex
Service Record:WO 339/49394
Only Son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Burke, of Cloonee, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, b. 1897.
Middle Shell-Lower VI. School Prefect. Head of House. House XI Football.
He entered Sandhurst in May, 1915, and received his commission in November, 1915.
70th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and 6th Bn. Royal Fusiliers.
Sisters: Rose (age 12) & Olivia (age 8) in 1916.
'On passing out of Sandhurst in November 1915, Edward Burke joined his regiment at Dover, where he remained until he was attached to the R.F.C. in March 1916, when he began his training in the air. In July he was sent to the front. In the seven weeks he was out, he made many flights over the enemy's lines and won a great name for himself, as he was absolutely without fear. His pilot, Capt. Patrick, of the 70th Squadron, R.F.C., thus records the gallant way in which he died: "I selected him as my observer before all the others as he was one of the very best. We and another machine were somewhat behind on a reconnaissance when a strong hostile patrol came up and attacked the other machine. As the pilot was young and inexperienced, I turned to help him. We kept off the enemy, your son fighting like a hero. It was then that he was hit. He became unconscious but he recovered consciousness, and no sooner had he done so than he started working his Lewis gun, and actually fired another drum of ammunition before again losing consciousness. Your son was dead when he reached the ground. He was buried at Gezaincourt." Every letter from the front tells the same story of his pluck and reliability as an observer. But these letters also show how keenly his loss is felt for personal reasons. One of the 70th Squadron writes: "For some time past Paddy had been the life of the mess, and I do not expect ever to come across a more charming boy." The number of friends he had made in his short career is remarkable. He had a most attractive personality; his impulsive boyishness and his cheerful outlook on life made him a delightful companion. His many school friends, as well as his army friends, deeply regret his loss, and would wish to record their sympathy with his father and mother.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
The Burke Prize for Military Efficiency was founded from a bequest in memory of him:
'In honour of the memory of his son, E. W. Burke (No 2) 2nd Lt. 6th Bn. Royal Fusiliers and R.F.C., who was killed in Sept. 1916, W. C. Burke, Esq., O.M., has given the sum of £50, left by his son, to be at the disposal of the Cadet Corps. The money will be used to establish an efficiency prize in the Corps, which will be called the Burke Prize.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Biography at South Dublin Libraries
Service Record:WO 339/54935
Born 3rd April 1894. Son of Charles Hugh and Emily Carden, of Newnham Lodge, Royston Park Rd., Hatch End, Middlesex, and 28 Onslow Gardens, Muswell Hill.
Upper Shell—Matriculation Class. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Cricket and Football.Senior swimming team. Cadet Officer.
Great War, Private Artists Rifles 1914; 2nd Lieutenant Wilts Regt. Special List attd. 2nd Bn. Wiltshire Regiment.
'On leaving School he entered the office of R. G. Shaw & Co., of Winchester House, and in August he joined the Artists' Rifles as a private. Shortly after arriving in France he was given a commission in the 2nd Wiltshire Regiment. Later he was in charge of the machine guns of his Regiment, and was killed in action on March 14th. Of exceptional strength of character, single-minded, manly and true, Ronald Carden inspired and deserved the affection and trust of all who knew him here.' (Malvernian, Apr 1915).
Killed at the battle of Neuve Chapelle.
Biography at IWM
Born: May 5th 1896 in the Federal Malay State (now Singapore).
Son of Helen Carey, of Springvale, Whitchurch, Oxon., and the late Edward Valentine Carey, Carey, Lyne, Capel, Surrey.
Lower IV—Science I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XI Football; Champion Athlete. Cadet Officer.
Great War, Private Inns of Court, O.T.C. 1914; R.M.C. Sandhurst.
3rd Bn. attd. 8th/10th Bn. Gordon Highlanders.
'Jack Carey was a prominent member of the School from his first term, when he played in his House junior Cricket team, until he left as Head of the House. His intention on leaving School was to go at once to Cambridge and take the Science Tripos, with a view of developing the rubber estates founded by his father; upon the outbreak of war, however, he "joined up," and having received his commission, he was sent to France where he soon gained his second star. He met his death whilst leading his men by receiving a hit on the head by a piece of shell. His Commanding Officer speaks highly of his calmness and courage in action and of his popularity as an Officer.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Biography at Dorking museum
Born 29 March 1894. Son of Arthur Cartwright (H.M. Inspector of Schools in Worcestershire) and Ellen Mabel Cartwright, of Rothbury, Hay, Hereford.
Lower Modern II—Modern I.
Farmer in Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 16th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and General List.
'On leaving school Cartwright took up farming, and eventually went out to British Columbia. He had only been there a few months when war broke out. He joined up immediately in Victoria, and came over with the Canadian contingent early in 1915. After only a few days in England, his company was ordered to the front, and soon came into action. On one occasion Cartwright was buried by a big shell. Shortly afterwards he was invalided home, where he underwent an operation for appendicitis. He suffered from shell shock for eighteen months, but made a marvellous recovery; almost before he was really fit again, he obtained a commission in the R.F.C. and went to the front in September 1917. He was killed in action on February 26th. Modesty, vivacity, pluck were all strongly marked in him, and he was a general favourite wherever he was.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Service Record: AIR 79/745/82127 and AIR 76/79/36
Biography at Canadian-virtual-war-memorial
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
Son of Marie Emily Cassidy, of Johannesburg, and the late Arthur Ardagh Cassidy, 55 Charlton Road, Blackheath. b. 1890.
Upper IV—Science Form. House Prefect. Gymnasium Colours; House XI Cricket and Football.
Formerly in business in Vancouver, then in South Africa.
Great War, Private South African Forces (German S.W. Africa); Lieutenant (E. Africa). 8th Regt. South African Infantry formerly Transvaal Scottish, S.A. Forces
Commissioned Aug., 1915. Twice previously wounded.
'Ardagh Cassidy brought with him from South Africa an ease of manner and conversation that made him a cheerful companion. He was a boy of great activity and was particularly prominent in the Gymnasium. In this war he served first as a Private in the German West African Campaign, during which he was twice slightly wounded. When that was over, he trained for a commission and was sent to German East Africa, where he contracted dysentery and was invalided from January to May 1917. After the battle in the following July he was seen to be wounded and walking back to the dressing station. No further details have come to hand.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918)
Son of W. A. Clarke, The Homestead, Manor Road, Leicester, b. 1896.
Lower Modern II—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. XL Football.
Articled to a Solicitor.
1st/4th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment.
'His last thought was for others, for when his trench came under fire, he refused to take shelter until he had seen all his men were under cover. He had just got the last man to a place of safety when he was killed. He was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant last August at the age of 17. His keenness and capability had already won him the reputation of being one of the most promising young officers in the regiment.’ (The Malvernian, Jun 1915)
Born May 29th 1898, Wentworth, Yorkshire
Father: Robert William Clarke (Mining and Civil Engineer in India, and in 1916 T.C.O Staff Captain in France), Thurcroft Hall, Rotherham.
Mother: Mrs R W Clarke, Tembrani, Redcliffe Road, Paignton, S. Devon
Lower IV—Lower Modern II.
Occupation: Engineer's apprentice at Vickers Ltd, Sheffield.
'Charles Clarke survived his brother but six months. We reprint the following from the Malvernian of last March :— " The two brothers Clarke were boys of high character and distinct promise. Their School career was unavoidably shortened but they both accomplished enough to prove that they would turn out sound men. Their subsequent career has justified this expectation, as the writer has reason to know.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
He was commissioned in August 1915 in the service of the Inns of Court Officer Training Corps.
In February 1917 he was in the Machine Gun Corps. He fought in the First World War between July 1917 and October 1917, in France, and then transferred to the 74th Punjabis in November 1917 in the Indian Army.
He died at Station Hospital, Agra, Bengal, India, from endocarditis.
Ref the Peerage
Service Record:WO 339/76041 Machine Gun Corps
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 Basra 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
Son of Maj. Gen. Carleton B. L. Clery and Mrs. Jessie Violet Clery.
Army II—I. Minor Scholar. House Prefect. XL Cricket.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Indian Army 1914.
Great War, attached King's (Liverpool) Regt.
'He was gazetted Second Lieutenant on the Unattached List of the Indian Army, but was temporarily attached to the 4th Bn. Liverpool Regiment. He had been at the front only a week when he was struck by a shell at Richebourg. He was in his 20th year. He made many friends at Malvern, some of whom are still at the School, and all will mourn the briefness of his career as a soldier to which personal inclination and family tradition called him.' (Malvernian, Apr 1915).
From the Battalion War Diary:
'On 11 March, 1915, at about 8pm, 4 King’s (Liverpool) Regt left Vieille Chapelle and made their way to Richebourg St Vaaste where they billeted at about midnight. The Battalion was shelled heavily by the Germans the following day which resulted in the following casualties: 2nd Lt Carleton Lumley St Clair Clery (Unattached List Indian Army attd 4 KLR) killed, 2nd Lt Thomas Guy Pocock wounded, 2 other ranks were killed and 13 wounded.' Ref
Son of Alexander and E. J. Cooke, of Nottinghill House, Malone Road, Belfast, b. 1884.
Lower Modern II—I.
Formerly in the Linen Trade; afterwards served in British South African Police, S. Rhodesia.
Prior to 1914 he served with the South African Police and was assisting as Adjutant in the Ulster Volunteer Force upon the outbreak of war.
3rd Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Ref:IWM Bond of Sacrifice
Born 24th Sept 1885, Sevenoaks, Kent. Son of W. Cooper (O.M.).
Lower Shell—Middle V.
Permanent Address: Gravel Hill, Boxmoor, Herts.
Address for Correspondence: A Battery, 85th Brigade RFA, Colchester.
Received commission in Royal Field Artillery. 12th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment .
Service Record:WO 339/23383
Born: 20th May 1896, 27 Longridge Road, Brompton, Kensington.
Father: The Hon Frederick Hugh Mackenzie Corbet (Barrister, Honorary Executive Officer for Ceylon at the Imperial Institute in 1896, Advocate General of Madras in 1914), College Bridge House, Egmore, Madras.
Mother: Eila Louise Mary Corbet formerly Campbell.
Brother: Reginald Vincent Corbet who was also at Malvern and was killed in action.
Sister: Constance Eila Corbet.
Education: King's College School Wimbledon 1909-1912, Malvern College 1912-1914.
Army III—II. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Welch Regt. 1915.
Address: 4 College Grounds, Gt Malvern in 1912; The Newton Hotel, Newton Porthcawl, Glamorgan at time of probate.
'He joined his Battalion at the front in Flanders in April 1915, and was immediately engaged in the second battle of Ypres. On May 9th he was very severely wounded by shrapnell in the shoulder and throat. After a series of operations, which he bore with characteristic courage and cheerfulness, he seemed to be making a good recovery, and letters from him last autumn spoke hopefully of a return to active service. In December he was attached for light duty to the 21st Middlesex Regt., but the trouble in the throat necessitated further operations, and he died in London on Jan. 29th. His happy and affectionate nature won him many friends here. We share the grief of his parents, who have lost both their sons in the war.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
He died at 2.45am on 25th January 1916 at Lady Ridley's Hospital, 10 Carlton House Terrace where he had been periodically since June 10th 1915 after previously being in No 7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, as a result of wounds received in action from a shell wound in the neck on May 7th 1915 at Ypres.
From 1st Welsh Regiment War diary:
7th May 1915, Ypres. Arrived GHQ line in support 4am & stood to as heavy firing heard. Shelled at intervals all day.
At 10pm 'A' Coy sent out to dig & hold trench on left of NF.
8th May. Strong German attack on our trenches. Left & centre of 83rd Bde broken by concentrated shell fire, leaving right of 84th Bde exposed. Germans forced a way in & worked up 84th Bde by enfilade fire assisted by heavy bombardment in front. Bn occupied GHQ line.
9th May. In GHQ lines. Very heavy shelling 3-5pm but very few casualties.
The dedication on the book 'Tell England' by Ernest Raymond reads as follows:
'To the Memory of Reginald Vincent Campbell Corbet who fell, while a boy, in the East and George Frederick Francis Corbet who passed, while a boy, in the West is affectionately dedicated what little is best in this book, nothing else in it being worthy of them. '
Ref:Invision Zone forum
Service record:WO 339/2697
War Diary 1 Welch Regiment:WO-95-2277-4
Son of Fred B and Florence Coulson, The Crofts, Bargate, Grimsby, b. 1894.
Lower IV—Upper IV B.
5th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment.
Wounded due to German bombardment of village of Bienvillers on Sunday 4th June. He died of his wounds over 2 weeks later.
Memorial at Grimsby St. James Kalendar
A Lack of Offensive Spirit?:The 46th (North Midland) Division By Alan MacDonald
Son of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson and Alice Cuthbertson, of 13 Devonshire Place, London and 67 Portland Place and Bushey House, Bushey, Herts, b. 1890.
Modern III—I. Chance Prize; Grey French. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. 1912.
Occupation: Articled Clerk to Chartered Accountant.
Great War, Private A.S.C. 1914; Bombardier R.G.A.
Joined 8th August 1914. In France from 5th October 1914 to 7th December 1916 in the Army Service Corps. At home from 8th Dec 1916 to 5th Jan 1918.
Discharged to a Commission as a Lieutenant in the"B" Bty. 275th Bde. Royal Field Artillery on 5th Jan 1918.
'Hugh Cuthbertson left a splendid reputation at School as a determined trier and a loyal friend. He had not the natural gift for games of his elder brother Hedley, but won the respect of the House by splendid public spirit. He had left Cambridge when the war broke out, and elected to join the A.S.C. rather than wait for a commission. He served in many ranks in France, and had the Mons Star and Ribbon. Eventually he transferred to the R.G.A., becoming a Bombardier, and later to a Cadet battalion, where he was commissioned in 1918. He had just returned to France, and been in action for a few hours, when he was killed by a shell.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
Service record:WO 339/104722
Son of Mrs. Edward Davenport, of Amberley, Stroud, Glos., and the late Rev. Edward Davenport, Stoke Talmage, Tetsworth, Oxon. b. 1897.
Lower IV—Middle IV A.
Great War, Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant "A" Coy. 14th Bn. Hampshire Regiment.
'He was of a happy, generous, and affectionate nature, and an excellent companion, observant of and keenly interested in out-door things. Delicacy of health in earlier life had caused slow development, but he found himself in the practical work of engineering and of military service. He obtained a commission in a Battalion of the Hampshire Regt., in which he did exceptionally good work as Bombing Officer. His men were devoted to him and he was described by his Colonel as "one of our best officers, always cheery and always at work." He died of wounds received on Aug. 2nd through the premature explosion of a hand grenade, while he was assisting the Instructor of the Brigade Bombing School. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
He was wounded in an accident at the Brigade Bomb school and died shortly after being admitted to hospital. Several other officers from the 11th, 12th & 13th Royal Sussex Regt were also wounded at the bomb school.
The following day on the 3rd August at Les Choqueax, several officers attended his funeral along with men from his platoon.
Service record: WO 339/40073
Medal card: WO 372/5/171212
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2583/6
Son of Francis and Lucy Dickinson, of Aberyskir Court, Breconshire, b. 1897.
Upper IV—Army II. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Football; Ledbury Cap 1914-16 (winner).
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 19I7, 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers.
'"Dick" was a real boy, one of a most happy trio, full of spirits that nothing could damp, quick to see an error and take advice, of boundless energy and pluck that made him a Ledbury winner. As a runner he served his House really well, for he took the utmost care in training others, and was far more interested in their performances than even in his own. Both at Sandhurst and during his brief life in the Army he wrote the letters of a keen soldier, and there was every promise of a most successful future for him. His elder brother was killed a month later, and we offer our very deepest sympathy to the parents in their great sorrow.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918)
His colonel wrote :—"He was in command of his company in the attack on August 18th, and it was characteristic of him that he should have been right at the head of his men. His death is a great loss to us, He had a quite exceptional hold over the men under him, and his absolute fearlessness and enthusiasm had a great effect on all who came in contact with him. His company was magnificent in the attack, and it was largely owing to the fine spirit and determination they had got from him that they carried through the attack with such success."
Brecon & Radnor Express Sept 19th 1918
Son of Rev. Curling Finzel and Mary Doddrell, English Bicknor, Glos. b. 1898. Brother: Hugh Doddrell.
Lower IV—Army III.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Wiltshire Regt. 1917.
•1898, Ilfracombe, Devon, England.
•1901, Lion Hill, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.
'After passing through Sandhurst, Kenneth Doddrell was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment. He had only been a short time in France when he was killed in action on October 7th. He was a quiet, unassuming boy, and popular in his House. In some respects he was old for his years, but always thoroughly interested in and keen on everything connected with School life. At Sandhurst he won distinction as a fine long-distance runner. He had all the qualities which make a good soldier and popular officer.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
2nd Bn. Attd. 1st/4th Bn. Wiltshire Regiment.
13 Jan 1918. Joined 1/4th Wilts Regt.
28 Feb 1918. Admitted with Diptheria to El Arish.
7 July 1918. Rejoined Unit.
19 Sep 1918. Killed in action
Service record:WO 339/65361
Medal card: WO 372/6/49449
Born March 1st 1888 in Cannes, France. Son of Mrs. Drysdale, The Driffold, Broadway, Worcs.
Middle Shell—Remove. House Prefect. House XI Football; Ledbury Cap 1905,06.
Peterhouse, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Historical Tripos) 1910. B.A. in History in 1911.
Great War, Private 8th Worcestershire Regt. 1914; Gazetted (2nd Lieutenant) on 1st January 1915 into the 4th Battalion, the Warwickshire Regiment.
Letter from the Commanding Officer, 4th Btn Royal Warwickshire Reg to The Secretary, War Office, Golden Hill, Isle of Wight, 16th April 1915.
I regret to have to report the death of 2nd Lieutenant R. G. Drysdale, of the Battalion under my command.
I have not yet heard the opinion of the Coroner’s inquest, but I fear there is no doubt whatever but that this Officer took his own life.
2nd Lieut Drysdale completed a Junior Officers’ Course at Portsmouth last Saturday and had leave until Wednesday night. About 7 o’clock in the evening I received a telegram from him to say that he had missed his boat and would cross from Lymington to Yarmouth by the first boat in the morning.
He was seen walking up and down the platform for some minutes before the train came in, with a revolver under his arm. Directly the train came into Lymington Town Station he got into the carriage alone and shot himself in the head. He died a few minutes afterwards.
This officer has been suffering from fits of depression for some time and had on more than one occasion asked me to allow him to resign his Commission, giving as the reason that he did not feel competent to carry out the duties of an Officer. This idea was entirely imaginary, as he was able to and did do his work quite well. He had a bad attack of influenza before he joined, and a Doctor informed me that he thought that the depression and Insomnia he was suffering from was probably due to this cause. Seeing the state of mind he was in, I went out of the way to cheer him up and asked others to do so too, which I know they did.
Badsey parish magazine of May 1915:
“On all sides there have been expressions of sympathy with Mrs Drysdale in the loss of her son, Lieut Drysdale, of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Had his devotion to duty been less his life would, in all human probability, have been longer. Undertaking new duties and responsibilities at a time when he was not even convalescent from influenza, and when he was altogether unequal to work of any description, he became depressed and despondent about ever being able to cope with them. As his academic record and the testimony of his Colonel showed, his natural gifts were such as go to make a capable and efficient officer. It was, in fact, in consequence of his qualifications and in the hope that his health might improve that he was urged by his Colonel to retain his commission when he asked to be relieved of it. Unhappily, he never recovered from the effects of the initial strain and the burden eventually proved more than he could bear.”
Biography at Badsey Society
Service record:WO 339/27837
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
Born: Aug 16th 1896. Son of Charles and Elizabeth E. Everitt, of 12, Inglis Rd., Colchester and 5 Sydenham Rise, Forrest Hill, S.E. Brother: John Page Everitt.
Upper V—VI. House Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Football; House XI Cricket.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 11th Yorkshire L.I. 1914; 15th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
'Before going to France he served with the West Yorks Regiment in Egypt, and was recommended for promotion six weeks ago. His career here marked him out as a leader of the first order, and one cannot speak too highly of the splendid example he set to those over whom he was in authority.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
The following is from 'Malvern College: A 150th Anniversary' by Roy Allen and was read out in a memorial service at Malvern on 1st July 2016:
'Full of grit, a thorough gentleman, with his high ideals and with a cherished hope for the welfare of his School and House, he answered the call of his country in the same grand spirit that was characteristic of him throughout his school days. An extract from a letter to his mother from a Private in his regiment shows in what admiration he was held by his men: "I am proud to be able to say that he was always kind and a gentleman. I admired his principles; he was well liked and admired by his men, and what few of them remain join me in sending our deepest sympathy in your sad bereavement".'
There is a memorial to him at St Leonard at the Hythe Church, Colchester.
Photo of Memorial at Colchester
Malvern Observer article of Centenary Memorial service at Malvern
Service record:WO 339/31115
Battalion war diary: WO 95/2361/3
Son of Robert and Gwendoline Farnham, of Emberton House, Bath. Native of Burnham-on-Sea.
Army III—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football; XXII Cricket.
Christ's College, Cambridge; Soccer Blue, 1913-14; played Association Football v. Oxford 1914; 2nd Lieutenant London Regt. 1914; Served in Infantry from Sept., 1914 to Feb., 1916, resigned 1916.
R.M.A. Woolwich; 239th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.
'Active in brain and body, he attained, despite intervals of serious illness, a large measure of success in work and games, and became a prominent figure in the life of the School. On leaving Malvern he went up to Christ's College, Cambridge, and played Association Football for the University against Oxford in 1914. Volunteering for service at the beginning of war, he was given a commission in a battalion of the London Regt., with which he went to France in May 1915. In January 1916 he resigned his commission to enter the R.M.A., Woolwich, for which he had been originally destined. In the following August he was gazetted to the R.G.A., and in January proceeded to the front. He was accidentally killed on April 14th, while advancing with his battery. He showed himself an efficient and popular officer and manifested coolness and courage in many tight places.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Service record: WO 339/44616
Son of Charles and Alice G. Fearn, of 43, Adelaide Rd., Shepherd's Bush, London and Holmsted Place, Cuckfield. B. 1896.
Modern III—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. XL Cricket; House XI Football.
Private in 1st Bn. Honourable Artillery Company.
'He was gazetted in August to the 4th (Reserve) Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, was attached to the 2nd Royal Munster Fusiliers, and fell on July 4th in France.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Son of Horace Arthur and Sarak Kate Fisher, Bramcote Hills,
Nott and Arno Vale, Notts. B. 1888.
Lower Shell - Upper V. House Prefect.
Clare College, Cambridge; B.A (Third class Law Tripos) 1908; represented Cambridge University in Boxing; in British Columbia.
Great War, Private British Columbia Horse 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 8th Batt Sherwood Foresters. Died of wounds.
'Geoffrey Fisher made many friends during his time at Malvern. He was somewhat old for his years, with ideas and opinions unusual in a schoolboy, at the same time he was very keen in all things connected with his house. He was in British Columbia when war was declared, and at once enlisted in the British Columbia Horse, but finding the regiment was not being sent on active service, he obtained a commission in the 8th Sherwood Foresters. He joined his regiment in France in August, and died of wounds on October 25th.' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
He was wounded by a German grenade in both thighs and left arm during attacks at Hohenzollern Redoubt and died of wounds 25th October 1915, age 26, at No. 6 General Hospital, Etaples, France.
His younger brother Captain John Wilfred Fisher of the 10th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters also served and died during the 'Great War'
Biography at Nottinghamshire roll of honour Sherwood Foresters
Son of James Young Forster, Ravensworth, Sutton, Surrey. B. 1895.
Upper IV A — Upper Shell.
Government Experimental Farm Natal; Farmer in Rhodesia .
Great War, O.T.C. 1916; 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn attd. 2nd Bn Essex Regt.
Attack between Roeux and Gavrelles.
'He was in Rhodesia when the war broke out, and early in 1915 he was very anxious to come home to fight for his country. As he was in sole charge of a farm, his colleague being at the Front in France, he was persuaded to remain at his post. But the desire to take his part in his country's cause grew stronger and stronger, and he came home to join the forces a little over a year ago. As he had been in the O.T.C. at School, he was sent to join a Cadet Battalion at Lichfield, and in the following October he was gazetted to the Essex Regiment, and went to the Front about the middle of January. After an attack on May 3rd he was reported missing, believed killed, and later on he was reported killed.
He left School rather earlier than most boys, as it was decided that he should go out to farm in S. Africa, and should go through a course of work at the Government College at Cedara, Natal. Those of his time at Malvern will remember the great pleasure that he gave by his delightful singing and the special help that he rendered in the Chapel Services. His intimate friends will deeply regret the death of one whose companionship was always marked by cheerfulness and affection, and no one who knew him will ever forget the quiet contentment which he always displayed.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Mobilised: 27.5.1916 (No 8 Cadet Bn).
Discharged on receiving commission: 25.9.1917.
Killed in action near Fampoux.
Service record:WO 339/62408
Born: October 29th 1894. Son of Francis W. Fox and A. Denise Fox, Uplands, Crown Hill, Devon.
Lover IV - Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 14th Bn Welsh Regt. 1914.
'In November, 1914, he was given his commission, and went to the front in September 1916. He was killed on July 31st, while leading his men into action. Letters from those who knew him as a soldier all speak highly of his courage and coolness, and, above all, of that unfailing cheeriness which won him the affection of men and officers. Under the surface, too, there was a depth of feeling that perhaps only his most intimate friends were aware of. He has left behind him the memory of "a great example of a soldier and a gentleman." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Service record:WO 339/15393
Born 19th Dec 1896. Son of James Charles Fox (Rector of Abbas and Temple Coombe) and Mabel Harriet Anne Fox, Templecombe Rectory, Somerset.
Upper IV B - Lower Modern I. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 9th Somerset L.I; attd. 79th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).
'He obtained a commission in the 9th Battalion, Somerset L.I., immediately after leaving School, in January 1915, but was transferred a year later to the Machine-Gun Corps, and completed his training at Grantham. In July 1916 he was attached to the 26th Division at Salonica, and served for two years in the trenches between the Vardar and Lake Doiran. He came home on leave last August, and was on his way to re-join his unit in Bulgaria, when, after experiencing bitter weather in the mountains, he contracted pneumonia, and died on December 12th. He was buried at Roustchouk. A capital straightforward, manly boy, he proved himself a keen officer, cheerful under whatever conditions, and was beloved by his men.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
14 Jan 1915 to 30 Jun 1916 - 1st Appointment.
1 Jul 1916 to 30 Sep 1918 - Somerset Light Infantry.
1 Oct 1918 to 12 Dec 1918 - Machine Gun Corps.
6th Nov 1918. Arrived in Salonika.
12th Dec 1918. Died of bronchial pneumonia at No 79 Field Ambulance, Salonika.
War Memorial, St. Mary's Church, Templecombe, Somerset
Service record:WO 374/25397
Born July 2nd 1897. Son of Ernest A. and Florence M. Freeman, Ambleside Avenue, Streatham, and Hendon Hall. b. 1897.
Middle IV A - Matricu1ation Class. House Prefect. XI Cricket.
Great War, Private Labour Batt.; 2nd Lieutenant 18th Div. Ammunition Col. Royal Field Artillery attd. 83rd Bde.
'Frank Freeman came to Malvern the third term of 1911. He was the only son of Mr. E. A. Freeman of Streatham. As a small boy he showed signs of considerable promise in football, but he developed so late that he never got into the Football XI. He, however, showed skill as a slow bowler, and in his last season got into the Cricket XL. He got several Form Prizes, and was a keen member of the O.T.C. On leaving school he enlisted in a Labour Battalion, and was sent to the Front, being eventually transferred to a Battalion of the K.R.R. While with this Battalion he was recommended for a commission in the R.F.A., but was wounded before he could be sent home for training. On his recovery he was sent to the R.F.A. Cadet School at Exeter, and was eventually given a commission and posted to the Brigade commanded by Colonel Lyon at Ipswich for further training before proceeding Overseas. He was sent abroad early in February, and was killed on March 21st, the very first day of the great German advance. He had developed to an extraordinary degree after leaving school, and had grown into a fine fellow and showed signs of making a very good officer. Universally popular, and keen on everything he took up, he will be mourned by all who knew him at Malvern and elsewhere.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Joined Bn in the field on 14 Sep 1916.
Wounded on 13 Oct 1916 and posted to England.
Posted to RFA Officer cadet School on 18 Jun 1917.
Discharged on receiving commission in RFA: 7 Dec 1917.
2 sisters: (Mrs Jenkins and Miss Sylivia Freeman)
Service Record:WO 339/87211
Son of Raymond Gillett, 101 Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead. b. 1899.
Middle V - Lower VI.
Great War, Flight Sub-Lieutenant R.N.
'He was a most attractive boy, who promised to become a leader in his House, had not an opening in business taken him early from school. Early in 1917 he offered himself for the R.N.A.S., and on his eighteenth birthday was accepted as a Cadet. He gained his Pilot's Certificate, and was under orders to go to France on April 8th. Two days earlier, while practising certain manoeuvres in a single-seater, he was killed in an accident for which he was in no way responsible. He was an exceptionally good pilot, courageous, and full of resource, while his happy and enthusiastic nature made him a general favourite. He was buried with full military honours in Hampstead Cemetery', on April 11th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
He was flying a Sopwith Camel B5688 at Manston War School when he was killed in an accident.
Service record: ADM 273/17/256 Invisionzone
Born: Aug 4th 1896, Congleton. Son of William Henry Grindley (manufacturer), Parkfields, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent. b. 1896.
Modern III - Army I.
Heywood Prize 1913,14. School Prefect. Shooting VIII; House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich (6th Place); R.E. 1915.
'The keynote of Herbert Grindley's character was thoroughness, whether in work or play he never spared himself, and could not understand those who were content to give their second best. As head of the Army Side, as a member of the Shooting Eight, or as a Prefect, his one ambition was to do his best. He was shot through the head whilst making a new trench, and died before reaching the dressing station; a proof of his men's attachment to him is found in the fact that four sappers actually carried him back across the open ground, braving the fire of the enemy rather than lose time by taking him through the trenches. He was killed in France, on October 19th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record:WO 339/4953
Son of Edward H. and Florence C. S. Guest, The Lindens, West Bromwich. b. 1894.
Upper IV B - Matriculation Class. House XI Football.
Articled to a Chartered Accountant.
Great War, Private, S. Staffordshire Regt. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 10th Batt.
'To those who remember Cyril Guest's robust figure and high spirits, the news of his early death, and the sad circumstances under which it occurred, came as a great shock. He was engaged on night duty on August 4th, and had occasion to go back to headquarters. Returning alone, he tripped while crossing the barbed wire, and his revolver, which he was carrying in his hand, went off and he was shot. His Captain writes: "He had not been with us long, but he had gained the liking and respect of officers and men alike. He was invariably cheerful, considerate of the comfort of his men, and energetic." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
He was killed whilst out on patrol near Hill 420 on the Doiran Front, Salonika. He had become detached from his men and was found on the wire shot through the heart.
Details of campaign and his death at kaiserscross
Son of Annie Elizabeth and the late Lt. Col. J. A. Jones, of Ty Dyfrig, Llandaff, nr. Cardiff. b, 1897.
Lower Modern II—Army I. School Prefect, Head of House. XI Cricket; XXII Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.G.A. 1916.
252nd Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.
'Leslie Gwynne Jones passed through the R.M.A., and received his commission in November 1916. He had been out at the front for fifteen months, and had seen some very heavy fighting, when the news came that he had been killed. He was at an observation post at the top of a building which was being shelled by the enemy, when the lower part was set on fire. Thinking that he could not get through the flames, he apparently tried to escape by the outside of the building and fell to the ground. He lived only a few minutes after the fall, and never regained consciousness. The Major commanding his battery said, in a letter to his father : "He will be missed most frightfully in the battery, where he was loved by officers and men. Your son had done splendidly ever since he joined the battery, and especially in these last few weeks under most trying conditions. His record of military service, short as it was, is evidence enough that the country has lost a loyal and gallant officer who would have' gone far in his profession. The promise of the future was foreshadowed by the capability he showed as Head of the House at a critical period in its history. All the Prefects having left at the end of the summer of 1914, he was brought to the front in somewhat exceptional circumstances, but from the first he fully justified the trust placed in him. His forceful personality - combined with tact, enthusiasm, and sound judgment—won everyone's regard, and his influence, which is still felt in the House, was always for good. He set a fine example of keenness and loyalty, and in a great measure moulded the character of a young and impressionable House. Though a little reserved at times, he had a wide circle of friends, and his loss is deeply mourned by all who knew the sterling worth of his character. He was a cricketer of no mean order, being a forceful batsman with many good strokes, and a safe field. In 1915 he was one of the best bats in the XI., and had a brilliant future. He took a great interest in all games, an interest that was wholly unselfish, and so was an inspiration to others to play the game in a right spirit.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
He was killed as a result of a fire caused by a tin of petrol (thought to be water) being accidentally knocked over and catching fire on an open brazier at about 1pm on the 4th May 1918. He was on observation duty in the north western tower at Vlamertinghe Chateau, two stories above the fire. He got out of the window and tried to climb down the wire lightning conductor with another man but it broke and they both fell from a height of 75 feet.
Service record including full details of fire:WO 339/80565
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 Aug 1916.
Disembarked at Busra: 12 Aug 1916.
Service record:WO 339/37962
Son of Mrs. Hastings-Medhurst, of Easton Cottage, Chagford, Devon. b. 1895.
Army III—I. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment.
'He went to France, 28 Aug. 1914, and was killed in action at Illies, near La Bassée, 17 Oct. 1914. On this occasion the Worcesters had suffered severely, and he had volunteered to go for re inforcements. He was almost in safety when he was killed by a maxim gun, but fortunately the forces coming up saw him and were in time to succour the few left alive. He had been wounded in the head three days previously, but refused to go into hospital, owing to shortage of officers. He was buried by his men the same night, 700 yards north-west of Illies Church.
His Colonel wrote to his widowed mother that he was a most promising officer, loved by all his men, and a real loss to his regiment; and another officer wrote: “We all loved him, and his men were very fond of him and would go anywhere with him. He was always so cheerful and extremely cool in action. As an officer remarked to me, ‘an awfully nice fellow, a most promising soldier and one we can ill afford to lose.’”(De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour).
'He won a Prize Cadetship at Sandhurst in June 1913. In August of this year he was gazetted to the 2nd Worcestershire Regt., and had only been on active service in France for a month when he was killed in action on Oct. 17th. Possessed of more than average ability, those who knew him predicted a successful career in the Army, and it is more than sad that such promise has been cut short. He was a boy of happy, cheery disposition, and he leaves behind him many friends at Malvern who deeply regret his early death.' (Malvernian, Nov 1914).
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).
Born April 9th 1895. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Heagerty, of Leatherhead, and 34 Victoria Street, London.
Lower Shell — Matriculation Class. House Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Football.
In business. Clerk at Great Western of Brazil (London office).
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant London Regt.
1st/2nd Bn. London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers).
'He joined the H.A.C. in Aug. 1914, and went to the front within a month. He was wounded in June of the following year, and soon after obtained his commission in the London regiment. During the next two years he saw a great deal of active service, and was gazetted missing in May 1917. On the evidence of eyewitnesses, he was a month ago officially declared killed in action. Dick Heagerty was a prominent boy in his House, and well known to a wide circle of his contemporaries. He was a steady, independent character, who cared little for outside opinion.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
Arrived in France: 18.9.14.
16.6.15 - wounded by bullet entering back of shoulder.
England: 5.8.15 to 9.10.15.
9th Jan 1916, complained of varicose veins, and an operation was performed on the 18th Jan 1916.
He was reported as missing on May 3rd 1918, and was later confirmed as being killed by enemy machine gun fire on the morning of May 3rd 1917 at Arras. The witness was Pte Hunn who was under his command and had often played football with him. Pte Hunn was at a German Prisoner of war camp in Hameln from where he made his statement via the Red Cross.
Service record:WO 374/32246
Born May 19th 1894. Son of Rhodes and Louie Hebblethwaite, of Highthorne, Husthwaite, Yorks.
Upper Shell—Science I. School Prefect. Editor of Malvernian. XXII Cricket; XL Football; Ledbury Cap.
King's College, Cambridge.
Great War, Private 18th Hussars 1914; 2nd Lieutenant R.F.A.
88th Bty. Royal Field Artillery.
Address: St Helen's, Fulford Rd, Scarborough.
'At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the 18th Hussars, and subsequently obtained a commission in the Artillery. He was killed by a high explosive shell in France on the 3rd of October. His Colonel wrote of him that he "had the makings of an excellent officer; he was very keen and energetic, liked by his brother officers and his men, and I feel that the Brigade of the R.F.A. have lost an excellent officer." He was somewhat delicate when he came to Malvern, but soon outgrew that, and played a prominent part in every phase of school life. Quiet and reserved in manner, thoroughly reliable in every way, he exercised an influence which was wholly good.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record:WO 339/18899
Son of Charles and Jane Elizabeth Hellver, of "Wolborough," Brixham. Born at Hull in 1889.
Lower IV—Lower Modern I.
Partner in Hellyer's Steam Fishing Co.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 4th East Yorks Regt. 1914.
4th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment.
He was a partner in the firm of Hellyer's Steam Fishing Company, Hull. He joined the Territorial Force at the outbreak of the war, and received his commission in the 4th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment (T.F.) in September.
Extracts from letter published in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
As soon as I arrived back our battalion went into action in the open (not in trenches) against a section of the enemy who were occupying a village on a ridge and who were backed by excellent artillery — by this time I was tired. The 4th East Yorks went into action at about 4 o’clock on that afternoon (Saturday, 24 April, 1915) for the first time in the history of the battalion, and a bloody battle it was.
We advanced in artillery formation across half a mile of open country and under a very heavy bombardment both of shrapnel and high explosive shells, and many men fell - fell absolutely heroically, there is no other word for it. I would never have believed that hardened men would have marched on under that bombardment, and these men,
already very tired and two nights sleepless, having carried a load weighing (60-70 lbs. since we left Newcastle, and hardly having their boots off since that time, saw battle for the first time as if they were just going to the barber's for a shave.
Three times within 20 minutes a shell struck the ground near the men I have the honour to lead, once within 10 yards, and when the high explosive shells strike they dive into the earth and the end of the world seems to come. They blow a hole just about the size of the pond at the back field at Lamwath, and the contents of the hole are blown right up into the skies, much higher than a trawler’s mast, so high that one has to lie on one's face what seems like 20 seconds until all the earth and fragments have fallen. When one strikes near as that one is covered with earth, so that there is a little difficulty in rising under the weight of it. The noise deafens and slightly stuns one.
One shell blew us down in a body without killing one of us. This bombardment went on incessantly, not a shell now and then, but all the time shells bursting, sometimes two or three coming near the same spot at once. After the third time we were covered with earth, and a man of mine shouted to me: ‘If these B---s don’t ring the bell soon we’ll go and give them their money back’. After advancing 20 minutes thus the high explosive shells ceased, and we went into the zone of the rifle and machine-gun fire, still in daylight and over open fallow land. They never worried a bit, never faltered, never even laid down to the shrapnel a moment longer than was essential; when they heard the shriek of a coming shell just walked determinedly on into the jaws of it. Col. Shaw was shot dead at about this stage. My Captain, B. Farrel, was shot through the heart a minute or two after.
Major Thielmann met instant death, and the man who went to help him was shot as he rose to do it. When we had advanced in rushes sufficiently near to the village, bayonets were fixed, and the Germans went back from the village without waiting for the assault. It was then dusk. We collected our men, gathered up and carried back what poor fellows we could, and marched the remainder back to some trenches about 500 yards in rear, leaving the position to be occupied by other troops, who dug themselves in. We laid down in some shallow trenches in a wood in the rain that night too tired to eat…
At 11 p.m. (Sunday night - 25th April) we were ordered to come out of the trenches and march back to a rest camp five miles in rear, and a terrible march it was. The road was swept with shrapnel for three of the miles. The villages which in times of peace had been on it were mere broken skeletons of their former selves. Many of the houses were in flames. The road had great shell holes in it, which parties of men were filling in with the broken houses in order to make it passable for transport, which crossed it at the gallop. Capt. Morrill, at about this stage, I think, got three shrapnel holes in one leg. Dead horses, broken wagons, mules, and occasionally men, strewed the road throughout its length, and the smell of them was sickening. The men at this stage were so tired that every time we got into the ditches for a rest we had difficulty in waking them to move on again, even in the roar of the shell bursts; many were being helped along by their pals.
At 1am this morning (Monday, 26 April) we arrived at this camp for our well-earned rest. We walked into our huts, put our heads on our packs, and fell asleep with the roar of the battle still going on, and our artillery, part of which has a position near here, roaring away for all it was worth. I woke 10 hours after-wards stiff and hungry, and with a thirst I haven’t yet succeeded in quenching, in spite of the eight pint-mugs of tea I have drunk at intervals to-day.”
Two days later, on 28 April, his platoon had orders to entrench west of Gedde's detachment, between the canal and the Filkem road. He was encouraging his men to dig themselves into the ground when a shell fell in their midst, killing four outright and wounding eight, including 2nd Lieut. Hellyer, who died in consequence of his wounds at No. 7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne.
The Times, May 15th :—
"A Sergeant in A Company of the 4th East Yorkshire Regiment, writing to a friend at Hull, gives the following description of how Lieutenant Hellyer received the wounds from which he died: 'Just as we reached our new position and were digging ourselves in, a shrapnel shell burst right in the middle of our company, killing four of us outright and wounding eight, including Mr. Sydney, who had his arm blown off, the other arm broke in two places, and several other wounds in other parts of his body. But, wounded as he was, he would not let anyone touch him until all the others had been attended to. I have never met a braver man in my life, and our platoon owe their lives to him, time and time again, by the way he handled them.' "
London, 8 Ja 1892. Son of W. A. Hepburn, 13 Well Walk, Hampstead, N.W.
Heddon Court Preparatory school, Hampstead,
Malvern: Upper V—VI. Lygon Scholar. Lea Smith Reading Prize. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; XL Football.
Exhibitioner, Magdalene College, Cambridge; Fellow Commoner 1912.
Gazetted 2nd Lieut. Special Reserve 29 Jan. 1913, subsequently being appointed to the 2nd Battn. Seaforth Highlanders; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action near Messines 30 Nov. 1914. Buried In Ploegsteert Wood.
'Malcolm Hepburn was, to those who knew him well, a singularly attractive character. His disposition was so cheery and optimistic that it made him a splendid companion, while his keen and almost child-like enjoyment of life did not prevent him from showing a discriminating and sound judgment in serious matters. His ability won him success at Cambridge, which he left at the end of his first year to accept an opening in business.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
'He obtained a Classical Exhibition at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he rowed in the College Lent boat in 1911; was in the College Tennis VI; and won his colours for Association football. He joined the Reserve of Officers in the spring of 1913, and did his special training with the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, to which he was afterwards gazetted, and with which he was serving in France when killed. He was shot while superintending sapping operations in trenches near Messines on the 30th November, 1914, and was buried in Ploegsteert Wood.'Magdalene College Cambridge
Service record:WO 339/9167
Son of Maj. H. R. and Mrs. Hildyard, of Hythe, Kent. b. 4th August 1897.
Lower IV—Army II.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Royal Lancaster Regt. 1916.
1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).
'He was a boy of very decided character, full of cheeriness and fun, and a great authority on School form and custom. None will forget his courage, either moral or physical; his excitement at the outbreak of war to join up at once; or his chagrin when told that his age and size were against him. He was a fine character, whose gallant death all his contemporaries will mourn. He entered Sandhurst soon after leaving School, and was gazetted to the Royal Lancaster Regiment last April, proceeding to the front in July. He was killed on Dec. 20th, two days after re-joining his regiment from leave.' (Malvernian, Mar 1917).
He was gazetted 2nd Lieut, 6 April, 1916; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the following July: was Battalion Signalling Officer, and was killed in action the day after returning from leave, 20 Dec. 1916, during the operations on the Somme. Buried in the French Officers' Cemetery at Maricourt. (De Ruvigny).
Memorial stained glass window at St Leonard's Church, Hythe
Service record:WO 339/59410
Son of William and Katharine Hill, of "Sunnycroft", Tamworth, Staffs. b. 1895.
Middle Shell—Lower Modern II.
Harper Adams Agricultural College.
Farmer in Canada.
Great War, Inns of Court O.T.C. 1915; 2nd Lieutenant.
North Somerset Yeomanry attd. 1st Bn. Somerset Light Infantry.
Service record:WO 374/33349
Son of Thomas and Florence Herbert Hill, of East View, Uxbridge, Middx. Born at Ewell, Surrey, May 27th 1892.
Scholar of Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Gazetted to 10th Bn. The Rifle Brigade Aug., 1914. Previously wounded Oct., 1915. Joined R.F.C. in 1916.
59th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and General List.
'Beresford Hill gained no distinction at games, but no boy at Malvern, in his day, was better known or more highly respected. He owed his position to his scholarly taste, his genial buoyant temperament, and the obvious uprightness and honesty of his character. Few boys have exercised a wider, certainly none a more wholesome, influence over their fellows, and it is safe to say that no one came into contact with him that was not the better for it. Let us give him the highest praise at our command, and say that he was one of the finest type of Public School boys. Nothing can be added to that praise.' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).
In 1892 he was educated at Mr. Worsley's, Evelyns, Hillingdon, and at Malvern College, where he held a classical scholarship.
On leaving Malvern he was given a leaving scholarship, and he also won an open classical scholarship at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and went up in October, 1911, taking his degree in 1914. He served in the Cambridge O.T.C. for three years, and on the outbreak of war was given a commission in the Rifle Brigade. He went to the front in July, 1915, and was wounded in October, 1915. On his recovery he entered the Royal Flying Corps in April, 1916, and returned to the front as a pilot in February 1917.
He was killed in aerial action near Arras on 4 March, while fighting against four hostile aeroplanes, which attacked him as he was returning from photographing the German lines in his plane RE8 (A4163) when he was shot down and killed by Leutnant Renatus Theiller from Jasta 5.
Air War Flight
Service record:WO 339/12838
Born: June 9th 1889, 117 Piccadilly. Son of H. E. Hoare, Bix, Henley-on-Thames.
Lower Shell—Middle V.
Farmer in British East Africa.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant King's African Rifles; invalided; Private A.S.C.; 2nd Lieutenant 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
'He was in East Africa when the war broke out. After getting a commission and serving there, he was invalided out, came home in 1916, and, after several rejections on account of health, obtained a commission in the Buffs, and went to the front on December 30th of last year. He was killed in action March 27th. Evelyn Hoare never made much mark at School, but showed some determination and independence. He had a strong sense of humour, and was a pleasant companion, but took an unusually long time to grow out of childhood. After he left, he developed rapidly.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Service record:WO 339/83359
Son of Herbert Hobbs, of Riding Mill, Northumberland and Falcons, Elmfield Road, Gosforth. b. 1894.
Middle Shell—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. Shooting VIII.
Keble College, Oxford.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 8th Northumberland Fusiliers 1914 ; Lieutenant 2nd Batt.
2nd Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers.
He was a fine long distance runner, and won the mile race for his College while at Oxford.
'At the outbreak of the war he had just completed his first year at Keble College, Oxford; he intended after his University career to be ordained. He was one of the first to be given a temporary commission in August 1914, and was sent for one month to the Officers' Training Camp at Churn, after which he was appointed to the 8th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. After several months training he was promoted Lieutenant and went to the Staff College at Camberley, subsequently being gazetted to a permanent commission in the Regular Army, 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers. He went out to the front with a draft to his regiment on May 2nd, and was killed in action nr. Hooge on May 25th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Menin Gate South:In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
Son of Mrs. A. L. Honey, of Cowper's House & Houghton, Huntingdon, Hunts, and the late Rev. Albert Alexis Honey. Native of Huntingdon. b. 1898.
Middle V—Lower VI. Senior Chapel Prefect. XI Cricket; XI Football; Ledbury Cap. Cadet Officer.
4th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment.
'A. C. Honey only left School last April for a course at an Officers' Cadet Unit at Firbright, after which he obtained a commission in the Worcesters, and went to the front. He was wounded on November 30, a bullet passing through his left arm, lacerating the lung and breaking a rib. After ten weeks of patient suffering, he died on February 10. As Alec Honey belonged to the generation of most of the present members of the School, his loss will be keenly felt. His shyness and reserve restricted his circle of intimate friends, but those who knew him best entertained a strong affection for him, and respected him for the seriousness of purpose and unfaltering sense of justice and duty which he showed in every action. Not a few of his contemporaries owed more than they knew to his wholesome influence. He was modest to a fault, and could never see any merit in his own performance, though he was a natural and proficient games player. His remarkable achievement in his first summer term marked him out as a cricketer of great promise, for in one of the Junior House matches he made 176 not out in the first innings, and followed it up in the second innings with 268. He gave every promise of a successful career at Oxford, where he had already entered at Brasenose College. He was not destined to outlive by many months his school career, but even in the short period of his military service he amply fulfilled the expectations of those who knew and loved him most.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
He was wounded at Cambrai on the 30th November 1917 and died of wounds on the 10th February 1918 at No. 20 General Hospital, Camiers, France.
Biography at Worcestershire Regiment
Son of E. C. Irish, 26 Daleham Gardens, Hampstead, N.W. and of Alice Christina Irish of 8A, Winchester Rd., Swiss Cottage, London b. 1898.
Army III—I. House Prefect. House XI Football. Gymnasium Colours.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regt. 1917.
'Irish had always intended to make the Army his profession, but, like so many others, left School earlier than was intended and went to Sandhurst, whence he entered the East Lancs. Regiment. He was a boy of robust character, and showed signs of developing into a fine man. His early death will be mourned by all who knew him at School, where his happy disposition made him a general favourite. His keenness for the Army at an early age was extraordinary, and it is sad to think that his career has been cut short so soon in a profession in which he had hoped to make his mark.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
Service record:WO 339/78240
Unit war diary: WO 95/1729/2
Son of H. O. Irvine, Southerndown House, Bridgend and of Mary M. Irvine, of 2, Salisbury Avenue, Penarth, Glamorgan, b. 1897.
Lower V—Lower VI. House Prefect.
Great War, Private Royal Fusiliers; 2nd Lieutenant R.F.C.
After leaving school he matriculated at London University, after which he was employed at a munition factory. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers in May, and got his commission in the Royal Flying Corps in July, and received his “wings” on September 28th. He was accidentally killed while flying in England.
Obituary in Flight Global magazine
Born: May 13th 1898, Jersey. Son of Arthur and Lilian Anne Jagger, of "Uplands," Pashley Rd., Eastbourne, and School House, Mansfield.
Modern III—Army II. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 9th Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers 1918.
'In January 1917 he entered Sandhurst. He passed out in December, and was gazetted to the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Last June he went out to France, and it was on September 30th that he received a severe shell wound, from the effects of which he died on the following day. Stannus Jagger had such a lovable disposition that one wonders whether he ever in his life made an enemy. Not only was he happy in himself, but his unfailing cheerfulness made for happiness in others. With all his light-heartedness and strong sense of humour, there was a serious side to his character which showed itself in his keen devotion to duty, and in the sound principles upon which all his conduct was based. He was eminently trustworthy; in thought, as well as in deed, he was a thorough gentleman. His many friends will deeply regret his death, and will feel the greatest sympathy with his parents in the loss of their only son.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Epitaph chosen by his father, former headmaster of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Mansfield, comes from Macbeth Act 5 Scene 8:
WHY THEN, GOD'S SOLDIER BE HE!
Epitaphs of the Great War
Service record:WO 339/89207
Son of W. H. and Emily Jowett, Ardencraig, Grassendale, Liverpool, b. 1898.
Upper IV—Lower Modern I.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 7th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.
'A sturdy boy, who was quietly building himself, and showing much promise of usefulness. Friendships with him were not sought in vain, and they were most genuine friendships.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918)
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2655/1
Son of Walter and Helene Keep, of 11, Rossdale Rd., Putney and 6 Lower Common South, Putney, S.W. b. Oct 13th 1883.
Modern III—Lower Modern I. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 15th Bn. Hampshire Regiment.
Husband of Florence Louisa Keep.
'W. F. Keep when at School gained no distinguished position, but he is remembered as of a bright and happy disposition, always ready with a bright smile to make the best of everything. He was always keen on everything connected with his house and School. It is said of him by his brother officers that "he did not know what fear meant and always took a tremendous interest in everything that went on around him." His Colonel speaks of him as "a most promising officer, and all will miss his cheery confidence and good humour."' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Extract from unit war diary:
7.6.17 At Zero hour (3.10am) we blew a large mine under the enemy's crater at St Eloi, at the same time our artillery opened a barrage, when the 123rd Brigade commenced attacking - Two hours later we moved up in artillery formation to the Damstrasse & upon arrival there we deployed into position ready for the attack. Our own barrage was excellent on the night but very ragged on the left and centre.
6.50am. We moved forward on our objectives. Many casualties were caused by the guns remaining on the second objective on the left, & it was not until the artillery were informed, that it was finally occupied, after this barrage had finally moved forward.
9.10am It was observed that enemy were moving in the valley beyond Observer Row and at 10.15am 500 men were rushed over the ridge just behind to join them, these were received with pretty heavy Lewis Gun fire, and several casualties were caused, from this period onwards various attempts to make a local counter attack on Denys Wood were made & these took place at 10am and 2 and 7pm. None of the attacks were in any degree successful and the one at 3pm was unexpectedly met by our own attack carried out by the 24th Division. Prior to these attacks we were subjected to intense bombardments, which died away when our artillery opened fire.
Our casualties were not heavy, A Coy suffering most severely & 2nd Lieut Keep of C Coy was killed.
Service record:WO 339/67075
Unit war diary:WO 95/2634/5
Born 15 Jan 1881 at Bonigale, Shropshire. Son of Colonel C. N. Lane, C.M.G., Whiston Hall, Shropshire, b. 1881.
Formerly at Aspatria College; served in the South African War with Paget's Horse; afterwards in Canada.
Rancher in Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 1915 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment).
'Percy Lane served with Paget's Horse in the South African War, receiving a medal and clasp. He subsequently went to Canada, and on the outbreak of the present war enlisted in the Canadian Infantry; in this he obtained a Commission and was killed in action on or about May l0th, 1915.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
'On the 8th May,1915, Captain Dennison, Lieutenant Lane and a few men were last seen fighting a rearguard action in the front-line trench near the Bellewaerde and Frezenberg Ridges, before being overwhelmed by the German assault.'
National archives of Canada
Son of Henry Lakin Lawrence and Emma Lawrence, 19 Walpole Terrace, Brighton, b. Feb 14th 1899.
Upper V—Army I. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 7th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment. 1917.
'Tom Lawrence was wounded on September 23rd, and died at a casualty clearing station the following day, never having recovered consciousness. At School he was a well-known figure amongst his contemporaries, always anxious to take his part in any activities, and an enthusiastic member of his House. Full of spirits, and ever ready for an argument, behind an easy optimism that a stranger might mistake for irresponsibility, there lay a genuine loyalty to his friends and School, and a depth of feeling he could not always conceal.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
'24/9/18 Enemy attacked under heavy barrage at 11.30am, & was driven off with heavy casualties. 2/Lt T E Lawrence wounded early in the morning & died of wounds later in the day.' (Unit War Diary extract).
Service record:WO 339/89208
Unit war diary:WO 95/1856/3
Born June 15th 1885. Son of Charles Ashby Scott Leggatt M.D. and Helen Henrietta Leggatt (formerly Anderson), 2 Walton Place, S.W.
Middle IV—Army III. House XI Cricket.
Natal Mounted Police 1903-12; served in Natal Native Rebellion, Medal; Civil Service N. Rhodesia 1912,13; Assistant Secretary of Falcon Mines, Rhodesia.
Great War 1914 (overseas), 2nd Lieutenant "C" Bty. 47th Bde. Royal Field Artillery .
Husband of Ada Leggatt, of 30, Manchester St., Manchester Square, London. (Married at Church of St Thomas , Regent Street on 15th March 1915).
'At the outbreak of the war he returned to England and obtained a commission in the R.A., and according to the report of his C.O. proved a most capable officer. He was wounded in October of last year, and was killed in action in September of this year. He was a boy and young man of singular charm and strong personality, and extremely popular wherever he was.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
'Bazentin-le-Grand. 16th Sept. 9.30am The enemy kept up a heavy barrage on Switch Trench throughout the day. 2/Lt A.G.S. Leggatt killed.' (Unit War Diary)
Service record:WO 339/16782
Unit war diary:WO 95/1887/1
Born 5th August 1895. Son of Sir Francis Ley, Bt., Epperstone Manor, Notts, and Lady Ley of Lealholm Lodge, Lealholm, Yorks.
Upper IV A—Army II. House Prefect. House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; East Kent Regt. 1914. Attached 1st Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment.
'At the end of September he was gazetted to the Buffs and was with the Reserve Battalion at Dover till Oct. 24th, when in answer to an urgent call he was sent to the front to be attached to the 1st Battalion of the Lincoln Regt. He had been at the front only five days when he fell. The Lincolns had advanced during the night to a position which proved to be extremely precarious, and at daybreak, owing to the enemy's rifle and artillery fire, were forced to retire. A few minutes before the retirement began, he was shot through the heart. So a most promising career has come to an untimely end. He had the makings of a first-rate officer; always energetic, intelligent, and exceptionally smart, he threw himself wholeheartedly into his work. He was one of the best of fellows, and his simplicity of character and cheerful disposition won him many friends. He made his mark at School as an athlete. Though heavily built, he was a fine sprinter and jumper. Few will forget the great struggle in the Sports of 1913 when he lost the Champion Cup by one mark.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
He was killed at Wystchaete, near Ypres, while endeavouring to assist his wounded men in a retirement.
The Maurice Ley Scholarship was founded in his memory.
Bond of sacrifice at IWM
Son of J. G. Lofthouse, Arrowfield, Boroughbridge, Yorks. b. 1885.
Lower IV—Modern II. House XI Football.
Engineer; Partner in Rushworth, Ingleby and Lofthouse.
Great War, Private 1914, afterwards 2nd Lieutenant 4th Bn East Yorkshire Regt.
'He went out to the front in May, 1916, and was wounded on the Somme in the following September. He returned to the front at the beginning of this year, was reported missing on April 23rd, and is now reported to have been killed on that date.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
'Arras. 28/4/17. At zero hour at 4.45am the barrage opened, and shells fell very short and at once we had serious casualties from them amongst officers, NCOs & men. The two flank companies especially suffered & it was not long before all officers in three companies were either killed or wounded. Enemy machine gun fire in the meantime had begun to tell.
At about 7am the enemy launched a vigorous counter attack from the direction of Vis-en-Artois and also from Cherisy.
When the enemy reached the original front line trench, the battalion had lost all its company officers & the battalion signalling officer.
In total casualties killed, wounded & missing were 17 officers & 352 other ranks.' (Unit War diary).
Memorial at St. Andrew's Church, Aldborough
Service record:WO 374/42711
Unit war diary:WO 95/2835/1
Son of William Cole Long and Minna Long, Spring Cottage, Watledge, Nailsworth. b. 1898.
Middle IV A—Army II. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 261st Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery.
'He was sent to the front last winter, as Second Lieutenant in the R.A. On May 30th, while resting in a dug-out, he was severely wounded by fragments of a shell which had burst near-by. He was removed, quite conscious and even cheerful, to an Officers' CCS. Recovery was hoped for, but he died, unconscious, on the following day. He was a straightforward, open-hearted, unassuming boy, with a strong sense of humour, and is stated by the Officer commanding his battery to have been a most efficient officer, who cheerfully undertook any dangerous work demanded of him.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
Service record: WO 339/93926
Son of L. H. Lovett-Thomas, Hillside, Broadstone. b. Feb 6th 1897.
Army II—I. House Scholar. House Prefect.
R.M.A. Woolwich; 165th Bde. Royal Field Artillery 1915. M.C.
'He passed into Woolwich in 1915 and received his commission in the R.F.A. in the same year. In January 1916 he was sent with his brigade to Egypt, and to another front in the following March. For splendid services rendered on February 17th, 1917, when he kept up communication with a forward infantry report centre under the most difficult conditions, he was awarded the Military Cross, but the honour was not announced until after his death, which occurred on March 11th, from wounds received on that day while he was acting as officer in charge of the guns. Letters received from his brigade describe him as a very gallant soldier, invariably plucky and cheerful, and emphasise his manly worth, his exceptional ability, and his very lovable personality. "He was," writes his C.O. in reference to one particularly trying occasion, "just his bright cheerful-serious little self all the time." The words aptly hit off the nature of the boy, as we knew him.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Bideford Gazette 10th April 1917:
He proceeded to Egypt with his brigade in January, 1916, and to another front in the following March. His commanding officer writes: "I have lost my most efficient and best-loved officer. I cannot speak too highly of him, both as a gentleman and officer. For splendid services rendered to his country on the 17th of February, he was mentioned to those in higher command."
'Hebuterne. 11/3/17. HQ & Battery positions shelled. Casualties 2nd Lieut R S Lovett-Thomas 'C' Battery fatally injured. 1 OR wounded.' (Unit War Diary).
Service record:WO 339/45693
Unit war diary:WO 95/2349/3
Son of Arthur and Mary Louisa Macan, Drumcashel, Castle Bellingham, Co. Louth, Ireland, b. 1886.
Lower Modern III—Lower Modern I. House Prefect.
Studied in Germany; Farm Pupil in Canada.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 14th Middlesex 1915. 21st Bn. Middlesex Regiment.
Husband of Marguerite Evelyn Macan, of 124, Elgin Crescent, Holland Park, Notting Hill, London.
'On leaving School, he spent four years in Germany, and in 1910 went to Canada, where he spent some years learning farming and railway work. He returned home early in 1915, and joined the Trinity College, Dublin, O.T.C., receiving his commission in the Middlesex Regiment in due course. He was sent out to France in August 1916, and was wounded a month later, by a bomb, while on patrol duty. On recovery, he returned to France, and took part in much fighting, and, though only 2nd Lieutenant, replaced his Captain in the big offensive of 1917, being praised for his efficiency. He met his death on March 23rd, 1918, while gallantly leading his men. A simple story of a very simple-minded, wholesome type of boy and young man, who was universally liked and respected wherever he was, and whose watchword in life was duty.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
Service record: WO 339/40561
Son of William Ord MacGregor, Hazaribagh, Chota Nagpur, India, and Ranchi, India b. 1896.
Upper Shell—Army I. School Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Highland L.I. 1914; R.F.C.
'His intention on leaving School was to go into business, but he joined up at once in the early autumn of 1914, and received a commission in the Highland L.I. Later he transferred to the R.F.C., and after the usual training went out to France where he was killed in action on June 8th. "His O.C. speaks in the highest terms of the gallantry displayed by the contact control which was shot down by direct hit. He was considered by the infantry to have done magnificent work in his endeavours to identify our line." As a schoolboy, Tom MacGregor was a boy of quiet studious ways, and never very prominent at games; popular in his House and in the School, and respected for his simple hearted honest nature.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
He joined the H.L.I. and was in the Ypres salient all the winter of 1915/16 and was wounded on May 10th 1916.
After three months leave he joined the R.F.C. and was sent to the front on May 9th. He was doing useful work when both he and his observer were killed in the air by a shell.Flight Global
There is a marble memorial to him at St Marks Church,Pennington in the New Forest.IWM
Born: 26th Jan 1879, 60 Onslow Gardens, London. Son. Of George William Marshall, LL.D. (Barrister), Sarnesfield Court, Weobley, and Caroline Emly Marshall formerly Hall.
Tea Planter in Ceylon.
Great War, Motor Ambulance Driver (overseas) 1914; 2nd 1st Bn. Herefordshire Regiment attd. 4th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment. 1916.
'When war broke out he was in Ceylon where he had been engaged in tea planting. He came home early in the war and volunteered as a motor ambulance driver for Lady Bagot's Hospital. Subsequently he joined Mrs. Stobart’s Red Cross contingent as an ambulance driver under the Serbian Relief Fund. In this capacity he served throughout the Serbian retreat, and finally was one of the party who tramped over the Albanian Mountains to Scutari. After returning to England to recuperate he trained for a commission, and in the autumn of 1916 was gazetted to the Herefordshire Regiment. In March last he was attached to the Bedford Regiment, with whom he was serving when killed.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Service record:WO 374/46192
Unit war diary:WO 95/3118/2
Born: 6th October 1896. Son of Hon. Col. Hugh Mesnard Melly, V.D., and Eleanor Lawrence Melly, Quinta, Greenheys Road, Liverpool.
Passed into R.M.C. Sandhurst, but did not enter.
Great War. 2nd Lieutenant 1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).
'From here he passed into Sandhurst, but war broke out just before he was due to join. He, therefore, chose to accept an offer of joining the Special Reserve of the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He went out with a draft to France and was wounded in the foot on (27th) April, 1915 (at Ypres). Later on he received a commission and proceeded again to the front. He was killed on July 1st while leading his men on to assault the second line of German trenches. His Major writes: "He was very happy in his life in the Regiment. He was a brave, fearless and capable officer." ' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Killed in action at Serre on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
'Green Trench, near Serre. 1st July 1916. At 8.46am leading sections of the Batn advanced from the assembly area. Directly the advance commenced the Batn came under heavy machine gun fire and there seems no doubt that a large number of casualties occurred before reaching our own front line. The advance still continued, however, a large number of casualties being sustained in no man's land from both machine gun and shell fire. Only a small number of the two left companies reached the German front line.
2nd Lieut Melly was among the 7 officers killed in his battalion, and a further 13 officers were wounded. Only 120 men were left at the end of the day.' (Unit War Diary).
There is a memorial plaque at St John The Evangelist Church, Great Sutton, Ellesmere Port.IWM
Service record:WO 339/24244
Unit war diary:WO 95/1506/1
Born: August 24th 1893. Son of W. Milburn and Edith Jane Milburn, Stonewall Park, Edenbridge, Kent.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Football.
Trinity College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 4th Bn. Attd. 2nd Bn. East Surrey Regiment 1914.
'He received a commission in the 4th (Reserve) Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment in August 1914, In January last he was attached to the 2nd Battalion at the front, and fell in action on February 9th. A type of the care-free schoolboy, he was the friend of everyone, but the depth of his affectionate nature could best be realised by those who knew him in the intimacy of his home, in which he will be terribly missed.' (Malvernian, March 1915).
Unit War Diary extract:
9.2.15 Battalion was employed in carrying rations and water to the trenches. During this 2nd Lieut R. G. Milbank was wounded and subsequently died of wounds.'
Service record:WO 339/17052
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2279/1
Born: February 9th 1891. Son of Mansfeldt Henry and Emily Frances Mills, of 34, Kingsnorth Gardens, Folkestone Kent, and 8 Barn Park Terrace, Teignmouth.
Upper IV A—Upper Shell.
Mining Engineer; in Tin Mines Northern Nigeria.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Engineers.
Killed in action, December 29, 1915.
'He was by profession a mining engineer, and at the outbreak of the war was engaged in tin mines in Northern Nigeria. He then accepted a commission in the Royal Engineers. His Company Commander writes: "Speaking as Officer Commanding this Company I do not think it would have been possible to have had a more capable and reliable fellow in every way. He will be very very difficult to replace. ' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
Marble memorial at St Margaret’s church, Cliffe
Service record:WO 339/36049
Son of Sir Robert Morris, Bt., Sketty Park, Glamorgan, b. 1896.
Lower IV—Army II. XL Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1914.
He was examining an automatic pistol and received a gun-shot wound in the left thigh on 29th Jan 1915 at Rouen whilst in the 3rd Battalion.
He embarked back into the field on 19th March 1915, and was transferred on the 26th March 1915 to the 1st Battalion.
Below is an extract from the Unit War Diary:
'Operations against Aubers Ridge & Festubert.
15th May. The Battalion formed up along the parapet on the Rue Chilloux.
The Battalion was ordered to assault the German trenches to its immediate front, take the German 1st & 2nd Lines and then move S.E. & take up a line between the Rue Quinque & the Rue D'Ouvert.
At 3.15am, the battalion assaulted and suffered very heavily from shell & machine gun fire both in crossing the parapet and the space between our parapet and the 1st German line. The CO of the Battalion Lt Col Gabbatt and the OC of B Coy were killed at once. The 2nd in command Major G F Dickson, the OC C Coy Lt Chapman & the OC D Coy all fell severely wounded together with many officers NCOs & men. The German first line was however quickly stormed, and the 2nd line was also quickly carried, and the line pushed on. A heavy M.G. & rifle fire then opened from the left front.
He was one of 8 officers killed out of an initial 25. 559 Other Ranks out of an initial 806 were casualties.'
Service record:WO 339/22667
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1665/1
Son of J. J. Muir. b. 1896.
Upper IV B—Science I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XXII Football; Fives Pair. Cadet Officer.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Bn. attd. 3rd Bn Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
'He left us only last Christmas. Here he earned the respect and affection of all who knew him by the genuine simplicity of his character and a certain natural dignity. He was not one of those to whom a soldier's career would in itself be likely to make any great appeal, but a high sense of duty impelled him to try, despite his short sightedness, to obtain a commission. This he gained in the 6th (Reserve) Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He went to the front in March with the 3rd Battalion, and was killed in action in Flanders on June 6th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Unit War Diary extract of 16th June 1915:
'The orders to the Battalion were to support and consolidate the positions gained by the 9th Inf. Bde. In the captured trenches about “Y” wood and to the North of Hooge, and help them consolidate. After an examination of the position had been made, it was decided that immediate support was not necessary. After the assault by the 9th Infantry Brigade, the 7th Infantry Brigade had orders to occupy their assembly trenches and this was done. The H.A.C. at once followed the battalions Royal Fusiliers and 1st Lincs and helped them to consolidate, but after communication with them in captured trenches it was found that immediate support to the H.A.C. which had been ordered, was not necessary, so battalion remained in the assembly trenches vacated by the 9th Inf. Bde., remaining there under heavy shell fire, and a good many casualties occurred. [Killed: Capt EW Buckler, Lt B Muir, Lt RN Loring; Wounded 11 officers. Rank and File: Killed 30, Wounded 255, Missing 24. Total 309]'.
Son of C. F. Murray, 77 Barrowgatc Road, Chiswick. b. 1898.
Shell—Lower Modern I.
Great War (overseas), 2nd Lieutenant R.F.C. and 2nd Flying Training Schools Royal Air Force.
Born: 16th July 1883. Son of Hugh Nicholson (Cotton Broker) and Margaret Gifford Nicholson (formerly Broadfoot), Sutton Hall, Little Sutton, Cheshire.
Lower IV—Middle V.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Bn. Cheshire Regt.
'Ypres, 24th May. 4am. Battalion proceeded to Ypres (from Brandhoek) following line of railway south of town and thence into trenches in square I 10 (Sheet 28 1/40000) from which an attack was made on enemy trenches about midnight. Battalion was subjected to a withering shell fire in the morning while advancing over open ground.
11pm 25th May. Battalion relieved and returned to Brandhoek.
Casualties: 5 officers (including Nicholson) and 8 other ranks.' (Unit Way Diary)
Service record:WO 339/508
Unit war diary:WO 95/2276/2
Son of H. Noble, Temple Combe, Henley-on-Thames, b. 1897.
Middle IV A—Army I.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; K.R.R.C. 1915.
'Norris Heatley Noble was a member of No. 5 from 1910-14, when he left for a short stay with an Army Tutor preliminary to Sandhurst. He was at the R.M.C. for the first few months of the war, commissioned to the King's Royal Rifle Corps in March 1915, and was wounded in an attack and counter-attack on July 27th, and again on the way to the dressing-station. For a time he seemed likely to recover, but he died on August 15th, much regretted by his fellow officers and men. He left School too young to have made his mark, but will be remembered by his generation as the embodiment of good temper and good humour in all the changing fortunes of daily life.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Son of William Milford Norsworthy and Henrietta Threlfall Eve, Yealmpton, Plymouth, b. 1886.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant The Buffs 1916.
Husband of Ernestine Norsworthy (nee Evans), of 14, Trafalgar Studios, Manresa Rd., Chelsea, London.
'Owing to ill-health he left School early and was sent to St. Ives, Cornwall, where he met many artists and took up art. After a short time at Bushey he came under the influence of Mr. Augustus John, Mr. Frank Brangwyn, R.A., and the late Mr. Swan, R.A. During a visit to Liverpool he made many drawings in sepia of the Cathedral while it was in course of construction, a number of them being exhibited in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and at the various exhibitions in London. A large landscape of his, "The Vista," which showed the good use he had made of four winters passed in Italy, was hung in last year's Royal Academy. At the outbreak of war he joined the Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, and spent the winter of 1915-16 in the trenches, gaining sergeant's stripes. He obtained a commission in the Buffs, and was killed in action four weeks after returning to the front.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Born: 25th April 1890. Son of Edgar Oliver, Redgate, Exmouth.
Middle Shell—Remove. XI Football 1905,06.
Great War, 1914. 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn. Devonshire Regiment attd. 2nd Bn Yorkshire Regiment
Was in the Malay States Rifles before the war.
Married Sybil Violet Leona Mainwaring at the Church of St Mary, Kuala Lumpa on January 1st 1914.
Died at No 1 Casualty Clearing Station from wounds received in action (G.S.W Both Legs & Hands).
Service record:WO 339/5431
Medal card: WO 372/15/52117
Son of W. A. Onslow, Preston Bagot House, Henley-in-Arden. b. 1887.
Lower V—Lower VI. House Prefect. House XI Cricket.
Keble College, Oxford; B.A. (Second Class History) 1909.
In business; worked for many years at the School Mission.
Great War, Australian Voluntary Hospital 1914 (overseas); 2nd Lieutenant Royal Warwickshire Regt. M.C.
'Arthur Onslow was a most painstaking, earnest-minded boy at School. His ability was above the average, and he always did his best all round. He had hoped to be ordained, but an unfortunate tendency to stammering stood in his way. But he went to the School Mission and did most excellent work there for some years. At the outbreak of war he (and other members of the Mission Staff) joined the Australian Voluntary Hospital. In May 1915 he returned to England and received a commission in his own county regiment (the Royal Warwickshire). Nearly a year later he went to the front, where he distinguished himself over and over again. Recommended for reward for his gallantry on July 15th, he met his death on August 12th, while bravely leading his men in a grenade attack on a specially difficult position. His name appeared in the Gazette on September 22nd, and in the list of those to whom the Military Cross had been awarded. He was quiet and unassuming, but his character was remarkably strong, and he was greatly loved.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Son of Rev. T. H. Orpen and Mrs. Amy 0. G. Orpen of 5, Herschel Rd., Cambridge and Mark Ash, Abinger Common, Dorking, b. 1893.
Upper Shell—Lower V.
Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant N. Staffordshire Regt.; transferred 2nd Bn. attd. 10th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.
'At school he was a small, quiet boy, always well behaved and steady, and likely to develop later. This he certainly did.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Times Obituary, 27th July 1916: “Second Lieutenant Walter Selwyn Orpen, North Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed on July 6th aged 23 was the youngest son of the Rev. T. H. and Mrs Orpen of Mark Ash, Abinger, Surrey. He was educated at Malvern, and at Selwyn College, Cambridge where he had completed his second year when war was declared. He was then in the OTC and was gazetted to the North Staffordshire Regiment in September 1914. After 9 months training he went to the Front being attached to the Lancashire Fusiliers. He had recently been made sniping Intelligence Officer to his battalion, and it was in the discharge of this duty that he met his death instantaneously from a snipers bullet. His adjutant writes: During the time he has been with us I grew to like him more and more and to respect his many good qualities. He was always cheerful and brave.”
Biography at Dorking Museum
Son of G. W. Overman, Manor House, Weasenham, Norfolk, b. 1896.
Lower Modern II—Lower Modern I.
With an Estate Agent.
Great War, Trooper Norfolk Yeomanry 1914; 2nd Lieutenant, Captain Yorkshire L.I.
'By his subsequent career J. G. Overman fully justified the opinion formed of him here that he was a boy of strong and determined character, who would tackle with courage any difficulty that crossed his path. Those who knew him here will read with pride, and readily believe, that the enemy trench in which he was killed was reached by the battalion largely owing to his determination and gallantry. In a short time he had made himself a most efficient soldier; his General pays a very high tribute to his able leadership, and had prophesied that he would go very far in the profession which this war had called upon him to adopt.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Son of J. F. Pearson, The Birches, Hagley, Worcs. b. 1891.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. XXII Football.
Oriel College, Oxford.
Great War, Trooper Worcestershire Yeomanry 1914, 2nd Lieutenant.
'Maurice Pearson was a boy with a strong personality: his affectionate nature, his keen sense of humour, and his untiring activity made him a centre of a most happy band of friends both here and at Oxford. At the outbreak of war he joined the Yeomanry as a Trooper; he received a commission in March 1915, and was sent out to the East in September. On Easter Sunday of this year his company was overwhelmed, and he was shot through the chest; while his wound was being dressed he was again shot, and died before the fight was over.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Second Son of Sir Alexander Brooke Pechell (R.A.M.C), Bt. b. 1891.
Upper Modern II—Modern I.
Coffee Planter; late 2nd Lieutenant 6th Hants Battery R.F.A. (T.F.).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant I. A.R.O. 1914; R.F.C.
'After leaving School he joined the Hants Batt. R.F.A. (T.F.). Subsequently he went abroad and was engaged in coffee planting in S. India. On the outbreak of war he joined the Indian Army Reserve of Officers, and eventually came home to take up flying. He was killed while flying on Dec. 21st, 1916. (Malvernian, Mar 1917).
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.
'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 W. Perks, Holly Mount Cottage, Malvern, b. 1887.
Oriel College, Oxford; Fourth Class Class. Mods.; B.A. (Third Class History) 1909; Winner of Light-weights, Novices Boxing, 1906.
2nd Lieutenant Oxfords and Bucks L.I. (T.F.).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 9th North Lancashire Regt.
'While at Oxford he held a commission in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. On the outbreak of war he was appointed to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and saw much active service, being wounded in July 1916. He was invalided home and returned to the Front last November. He was killed on April 26th while attached to a trench mortar battery.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Son of T. F. Porter, Sandheys, Blundellsands, Liverpool, b. 1898.
Middle IV A—Upper Modern II. Morgan Engineering. School Prefect. Shooting VIII. Goldingham Cup.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant R.F.C.
'Fitz Porter was a born engineer, but what pleased him even more than engineering was to tackle anything in School or out of it with an unconquerable perseverance. This was the characteristic that marked him out for the position of prefect and showed every promise of success in the future. News of his fatal accident brought a genuine regret to all who knew anything of him and had formed high hopes of his career; but they will ever remember how inspired they have been by his generous friendship, his cheery optimism, and his fixed resolve to go straight and hard.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Son of F. A. Ravenscroft, Hill Close, New Brighton, b. 1892.
Lower Shell—Science I. XL Football.
Rancher in the Argentine.
Great War, R.F.A. 1914, Lieutenant R.F.C.
Accidentally killed near Croydon, January 16, 1917.
'A boy of vigorous, fearless character, with a strong sense of humour, and withal, when occasion required, a deep seriousness of outlook. He was at his best when things were going worst. At the outbreak of war he was farming in the Argentine, but came home and received a commission in the R.F.A. He was at Suvla Bay until the evacuation, returned to Egypt with his regiment, and came to England last August. He transferred later to the R.F.C., and died on January 16th, as the result of an accident while flying in this country.' (Malvernian, Mar 1917).
Born: Feb 17th 1898. Son of Stansfield and M. Anita Richardson, Thornholme, Sunderland.
Upper V—Science Form. Minor Scholar. School Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Tank Corps; transf. 4th Bn. Grenadier Guards.
'Many Malvernian friends will deplore the death of Raymond Richardson, who succumbed on April 26th to severe wounds received in action on April 20th. On leaving school he would, under normal conditions, have proceeded to Cambridge, but in July 1916 he entered a Training Battalion, and was gazetted to the Tank Corps in the following December. In July, last year, he was transferred to the Grenadier Guards, and went to France in December.
He was a thoughtful boy, with a lively and engaging manner, a personality who would have to be reckoned with in any community. His opinions, firmly held, were expressed fearlessly, and always with the utmost good temper. With his interest in scientific developments and in modern industrial conditions, and with sympathies quickened by the struggle in which he was to lay down his life, he bade fair, had he survived, to prove a worthy successor to his father in a career dedicated to social service.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
He was wounded on 22nd April 1918 and died four days later at a casualty clearing station half way between St Omer and Hazebrouck known as Ebblinghem.
'Le Tir Anglais. 20th April (Saturday). Battalion formed working parties. 2/Lt Richardson severely wounded. This officer subsequently died of wounds on the 25th April.' (Unit Way Diary).
Service record:WO 339/137979
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1226/2
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).
Son of William and Laura Rosenthal, 6 Belsize Park, N.W. b. 1892.
Lower Modern II—Modern I.
Studied at Lausanne.
In business in London.
Great War, Artists Rifles 1915; 2nd Lieutenant "D" Coy. 11th Bn. W. Kent Regt.
'After leaving School he studied languages for some time at Lausanne, and eventually went into business in London. In September 1915 he joined the Artists Rifles, and six months later gazetted to a commission in the Royal West Kent Regt. He was killed in action on April 21st. He will be remembered by his friends as a quiet, unassuming boy, who was always willing to do a kindness for anyone. He had good abilities, and promised to do really well in the career which he had adopted.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Son of Reginald N. Rogers, Carwinion, Falmouth, b. 1882.
Middle V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. XI Cricket 1900,01; XI Football 1899, 1900.
Worcester College, Oxford; Third Class Class. Mods.; B.A. (Third Class History) 1905; played Association Football v. Cambridge 1904,05.
Joint Head Master of Kent House School, Eastbourne.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 15th Rifle Brigade and 7th Bn. Rifle Brigade.
'At Malvern, as afterwards at Oxford, Reggie Rogers was one of those who got full value out of both. His many-sided success was the outcome of high capability both of mind and body, combined with an intense love of life, every hour of which he lived. By his many friends at School and College, and among the boys at his school at Eastbourne—who have written most gratefully of his influence there— his memory will long be cherished as of one who lived and loved his life, but loved honour more. He fell in action while gallantly leading his men to the attack on September 15th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
On the 14th Sept 1916, the battalion moved to Delville Wood in the night and deployed for attack.
On the 15th Sep, at 6.20am (zero), the advance began in conjunction with an intense artillery barrage on the enemy's defences (there had been no preliminary bombardment). The orders were to seize the TEA support trench (reported obliterated) and the 3rd (Switch) line. TEA trench was found to be strongly held and proved to be a serious obstacle. Both here and before the 2nd objective (Switch) the Bt suffered severely. It pushed on in small parties to its final objective (GAP trench) which it captured.
Officers, 1 killed (2nd Lt Rogers), 1 missing, 7 wounded. O.R. 18 killed, 75 missing, 210 wounded. (Unit War Diary).
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1896/1
Son of Henry Sutherland Romer and Emily Romer, Greville House, Harrow, and 118, Hampstead P Way, Golders Green, London. b. 1890.
Lower Shell—Matriculation Class. Minor Scholar. House Prefect.
Guy's Hospital; Private Artists Rifles Planter in Ceylon; afterwards in Java.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 13th Bn. Middlesex Regt.
Only son of Emily Romer, of 118, Hampstead P Way, Golders Green, London, and the late Henry Sutherland Romer. Native of Great Malvern, Worcs. Scholar of Malvern College and Guy's Hospital.
'On leaving School he entered on a medical career at Guy's Hospital, and at the same time joined the Artists' Rifles. Shortly afterwards he accepted the offer of an opening in Ceylon, where he joined the Tea Planter's Corps. From here he was transferred to a responsible post in Java. At the outbreak of war he returned to England and received a commission in the Middlesex Regiment. He died of wounds on May 3rd.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
On 30th April 1916, 24th Division, were holding the line at Wulverghem, south of Ypres, when the Germans launched a gas attack. This was accompanied by heavy rifle and machine gun fire against most of 73 Brigade and 72 Brigade. The 13th Middlesex of 73 Brigade were one of the units in the line when at Wulverghem, south of Ypres, when the Germans launched a gas attack on 30th April 1916 resulting in many casualties, and Guy Romer died as a result 3 days later.
Biography at London war memorial
Son of A. H. Selwyn, 4 Long Lane, E.C. b. 1890.
Upper IV—Matriculation Class.
Engineer; 2nd Lieutenant R.E. Special Reserve 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914 (overseas); Despatch Rider; transferred A.S.C.
'He went to France on August 10th as a Second Lieutenant R.E, Special Reserve, and was put in charge of a body of 48 Motor Cyclist Despatch Riders, After the battle of the Marne, "he and his Despatch Riders were sent for by General Smith-Dorrien and complimented by him on their efficiency in rendering valuable services there as well as in the Retreat from Mons," He was invalided home with a fractured shoulder on Nov, 19th, and while acting as Training Officer at the A.S.C. Mechanical Transport Depot at Grove Park contracted a chill, which developed into pneumonia and caused his death on Jan, 25th.' (Malvernian, March 1915).
Son of sixth Earl of Shannon, b. 1897.
Modern III—Army II.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Royal Fusiliers 1916.
'Born in 1897, Richard Bernard Boyle succeeded his father as Seventh Earl in 1906. He passed through the Royal Military College and received his commission in the Royal Fusiliers in April 1916. His brother, Robert Henry Boyle, who was born in 1900, succeeds to the earldom.
We quote a portion of a letter from his commanding officer: "On the day he was killed I had told him I was recommending him for a Military Cross as an immediate reward for the battle of the 9th April. On this occasion he was the only officer left in his company. He at once took charge of and led it right through until he captured the final objective where he dug in. He showed the most marked courage, coolness, and leadership, in very trying circumstances. I sent him down on the 10th and had his wounds dressed. But as we were so short of officers he came straight back like the gallant little sportsman he was. On the 13th he commanded his company, with one subaltern of twenty five in command. The Regiment had a bad time, and had to go over 2,500 yards of open ground and through three heavy barrages and machine gun fire. Shannon got through all the barrages till the last, when he was hit in the right side by a bullet. He told his men to carry on, when he was again hit by a shell and killed instantly." Shannon was a thorough Irishman, high-spirited, venturesome, and independent. He was one of those boys who are more likely to find scope for the full development of their qualities in later life than at school, for his bent was towards Natural History, sport, and all kinds of machinery, rather than games and ordinary school-work. Entirely fearless, he was certain to make his mark at the war, and no member of his family could have better right to have borne its motto: Spectemtir agendo—"Let us be tested in action."' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Son of Joseph and Bessie Marion Shaw. b. 1897.
Modern III—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. XI Football; Boxing Colours.
Articled to a Solicitor.
Great War, Private 15th Liverpool Regt. 1916, 2nd Lieutenant.
1st/8th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment).
'Called up in May 1916, he served in the ranks for a few months before joining a Cadet Unit. In February 1917 he obtained his commission. He went to the front in April, and was killed in action on July 4th. He was a peculiarly reserved boy. Those, however, who penetrated beneath the surface discovered a strong and interesting character. It was necessary to know him well to realise how deep were his affections, and of what loyalty he was capable.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
'Goldfish Chateau, Ypres. 4th July 1917. Battalion in Brigade reserve. Working parties New Garden St continued. 2nd Lt G A S Shaw killed by shell.' (Unit War Diary).
Service record: WO 339/73406
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2923/1
Born: December 17th 1875. Son of J P.M. Simpson, Thornbury, Beckenham.
Modern III—II. School Prefect. XI Cricket 1893—95 (captain); XXII Football. Lieutenant in Corps.
Husband of Violet A. Gerry (formerly Simpson), of 3, Belle Vue, Sunderland.
Great War, Private R.G.A. 1916; 2nd Lieutenant. "G" Anti-Aircraft Bty. Anzac Sect. Royal Garrison Artillery.
'Strongly-built, full of keenness and vigour, Ernest Simpson threw himself whole-heartedly from the day he came here into every kind of game and athletics. He was in the Cricket XI three years. Captain in the last, and his sound and dogged batting was type of the tenacity of purpose which marked his character as a whole. Combined with this there was a natural unselfishness and enthusiasm which made him the best of companions and friends. After leaving School he was one of the most ardent supporters of the O.M. Football Club and the Cricket Tour, then in their infancy. He also played cricket a few times for Kent. Later the claims of business prevented him giving much time to games. He was killed in action on October 2, 1917.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
On 27th September 1917, he was wounded, from an enemy aeroplane bomb, in the back which penetrated the chest , and died a week later from his wounds on the 2nd October.
Service record:WO 339/63830
Son of James Parker Simpson and Louisa Simpson, Ravensmede, Alnwick, b. 1890.
Lower IV—Modern II. House XI Football.
Great War, Private Public Schools Batt. 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn. attd. 3rd Bn. Royal Fusiliers.
'Second Lieutenant 5th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, attached 3rd Battalion. He was reported as wounded early in June, as wounded and missing on July 13th, but is now stated to have died on May 27 at Isgehem of wounds received near Ypres.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Born: October 20th 1896. Son of Sydney Smith (Stock Broker) and Ethel Angeline Smith (formerly Jacomb), of "Endwood," 18, Grassington Rd., Eastbourne, Sussex, and Warnford Court, E.C.
Middle IV B-Army III. House Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment. 1915.
'At school he was a boy of great pluck and determination. His heart was set on entering the Army, and he would have made an excellent officer.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
He was one of 8 officers killed in his battalion during the first day of the battle of the Somme at Fricourt. There is a detailed account in the unit war diary below.
Service record:WO 339/54050
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2161/2
Son of Mrs. Southwell, Fairfield, Bridgnorth, b. 1887.
Lower IV—Lower Modern II.
Great War (overseas), Private 1914, afterwards 2nd Lieutenant 9th Shropshire Light Infantry.
'Early in the war he enlisted in the Shropshire L.I., and after being promoted Lance-Corporal was given a commission. He went to France with his Battalion, and took part in the fighting in the summer of 1916. On November 13th of that year he was wounded during an attack carried out in thick mist, and later was reported missing. It is now officially notified that he died from wounds on or about that date. A soldier in his Battalion spoke to the writer of this notice in the highest terms of his work as an officer, and especially of his constant anxiety for the well-being of his men. During the three happy, if uneventful, years he passed at Malvern be showed a keen interest in the life of the school—an interest which continued unabated in later years.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
Son of Rev. Robert Stewart, D.D. (Minister of New Greyfriars Parish Church, Edinburgh) and Mrs. Margaret Stewart, 18 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, b. 1885.
Upper IV—Remove. School Prefect.
University College, Oxford, 1908; B.A. (Second Class Jurisprudence) 1911; Edinburgh University; LL.B.
Apprenticed to a firm of Writers to the Signet. In business.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Seaforth Highlanders; resigned (eye-sight); Private Public Schools' Batt; 2nd Lieutenant 7th Bn. attd. 12th Bn. Royal Scots.
'He died at the Duchess of Westminster's Hospital, Le Touquet, on 12th June 1917, of wounds received in action at the Battle of Arrras on 9th April.' (De Ruvigny).
Son of W. C. Stobart, Spellow Hill, Leeds, b. 1892.
Upper Shell—Science Form. House Prefect.
Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Rifle Brigade.
'On leaving School he went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, and met with some success as an oar. When war broke out he was given a Commission in the 6th Reserve Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, was transferred later to the 4th Battalion and accompanied a draft to the front on Feb. 1st. He was killed in action at the retaking of our trenches at St. Eloi on March 15th.' (Malvernian, Apr 1915).
Son of H. Stott, Inglewood, Queen's Road, Oldham, b. 1899.
Modern II—VI. Chance Prize. Hansell German. House Prefect.
Great War, R.F.C.; 2nd Lieutenant 6th West Riding Regt.
'George Stott from the first, though not destined for the army, was impatient to be serving. His service at the Front was short, only a few months; but sufficiently long to show that he was a gallant officer, and a fearless leader. It was while leading his men in the open on Nov. 5th that he was struck by shell splinters. His case was hopeless, and he died at Rouen Military Hospital three days later. Head of Modern Side, winner of the Chance and Hansell prizes, he promised to have a successful career. His sound common sense, and his ability to arrive at sane conclusions caused him to be regarded as a boy whose opinion was worth having. His good nature and instinctive kindliness invited friendships, and these he had in abundance.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
Born 27th August 1894. Son of Colonel Ernest Frederic and Florence Mary Sulivan, Wilmington, Woking.
Middle IV B—Army III.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Royal Munster Fusiliers 1914.
Great War, "B" Coy. 2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers.
'He was at first reported as "missing" during the retreat from Mons; later in October it was ascertained that he had been killed in action at Etreux on August 22nd — his twentieth birthday. His open, loyal nature won him many friends here, and these will be sure that he fell gallantly. "He died," it is said, "most heroically with his men." (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
'He went to France on the 13th August 1914, and was killed in a rear-guard action at Etreux on the 27th August during the retreat from Mons. Buried by the Germans at cross roads, near Etreux, with eight of his brother officers who fell the same day.' (De Ruvigny).
Son of G. W. Taylor, The Red House, Chelmsford, b. 1897.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. President of Athletics; XXII Football; XL Cricket. Cadet Officer.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Essex Regt. 1917.
'Joe Taylor's life was one of splendid progress. He finished his 4.5 years here by being Head of the House for four terms and fourth prefect in the School, he finished his course at Sandhurst by passing out second, and now he has played his part in one of his country's greatest struggles and greatest victories. He truly was a type of those "who soar but never roam," and his unassuming nature, his undaunted perseverance, his generous friendship are an inspiration to cheer those who mourn the loss of an only son and a real friend.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Son of Charles Frederick and Maria Thompson, Churchfield House, West Bromwich, and 109A, Adelaide Rd., Hampstead. b. 1893.
Upper IV B—Modern III.
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant R.F.C.
Killed in action October 16, 1916; D.C.M., Despatches.
'He left School early owing to the claims of business, but in the short time that he was at Malvern, his happy disposition and unassuming character made him a well-liked member of his House. Early in the war he joined the H.A.C. as a Private, and was subsequently promoted Lance-Corporal. In June 1915, after seeing much fighting and being wounded in one of the fiercest engagements of the year, he was awarded the D.C.M. Later he obtained a commission in the R.F.C. Engaged in offensive patrol work he took part in various successful bombing raids over the enemy's lines. From one of these, last October, his machine failed to return. His death was officially reported on March 19th.' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).
Born 12th August 1887. Son of Paul Henry and Edith Mary Twinberrow Thompson, Llanishen, Cardiff.
Upper IV—Matriculation Class.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Somerset L.I. and 1st Bn. Somerset Light Infantry.
'Reginald Paul Thompson was at Malvern from 1902 to 1904. He made many friends at School, and did his best after leaving to keep up the circle, and to remain in touch with Malvern. He was articled to a solicitor in Worcester, and remained in this district till he left to start a practice in Cardiff. On the outbreak of war he joined the Public School Corps as a Private, and was commissioned in May 1915 to the Somerset Light Infantry, then at Plymouth. He acted as musketry instructor till he was transferred to the 1st Battalion in July last, and joined them in France.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
He died at No 10 Casualty Clearing Station from gas poisoning.
Service record:WO 339/48211
Son of J. H. Topham, Morley Hall, Derby, b. 1891.
Middle IV A—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Clare College, Cambridge; B.A. 1913; Indian Army 1913.
Great War, attached Welch Regt.
'On Aug 3rd last he was gazetted to the Indian Army on the nomination of the University. Early in March he proceeded to the front, being posted to the 1st Bn. Welsh Regiment. He died at a clearing station in France on May 25, after being severely wounded in the head on the previous day.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Born 26th Nov 1889. Son of C. Tuff, J.P., Westfield, Singlewell, Gravesend.
Upper IV—Middle V. School Prefect. XI Cricket 1906-08; XI Football.
Brasenose College, Oxford; played Cricket and Association Football v. Cambridge.
Articled to a Solicitor.
Great War (overseas), 2nd Lieutenant East Kent Yeomanry 1914.
Died at Malta of wounds received in Gallipoli, November 5, 1915.
'He obtained a commission in the East Kent Yeomanry, and was sent out with his regiment to the Dardanelles, where he was wounded by a bomb accident, and died while on his way to Malta. The youngest of three Malvernian brothers, he was probably the best known of them all. His brother Cecil was killed in April of this year. A strong, sturdy character and a delightful companion, Noel Tuff was popular wherever he was. There was something so sound and manly about him which could not fail to attract those with whom he came in contact. He died on November 7th.' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
Detailed biography at standrewsgreatryburgh.org.uk
Son of Rev. R. W. Vidal, Bayford Vicarage, Hertford, b. 1887.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. President of Debating Society. President of Athletics. XI Cricket 1905,06; XXII Football; Ledbury Cap.
Exhibitioner and Heath Harrison Exhibitioner, Brasenose College, Oxford ; B.A. (Fourth Class History) 1909.
Assistant Master at Radley College 1909.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Oxford and Bucks L.I. 1914.
3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry (Surname shows as Vidall in the cwgc website.)
'He went to Brasenose with a Heath Harrison Exhibition in 1906, took his degree in 1909, and had been a master at Radley from that time till the war broke out, when he took a commission in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry. He was five months at the front, went through the second battle of Ypres in the spring, and was killed by a shell on Sept. 25th at Givenchy. Full of vigorous life, simple and straightforward, he had a splendid influence over the many friends whom he has left behind him; he had grown steadily in all that goes to make a noble character. (S.R.J.). A friend who was in the School House with him writes: '-To say that he was an athlete, a man of warm affections and wide interests, in fact what is called 'a good fellow,' is to say only half.
Like his School House friend Clegg, who has also been killed in action, Vidal had, besides all that, a strong and purposeful mind. It was this combination that made him a leader among Malvernians."' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
Son of Thomas Walker, (Barrister-at-Law) and Mrs. M.H. Walker, of 1, Chester Gate, Regent's Park, London and Creig-ny-gaie, Lewaigne, Isle of Man. b. 1893.
Lower IV—Modern III.
Aspatria Agricultural College.
Farmer in Canada.
Great War, Trooper King Edward's Horse 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment.
'By his generation here, he will be remembered as an ardent naturalist. He went from School to Aspatria Agricultural College, and then joined his brother Jocelyn for a few years in Canada, returning to England in 1914. He enlisted within the first week of war in the 2nd King Edward's Horse, and was commissioned in the Special Reserve of Officers in January, 1915, and attached to the Bedfordshire Regiment. He proceeded to the front with his battalion in October, and obtained a permanent commission in August 1916. He was killed in an attack on October 12th, and his Captain writes: "We had just entered a trench, and your son had done, as usual, magnificently. He was absolutely unselfish and very brave, and had several times been recommended for his bravery and good works."' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
The commanding officer further wrote 'During the attack we were held up by their machine guns, and your son at once got hold of a rifle and began firing at the Germans, who were about 100 yards from us. He was marked down and shot through the head, and I am so thankful to tell you that death was instantaneous. He has several times been recommended for his bravery and good work.” He was mentioned In Despatches [London Gazette, 4 Jan. 1917] by Genera Sir Douglas Haig, for gallant and distinguished service in the field' (De Ruvigny).
Born 5th June 1896. Son of Dr. Alfred Whalley Waller, M.D., and Violet Sarah Waller, Waldringfield, Stroud.
Middle IV—Science Form. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 14th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.
'T. H. Waller will always be remembered at Malvern for his continual cheerfulness and for always enabling others to share his happiness and pleasures. His sense of duty and his strong character, coupled with his unselfishness and enthusiasm, made him the best of friends and companions. His great popularity was wholly deserved, and is a proof of his unshaken loyalty to his friends.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
There is a Church Window memorial to him at Waldringfield.
Service record:WO 339/32760
Son of Charles Carew Warnington and Fanny Warnington, of 4, Camden Park, Tunbridge Wells, and Elmdene, Tunbridge Wells, b. 1895.
Lower Shell—Matriculation Class. Shooting VIII 1913,14.
Exeter College, Oxford. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). 1914.
'It was in shooting that Warnington more particularly showed his usefulness, and a steady devotion to it was rewarded by his winning the Average Cup in his last year here. But in those who really knew him—and he was a most approachable boy—there lingers a memory of loyal, unselfish friendship and a fervent wish that he may be among the "missing" who will return. He was reported Missing in May, and is now officially presumed killed on May 3rd.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
He was killed in the 3rd battle of the Scarpe along with many other officers and men of his battalion. Zero hour was 3.45 a.m which meant darkness was a difficulty, and the battalion was, during the preceding night in shell holes.Further details of the operation at greatwarforum
Born: December 18th 1897, Mentone, France. Son of Arthur Wellesley-Miller (Chartered Accountant) and Edith Wellesley-Miller (formerly Hamilton), of "Hadley Dene," 24, Bedfordwell Rd., Eastbourne, and Glenlee, Ayrshire.
Lower Modern II—Matriculation Class.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; The Buffs 1915.
Great War, 1st Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
'Wellesley-Miller did not remain long enough at Malvern to reach any great position, but he remains in our memory as one who worked on quietly and well. He was a very quiet boy, inclined to be shy, and was not originally intended for the Army. When war broke out, like every other Public School Boy, he took the earliest opportunity of getting a commission. He was gazetted to the Buffs in 1915, and went to the front last May. He fell on September 15th, while leading his men to the attack.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
'He was my platoon commander; Pte. Edwards in No 5 platoon told me that he saw Mr Miller fall close to him just in front of Loos Wood about 6.30am on the 15th September. I was Prisoners Guard at the time, but made particular enquiries about Mr Miller as we were all very fond of him. There seems no doubt that he was killed.' (Corporal Tritton, 20 General Hospital, Etaples, 27th Sep 1916).
Service record:WO 339/45404
Born April 8th 1881. Son of Charles Henry and Mary Elizabeth Weston, of "Somerville," St. John's Park, Ryde, Isle of Wight., and Bath.
Lower IV—Lower V.
King's College, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class History Tripos) 1904; with Cambridge Settlement and the London Charity Organization Society.
Great War, Private 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 16th Bn. London Regiment (Queen's Westminster Rifles) 1916.
'At the outbreak of war he was in the office of the Charity Organization Society. Enlisting in the Queen's Westminster Rifles, he was given a commission, but had only been a short time at the front when he was wounded on May 21st, and succumbed on June 6th. He was one of those quiet lovable boys who live uneventful lives at school, and wait for things to happen before they show their metal afterwards. The following account, taken from The Times bears this out:— "He was one of the university men led to take up the assistance of persons in distress as their life work by their experience of work under Mr. Walter Long's Committee on the Unemployed, 1904-5. In 1905 Mr. Weston entered the service of the Charity Organization Society, and took charge of their work in the large district of Wandsworth. From that date until he left to join the Army in May, 1916, his devotion to the service of his neighbours, and his personal charm and exceptional ability, made him a leader in all voluntary effort for ameliorating the condition of the less fortunate, young and old, in that district. He was instrumental in starting branches of the Invalid Children's Aid Association and Skilled Employment Association; he was chairman of the Old-Age Pensions Committee; he helped to start Parochial Relief Committees at St. Mary's, Putney, and St. Anne's, Wandsworth. He also took a very active part in the work of the Prince of Wales's Relief Fund, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association, the Soldiers' and Sailors' Help Society, and the War Savings campaign. His relations with official bodies—borough councils, Poor Law guardians, school care committees—were of the most cordial character.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
He died of wounds at No 45 Casualty Clearing Station.
He is commemorated on the family grave at Walcot Cemetery, Lansdown Road, Bath.
Service record:WO 374/73279
Unit War Diary: WO 329/3272
Son of J. D. Willmot, Blyth Cottage, Coleshill, Birmingham, b. 1898.
Middle IV—Army II. School Prefect. Head of House.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant K.R.R.C.
'The following details are taken from a letter written by his Major: "He was in charge of a part of our front-line posts, and the Boche put in a strong raid against the Pill Box which was his headquarters. With his Platoon he fought a little Waterloo entirely on his own, with the consequence that the Boche was absolutely defeated in an extraordinary smart little action. In going from the Pill Box to one of his posts, in order to supervise his defence, he was killed instantaneously by a bullet." When his Major also describes him "with a broad grin on his face, and extremely happy with life in general," we realise that Robert showed the same cheerfulness and imperturbability in times of critical danger as he showed all through his schooldays here. His elder brother was killed in July 1915, and we offer our most sincere sympathy to the parents in the loss of both their sons.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
Son of A. P. Wood, Whitefold, Hale. Cheshire, b. 1899.
Middle IV A—Lower Modern II.
Afterwards at Bowdon College; R.M.C. Sandhurst; Lancashire Fusiliers 1918.
'During the all too short period he was a member of the School, he won the affection of many in the House. He left School long before his time, owing to illness, and his departure was regretted by all. He was a boy of distinct promise, and his early end on the battle-field, fighting for his country, cut short the life of one who had more than an ordinary future before him. He had only been a few days at the front when he met his death while leading his platoon over the top at dawn on November 1st. His commanding officer wrote of him as being a most promising officer, possessed of great personal bravery.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
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