The following is a list with biographies of the 459 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War. Altogether 2,833 are known to have served. There is also a corresponding page commemorating the 248 casualties in the Second World War.
There was not a month from August 1914 to November 1918 that an Old Malvernian did not become a casualty, with 6 killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915 and 13 killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.
The vast majority of casualties occurred in France and Belgium with 31 names recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres, and 23 at Thiepval. There were also 23 casualties in Turkey due to the Gallipoli Campaign, and 16 in Iraq, including 2 near Kut.
They were in a wide range of regiments including 26 in the Royal Field Artillery, 13 in the Royal Engineers, 12 in the Worcestershire Regt, 11 in the Canadian Inf, 11 in the East Kent Regt (The Buffs), and 5 in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force.
Most were officers with 133 Captains, 126 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
29 received the MC, 10 the DSO and 1 the DCM, as well as 3 knighthoods (the CB, CMG, and MVO).
The information below is based primarily on the memorial books held at Malvern College which Ian Quickfall, and now Paul Godsland, the Malvernian Society archivists, have arranged to be digitised with the official memorial web site still in development.
Further information was also obtained from 'The Malvern College Register 1865-1924' edited by H.G.C Salmon, 'The Malvernian' school magazine, 'A History of Malvern College 1865 to 1965' by Ralph Blumenau, and 'Malvern College: A 150th Anniversary Portrait' by Roy Allen.
Information was also obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, the Unit War Diaries and Service Records held at the National Archives in Kew, and various online commemorative websites whose links have been provided.
The main battles have tried to be identified in which Old Malvernians died in. Many though were killed in the general attrition of Trench Warfare which is so vividly described in the book 'Nothing of Importance' by Bernard Adams.
Below is a map showing the locations of the 246 cemeteries where Old Malvernians are buried or commemorated in. The markers are coloured yellow for one casualty, orange for between 2 and 9, and red for 10 or more. The name of the cemetery and number of casualties can be seen by hovering over the marker, and the list of names seen by clicking on the marker. Their full biographies and pictures can be seen by clicking on 'Further Info'.
The records can be filtered and/or sorted by name, house, age, regiment, battle, date, place etc by clicking on the appropriate drop down box and then the 'Search' button below the map. The original memorial book entry can be seen by clicking on the person's picture.
Son of Harold John and Georgina Adams, of St. John's, Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham, Kent.
Upper V—VI. House Scholar. Lea Shakespeare; Greek Prose; Latin Essay; Beauchamp Divinity; Ingleby Prize; Leaving Scholarship. School Prefect. Head of House.
Scholar, St. John's College, Cambridge; B.A. (First Class Class. Tripos Part I) 1912; Third Class Economics Tripos Part II 1913; Browne's Medals for Latin Ode 1911; Greek Epigram 1911,12.
Assistant to Educational Adviser and Warden of House for Indian Students in London.
1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
'He joined up as Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers in November, 1914, and was out at the front, acting latterly as temporary Captain from October 1915 to June 1916, when he was wounded and came home. He returned to the Front only last February, and died of wounds received on the 27th. Seriousness of purpose, a strong sense of duty, unselfishness and a charming modesty concerning his achievements were marked characteristics of Bernard Adams and won for him the respect and affection of those who came in contact with him. His blameless record, high ideals and thorough loyalty could not fail to influence those among whom he lived, and his House, especially, owes very much to him. At Cambridge he threw himself eagerly and with the keenest enjoyment into all that is best in 'Varsity life. A College friend wrote of him: "Bernard will always be an inspiration to me, connected with the purest and highest ideals a man can have." As regards his work among Indian Students his Chief (Dr. T. W. Arnold, CLE.) writes : "He had endeared himself to all of us at 21 Cromwell Road, and I shall always remember with gratitude the years during which I was associated with him in a work he had so much at heart. It was not an easy task . . . . And his sense of duty carried him through and helped to encourage his colleagues." A fellow officer, writing of the action in which Adams fell, after mentioning acts of self-denial and thoughtfulness for others, says: "Of one thing I am fully convinced, and that is that the success of the attack was mainly due to his glorious bravery. It was great, and his deeds and bravery were to me a great tonic, and therefore must have been the same to all who saw them I shall never forget his magnificent bravery."' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).
During his convalescence in the second half of 1916, he wrote about his experiences in the trenches in a very detailed and vivid manner in the book 'Nothing of importance'. It can be read online here
He returned to the front in January 1917 and a few weeks later he was severely wounded leading his men in an attack on Serre on the 26th February and died the following day in hospital. His fellow officers included 2nd Lieutenant Siegrfried Sassoon who according to the Unit War Diary was 'struck off' on the same day. Siegrfried Sassoon while at Craiglockart Hospital gave Wilfred Owen his annotated copy of 'Nothing of Importance' when he heard that Owen was going back to the front in October 1917. The book is now in the 'Wilfred Owen Collection' at the Weston Library, part of the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. Sassoon wrote on the fly leaf that he is referred to as Scott in the book.The full annotations made by Siegrfried Sassoon can be seen here
The Daily Telegraph wrote the following review of the book: "With exemplary modesty the title of this book completely belies its contents. So far from containing "nothing of importance," it will rank, beyond question, among the most significant records which the war has produced. For it is a work of the rarest vividness and distinction; and at every turn it is marked by a radiantly sincere determination to tell the truth about things which have generally been grossly distorted by sentiment and cant. Nothing more real or more poignant has been written about the war, while a quiet sense of humour, playing over the narrative, continually keeps the writer upon the safe side of exaggeration. This is a book that all stay-at-homes should read with deliberation; its success among the active combatants is assured from the outset. For they alone are in a position to appreciate its clarity and truth ."
Biography at livesofthefirstworldwar and at forgottenpoetsofww1 and at back of his book.
Service record:WO 339/14873
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1665/1
Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Adamson, of Kirkhill, Northumberland;husband of Georgiana Adamson, of The Quest, Ponteland, Northumberland.
Middle IV—Army II. House Prefect. XXII Football.
Captain 6th Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers (T.F.) 1912; resigned 1913.
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; Captain 11th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers .
'On leaving School he went as a pupil to The Hon. Sir Charles Parson's Electrical Engineering Works in Newcastle-on-Tyne, and at the same time joined the 6th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers (Territorials), and left as Captain after about three years' service. He then went to London to work for the firm. He enlisted in the H.A.C. at the outbreak of war, and was given a commission in the N.F. in October 1914. He was sent to France in August 1916, to join his Battalion. He fell leading his men in the attack on September 20th. He married Georgiana, daughter of the late Canon Walker, of Whalton, on October 31st, 1914.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Service Record:WO 339/20316
Medal Card: WO 372/1/20315.
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2182/4 (1915 Aug - 1917 Oct).
Son of Edith Ann Anson, and the late Col. George Hamilton Anson,Speen, Newbury, b. 1883.
Lower Modern III—Lower Modern II.
4th Sherwood Foresters (Reserve Batt.); Captain 1907.
2nd Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
'A boy of peculiar charm, he displayed in his military career all those qualities which had made him universally popular at Malvern. He joined the Sherwood Foresters, obtaining his captaincy in 1907. He was posted Missing after the Battle of Ennetieres (October 29th, 1914), afterwards reported as a prisoner of war in Germany, and is now presumed to have been killed.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Medal Card: WO 372/1/100410.
Son of Henry and Georgina Appleton, Rawden Hill, Arthington, Leeds. B. 1875.
Served with the 4th West Yorkshire Militia in the South African War 1900-02, Queen’s Medal with 3 Clasps. King’s Medal with 2 Clasps;
6th Dragoon Guards 1905; Captain, 1st Dragoon Guards, 1908.
Great War. A.P.M. Ulster Division; Major Yeomanry; invalided 1917.
1st (King's) Dragoon Guards.
'He was at School an active and popular member of his House, and afterwards proved himself a good soldier, devoted to his profession, and a comrade whose worth was deeply appreciated by those with whom he served. He joined the 4th West Yorkshire Militia, and with them went to South Africa in 1900, as Captain. For operations in Cape Colony, Orange River Colony, and the Transvaal he was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps and the King's Medal with two clasps. While still in South Africa he was given a commission in the Inniskilling Dragoons. In 1906 he accepted a Captaincy in the King's Dragoon Guards, then stationed in India. In 1912 he was appointed Adjutant in the Calcutta Light Horse. On the outbreak of the European War he served in France as A.P.M. in the Ulster Division, and went through the fighting in the summer of 1916. Later he served on the Eastern front as second in command of a regiment of Yeomanry, with the rank of Acting Major. In April 1917 he was invalided home and attached to the Reserve Guards at Aldershot. Here he died of pneumonia, in his 43rd year, on Jan. 26th, 1918.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
Born June 9th, 1899. Son of D. Asbury (Captain P&O), Shorefield, Maze Hill Road, Blackheath and Merivale, Chase Ridings, Enfield.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Form.
'He was a boy of adventurous spirit, well fitted by his temperament and his technical knowledge for service in the R.A.F., in which he was given a commission last year. For six months he was employed as an Instructor, after which he applied for active service abroad, and was sent to France in April 1918. On September 24th his detachment had carried out successfully some important work, when on the return the twelve machines composing it were attacked by an overwhelming force of fifty aeroplanes. Asbury's machine was last seen going down under control. He was at first reported as missing, but it was subsequently ascertained that he and his observer had been killed. His C.O., in a letter to his parents, says: "Your son has done wonderful work with his squadron, and his fine leadership and his cheeriness are sadly missed." ' (Malvernian, Feb 1919)
Aircraft DH 9 serial E8869 missing from operations on Aulnoye 24/9/18 - last seen in combat. The Pilot Cpt E.D. Asbury and Observer 2/Lt B.T. Gillman were both killed.
"As" britannique de la WW1, 5 victoires aériennes partagées avec ses observateurs-mitrailleurs au sein du 49 Sqn du RFC, toutes obtenues sur D.H.9, est tué au combat à bord de son D.H.9 matricule E8869 au dessus de la forêt de Mormal, dans le département du Nord.Crash-aerien
Service record:AIR 76/12/17 and AIR 79/771/85242
Born 29th April 1891, Boveney, Thornlow Rd, West Norwood. Father: Edward Charles Bambridge. Mother: Kathleen Sylvia Bailey, 121 North Side, Clapham Common.
Lower Shell—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. XXII Cricket; XL Football; Ledbury Cap.
In the London Office of the High Commissioner for the Union of South Africa.
10th Bn. Royal Fusiliers. DSO, MC and Bar, MM
'Rupert Bambridge joined the ranks of the Royal Fusiliers, and went to France in the following July. He was wounded in January 1916, and three months later commissioned. He was again wounded in the Somme battle, in which he won the M.C. To this decoration he added a Bar in the autumn of 1917. Last March he was awarded the D.S.O. for his leadership, skill, and energy in organising the counter-attack which completely established the position. Four honours are a great record, and yet an Officer in his regiment writes: "They do not do him sufficient justice." The sterner life of active service served to develop in a wider sphere the qualities which characterised him at School. His energy, fearlessness, strong sense of duty, and complete appreciation of his responsibilities as Prefect and Head of his House, will be readily recalled by those who knew him as a boy. Letters from brother officers bear witness to the same qualities. "He was the perfect type of regimental officer," writes his C.O., "brave and fearless, full of energy and zeal, loved by his men and officers. He was absolutely reliable, and I never knew him fail in any task that he was given to do. I always felt confident, when he had the job in hand, that the work would be carried out." Another officer records how on several occasions, when under a heavy bombardment, he displayed magnificent courage in looking after his men. He was the eldest of the three brothers, who won for themselves in no small degree the regard and respect of all who knew them. All three have served, and two have fallen in the service of their country'. (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
Home: 29.8.1914 - 29.7.1915.
BEF: 30.7.1915 - 18.3.1916.
Wounded right hand and right thigh 18.1.1916. Awarded the 'Military Medal'.
On 19.12.1916 wounded by a piece of shell in right arm. He had recovered by 25.3.1917.
1.6.1917 Posted to 10 R F. Joined in the field.
29.6.1917 To command B Coy.
3.12.1917 Awarded Bar to Military Cross.
Died of wounds received in action (Gas).
Bar to MC Citation: 'He organised and consolidated his position and established a line of posts under a heavy shell and machine-gun fire. Later in an attack, when the advance was held up by machine-gun fire, he went forward from the support line and reconnoitred the situation. He set a fine example to his men.'
DSO Citation: 'He was ordered to lead his company in a counter-attack against the enemy who had gained a footing in part of the front line. The night was very dark, and the exact position of the enemy was unknown, but he led his men to the best position of assembly, and after a personal reconnaissance launched a counter-attack. This attack being only partially successful, he quickly organised another, which drove the enemy back a considerable distance. At dawn he launched a third attack, drove the enemy out, and completely re-established the original position. The success of the operation was largely due to his splendid leadership, skill, and energy.'
Next of kin: Edward Charles Bambridge, The Elms, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon.
Service record:WO 339/58491
Medal card:WO 372/1/214277
Son of Captain H. F. D. Barclay, Weston-super-Mare. b. 1877.
Great War, and Lieutenant Somerset L.I. 1914; Captain R.A.F.
Born: 14th November 1894, Dene Wood, 33 Daleham Gardens, Hampstead. Father Managing director of a Public Company.
Son of Colonel A. S. Barham and Annie Gertrude Barham formerly Edwards, Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent.
Middle IV A—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. Shooting VIII 1912,13.
Went to Clare College, Cambridge. Lived at 5 Green Street, Cambridge.
Applied for Commission in May 1914 in 3rd Btn, East Kents (The Buffs).
Attached to 1st Bn, The Buffs.
'During November 1914 he was transferred to the 1st Batt. In France, and was subsequently promoted Captain, His Colonel writing of him says: "He is the greatest loss to his regiment. He was only a boy, and yet he possessed the reliance and assurance of men twice his age. When I decided to place him in command of his Company with subalterns under him ten or even fifteen years older than he, I was much impressed by the way in which he came to the fore and accepted his responsibilities. He commanded his Company in a way that proved that he was a commander of exceptional merit. He was thoroughly reliable and dependable in every respect, and full of sound common sense. He was always cheerful, and did his best to impart his high spirit to those under him." He died of wounds in France on October 10th, aged 21.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
The Wilfred Barham Exhibition was founded in his memory.
Born 28th June 1883. Son of H. Barlow, Goldthorn Hill, Wolverhampton, b. 1883.
Modern III—Matriculation Class.
Great War, Private Public Schools Batt. 1914.
8th Btn Staffordshire regiment.
'Captain Osborn Barlow, who died of wounds, in France, on April 17th, enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion, and went to France in the autumn of 1915 as a Private. He received his commission in the South Staffordshire Regiment at the beginning of 1917, and in July of that year he was gazetted Captain and was awarded the Military Cross. He had been three times wounded.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Military Cross Citation:
'He commanded his platoon which was held up by enemy wire. Despite a galling fire from machine guns, he walked up and down urging and directing his men. He remained at duty though wounded in both arms.'
12.10.1917. Houthurst Wood. A bullet passed through the soft parts of left forearm between the bones. No injury to bones, vessels or nerves. The wound has healed. (8th Nov 1917).
Next of kin: H. M. Barlow (Brother), 32 Scholars Road, Balham, SW12
Ref: Service Record:WO 339/67028
Date of birth: 21.6.1875. Son of T. Barnett, Nyton House, Chichester. b. 1875.
St. John’s College, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Natural Science Tripos) 1896; MB., B.C., 1902; St. George’s Hospital; M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 1901; D.P.H. R.C.P.S. Lond. 1903; Inspector Public Health Department, Cairo, 1905—07; Medical Officer of Health, Hong Kong; Solicitor 1909; Medical Officer of Health, Isle of Ely.
Great War, Captain A.S.
Appointed Captain 18.1.1915
'Suicide whilst of unsound mind'.
A newspaper account stated that he suffered from varicose veins, which had not been cured by an operation, leading to insomnia due to severe pain. He was also very worried about being able to carry out his duties. He was found hanged early on Sunday morning.
He had previously been a Medical Health Officer in Cambridge, Hong Kong and Egypt.
Grantees of Will: Rev Arthur Thomas Barnett and Harold Thomas Barnett.(Brothers of deceased).
Service Record: National Archives Ref:WO 339/19776
Son of A. L. Barwell, The Tower, Ascot, b. 1895.
Upper IV B—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Great War, Private Queen's Westminster Rifles ;
16th Bn London Regiment & RFC.
'A boy of sound principle, earnestness of character, and strong common sense, he did excellent service in his house, in which he was very popular. He was about to enter Pembroke College, Cambridge, when at the beginning of the war he enlisted in the Queen's Westminster Rifles, in which after a few weeks he received a commission. He served with his Battalion in France from November, 1914, until August, 1915, when he returned home on sick leave. In 1916 he was again at the front from April until he was, in September, slightly wounded. In January, 1917, he joined the R.F.C., and gaining his Pilot's certificate in April, proceeded at once to the front. He had been promoted Lieutenant in April, 1915, and Captain in July 1916. On April 29th he was sent out on a reconnaissance, from which he did not return. Later it was discovered through evidence of German prisoners that he had, single-handed, engaged five or six German planes in a fight which lasted a full half-hour, and was watched by enemy troops in the neighbourhood with intense admiration for the courage of the Englishman, who again and again attacked his opponents. He appears to have brought his machine to within a few feet of the ground when he expired, his machine crashing. He was buried by the enemy with military honours. His Squadron Commander writing of his last action says: "It was one of the bravest deeds I have ever heard of, and it shows that the Royal Flying Corps has lost a very gallant officer. We miss him awfully in the Squadron both as a Pilot and in the mess. Although he had been with us a very short time, he was very popular indeed, and was already a very good Pilot and showed signs of becoming a brilliant one. He died one of the finest deaths in quite the finest way." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Wounded in Sep 1916.
Report of medical board 20th Sep 1916:
Service: 25 months
Disability: 'wound of knee'
'This officer is suffering from injury detailed on form A45a attached. In addition he is suffering from exhaustion neurosis brought on by 15 months continuous & arduous active service. At Gommecourt on July 21st his battalion was wiped out, only 150 men remaining after an attack on the German trenches. He has been suffering from diarrhoea, palpitations, headaches, exhaustion, dyspepsia, & insomnia & is subject at times to attacks of nervousness.'
'The board find that this officer fell in a front line trench & sustained a slight abrasion of the knee which has now healed. He is suffering from exhaustion nervosis as detailed in a45 attached'.
Dec 30th 1916. Wound of the left knee is now completely healed.
Missing 29.4.1917. Next of Kin: A. L. Barwell, The Tower, Ascot, Bucks.
Extract from GHQ 109s: 'Information has been received from a German message dropped into our lines that the above named officer was killed'.
Officer was shot down flying Nieuport single seater Scout A/6745 near Beaumont west of Douia.
'April 29th, about 7pm a British bi-plane engaged 5 or 6 German planes near Beaumont in the direction of Henin Lietard. The combat lasted a full half hour.'
Service Record:WO 374/4529
Born July 6th 1894. Son of Sir James Bell, Hill Place, Farnham Royal, Bucks.
Middle IV—Middle Shell.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914.
Address: Hill Place, Farnham Royal, Bucks.
'Never a boy of very robust health, J. C. A. Bell was always a "trier." His determination of character was shown by his persistent and finally successful efforts to get passed for service, and he did right well as a soldier. At school he was prevented by physical causes from distinguishing himself, but he had a good deal of quiet influence, and left a blameless record behind him.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Embarked: 10th Sept 1915.
To England: 24th July 1916. Myalgia from kick by horse on July 17th 1916. He was exercising his horse which fell when jumping a wall, rolled over, & kicked him in the back of right hip.
Embarked: 24th May 1917.
Wounded: 7th Aug 1917 and 18th May 1918.
Next of kin: Sir James Bell (Father), 4 Queens Gardens, Osborne Road, Windsor.
Service record:WO 374/6145
Born: 27 Dec 1884, Poonah, Bombay, India. Son of Col. Edward Hugh Bethell, of 18, Hyde Park Square, London, W.2., and the late Mrs. Bethell.
Upper IV—Middle V. Minor Scholar.
Trinity College, Cambridge; Jun. Opt. 1907; B.A., LL.B. (Second Class Law Tripos, Part II) 1908; President of the Cambridge Union Society 1908; Barrister, Inner Temple, 1909; worked for many years at Cambridge House, Camberwell.
Applied on 15 Aug 1914. Private Coldstream Guards 1914.
10th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Mentioned in Despatches.
'He was a boy of considerable ability with tastes out of the common. His health prevented him from gaining any prominence in out-of-door pursuits, but his quick humour and merry disposition gained him many friends. After a not undistinguished career at Cambridge, he was called to the Bar, but devoted all his energies to philanthropic work at Cambridge House, Camberwell, for some years. On the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Coldstream Guards, and finished a three months' recruits course; he then accepted a commission in the 10th Yorkshire Light Infantry, and was promoted Captain last August before the Battalion embarked. He was killed in Flanders on February 20th.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
Service record:WO 339/18086
Son of George and Ellen Maud Bickham. Born at Alderley Edge, Manchester.
Middle V—Upper V. House Scholar. Gymnasium Team.
East Indian Shipping.
133rd East Cheshire Heavy Battery R.G.A.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Address: Hill View, Alderley Edge, Cheshire formerly of 8 Great Marlborough St, Manchester.
Died at Lyndhurst, Altrincham.
Brother: Walter Saxon Bickham.
Sister: Miss Bickham, 33 Bath Lane, Newcastle on Tyne.
Service record:WO 339/48261
Son of Mrs A.D. Blackader of 236, Mountain Street, Montreal. Husband of Kathleen Blackader, of 242, Sherbrooke Street, West Montreal.
Middle IV—Lower Shell.
McGill College, Montreal; B. Arch.; studied in Paris.
5th Royal Highlanders, Canada, 1912, 42nd Bn. Canadian Infantry.
'Gordon Blackader was a fine big quiet lad when he came to Malvern from Canada. Unfortunately he only remained here for a year, but during that time he won the respect and liking of all. He returned to Canada in 1901, and was, at the time when war broke out, a successful and rising architect. He joined the Canadian Infantry (affiliated to the Black Watch), in which he was, at the time of his death, a Company Commander. He leaves a widow and a daughter.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Canadian virtual war memorial Biography at dictionary of architects in Canada
Son of George Farncombe Blake and Mary Elizabeth Blake, of King's Heath, Birmingham.
Shell B—Mathematical VI. Minor Scholar. Dowdeswell Prize.
Leaving Scholarship. Senior Chapel Prefect. President of Debating Society. XXII Football; House XI Cricket; Ledbury Cap; Lieutenant in Corps.
Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. (Sen. Opt.) 1901; Assistant Master at Merchiston Castle School 1902-05; Bradfield College 1905; Captain Cadet Corps.
10th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
'As soon as hostilities commenced he was offered a commission in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, which he accepted, and went out to the front in September 1915. He was wounded in February, and killed in action, July 21st.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Biography at Moseley Society
Born 21st October 1893, Manor House, Wilnscote, Warwick. Son of Rev. James Edward Huxley Blake and Beatrice Harriet Blake (formerly Milward), of 4, College Yard, Worcester and The Lees, Malvern. Sister: Beatrice Elizabeth Blake, Bretforton Vicarage, Honeybourne, Worcestershire.
Modern III—I. House Prefect. Head of House.
Address: The Lees, Malvern.
8th Bn. attd. 14th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, Twice Mentioned in Despatches.
'James Blake was a boy of more than ordinary capacity. He soon made his way to the top of the Modern Side, and became Head of his House. The profession he chose, that of an architect, was one eminently adapted to bring out his considerable artistic gifts. He was doing good work when the call to arms came in 1914. He joined the 8th Worcesters, soon obtained a commission, and took part in some of the hardest fighting on the Western Front. Two mentions in despatches and the testimony of his superior officers, prove that he possessed not merely ability and determination, but also powers of leadership of a high order.' (Malvernian, Apr 1919).
6 Jan 1915. Corporal James Robert Blake to be Second Lieutenant.
13.9.1916. Medical Board: 'He has been in France for 17 months. He contracted measles on 13/8/16 and this was followed by laryngitis and pneumonia. He was admitted to hospital on 7/9/16.'
Missing at Courcelette.
Remember the fallen
Service Record:WO 374/7021
Born 13 March 1890. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Eustace Blake, 6 Queen's Gate Place, S.W, and Groton House, Boxford, Suffolk and Hillside Cottage, Steeple Aston, Oxon and Fairlawn, Maskeliya, Ceylon.
Army III—I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Experience: Ceylon Platers Rifle Corps & Malvern College Cadet Corps.
Became a Tea Planter in Ceylon and came home to join in the early days of the War.
8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment.
'In his school-days Norman Blake gave every promise of being useful to his country when he grew up, and when the demand for service came he readily answered the call. He did not proceed to Sandhurst from Malvern, as he had originally intended to do, but went out to Ceylon as a tea-planter, and was well established there when war broke out. He then returned to England and obtained a commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment. He went to the front in October 1915, and was wounded in March 1916. He re-joined his regiment in May last. He fell in action, on one of the early days of July, whilst he was most gallantly leading his company. The high estimate formed of his character when he was here has been amply confirmed by the subsequent events of the life which he has given for his country.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Service record:WO 339/40971
Born: 8th November 1891 at 2 Hayes Lane, Bromley, Kent.
Son of Arthur Boosey (Music Publisher) and Lucy Ashton Boosey formerly Whitehead, of "The Cedars," Bromley Common, Bromley, Kent.
2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Lower Modern II—Modern I. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Cricket. Cadet Officer.
Became 2nd Lieutenant on 15th March 1913. 22nd Bn. London Regiment.
'Duty first, self last, briefly expresses his character. He was full of life with high ideals, and he had a great sense of humour. He was not cut out for a soldier, being essentially a man of peace; but when the call sounded, and he thought it was his duty to respond, he did so at once.
A fellow officer, an O.M., wrote of his death: "He and his brother Leslie and I worked together in the same company all through the war, and I think Noel had the most charming personality of anyone I ever met, besides being a most excellent officer. He was quite the most popular officer in the Battalion, and always went about the most unpleasant and dangerous jobs in the most cheerful way. The men all loved him. I think we would all have lost anyone rather than him." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Brother: Captain N. W. Boosey 22nd London Regiment was handed the personal possessions.
Service record:WO 374/7603
Only son of Francis Briggs, of Huntington, Haddington, East Lothian.
Modern II —Upper Modern I. House Prefect. Shooting VIII; House XI Football; Ledbury Cap.
Went to Clare College, Cambridge in 1896.
Royal Scots Fusiliers 1899; Captain 1905; South African War 1899-1902, taking part in the relief of Ladysmith and the battle of Colenso; Queen's Medal with 4 Clasps, King's Medal with 2 Clasps.
1st Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. Mentioned in Despatches.
'He was first reported as missing, but subsequently as having been killed in action; he was mentioned in the despatches of Sir John French of Oct. 19th.
One who knew him well writes: "He wrote to me pretty regularly for several years. His letters were always delightfully natural and fresh, and he was never disheartened by any contretemps; indeed the cheery way in which he took disappointments or reverses always struck me, and was one of his attractive features. He was so keen and full of life and vigour—absolutely free of "side", plucky and true as steel.' (Malvernian, Nov 1914)
Book: Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students …, Volume 2
Son of Marion Annie Brockbank, of "Ulverscroft," 19, Adelaide Terrace, Waterloo, Liverpool, and the late R. M. Henry Brockbank.
Middle IV—Lower V.
In business in Karachi, India, 1906-11.
Partner in William Porter & Co., Liverpool.
Became a partner in his father's firm of African produce merchants.
He enlisted in 1914, became a Captain in March 1916, and was in command of 1 Company, 18th Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment).
'Norman Brockbank was a thoroughly good boy at school; steady, trustworthy, loyal. All his subsequent career has borne out the hopes of his friends, and his ready answer to his country's call was of a piece with his previous record.—S.R.J. After leaving school, he spent five years in business in India, returning afterwards to Liverpool, where he became a partner in the firm of W. Porter and Co., African produce merchants. At the outbreak of the war he trained with the 2nd City Battalion of the Liverpool Regiment. ' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
On the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he led his men into action. He was shot twice by a machine gun and died. It was his 32nd birthday.
After being hit, he refused to seek shelter and asked to remain in the open so that he could continue to cheer on his men.
He was heard shouting "go on, number one" - a memory that stayed with the men of his company.
Biography at BBC
Son of Edward and Katharine L. Brocklehurst, of Kinnersley Manor, Reigate, Surrey. b. 1886.
Upper IV—Lower VI.
Trinity Hall, Cambridge; B.A. (First Class Law Tripos Pt. I.) 1907; Second Class Law Tripos Pt. II. 1908; LL.B. 1908.
Joined the 28th Btn London Regiment as a Private and embarked to France on 24th October 1914. Left on 25th May 1915 to be a 2nd Lieut posted to 2nd Bn Royal West Surrey Rgt.
Promoted to Captain on 20th August 1915.
Wounded in action on 25th September 1915. Sustained a shell wound of the right buttock, the fragment still remaining. An unsuccessful attempt was made at removal on October 5th 1915.
Rejoined Btn in the Field on 15th February 1916.
Killed near Mametz. Buried on the Mametx-Montarcon Road, 1/2 mile N E of Mametz and 2 miles North West of Mancourt.
'He will be remembered by his contemporaries at School as the possessor of a delightful treble voice and as a pianist of unusual merit. There was a remarkable solidity about his character combined with much personal charm, and the seriousness of purpose which he showed at all times gave high promise for the future. It is no surprise to those who knew him that he has gallantly made the supreme sacrifice.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Biography - Surrey in the Geat War
Service record:WO 339/804
Born 22nd April 1896. Son of Bertram and Kathleen Browning, of "Rutleigh," 46, Furze Lane, Purley, Surrey.
Lower IV—Modern II. House Prefect. XXII Football.
41st Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps.
'Stanley Browning was a plucky football player, and well liked by his contemporaries in the School House. He showed some independence of character and capacity for leadership, and the Flying Corps was just the career for him. He was killed in action, while flying, on May 3rd.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
He was attacked by a number of German Jastas while on patrol and was killed in an FE8 (A4873).
Biography at purleyandthegreatwar
Elder son of Frederick Shore Bullock (Indian Civil Service) and Alexandrina Margaret Bullock, b. 1889.
Lower V—VI—Army Side. Minor Scholar. School Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; attached to South Wales Borderers 1907.
Indian Army (27th Punjabis) 1908; Captain 1916.
Persian Interpreter to Government of India 1913.
'On the outbreak of war he served on the Staff in Egypt and with his regiment in France, and later again with his regiment in part of the Kut Relief Force in Mesopotamia, where he fell on April 17th, 1916, while gallantly leading his men. As a school boy he was universally liked and respected, and no more loyal Malvernian lived than he. His tastes seemed so entirely literary that it was a surprise to his friends to hear that he was adopting the Army as a profession. It is doubtful whether his heart was ever in military work. Indeed he had already decided to take up the political side of our administration in India, for which his natural aptitude for languages and his intense interest in Indian and Eastern problems would seem to have well qualified him, but was recalled to his regiment on the outbreak of war. Many will remember his exciting experiences a few years ago on the occasion of his leading an embassy to Ispahan, how he was attacked by bandits, and his escort shot down, and how after thrilling adventures he finally reached his destination. The incident created considerable stir in the press, and, we doubt not, at our India Office. To a striking charm of manner he added a keen intelligence which would have carried him far in the public service. It would not have been difficult to predict for him a life of very considerable distinction. He had specialised, if one may so put it, in the politics of Persia—that derelict among nations—in so far as they affected our Eastern Empire, and his correspondence was of the utmost interest, revealing, as it did, the deep study of a keen mind, and not a little originality of conception.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Gravestone memorial at Brompton Cemetery
Born October 8th 1894. Son of Sidney Edward Percy and Ethel Cade, of Titchfield, Fareham, Hants.
Upper IV B—Science I. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Football; House XI Cricket. Cadet Officer.
Matriculated from University of London in 1913.
11th Bn. Hampshire Regiment.
'Darrel Cade was about to join London University when war broke out. In September 1914, he was gazetted to a commission in the Hampshire Regiment, and was promoted Lieutenant in the July. His name appeared in The Gazette, as Captain (to date from January) on September 12th, one week after he was killed. His Company Commander wrote of him: "He did not know what fear was, I have never seen him in the slightest degree perturbed in any circumstances." His Colonel described him as one of the best of his young officers, adding that he was a universal favourite with the officers and with the men. What Darrel Cade was as a soldier, that he was as a boy and prefect. Behind a gentleman there was real strength. The high sense of duty, which he not only possessed, but kept alive, while at School, was not likely to fail him in a supreme hour. That it did not fail him, those who were with him when he fell, shot at close quarters, bear generous witness. He was killed in action on September 6th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Service Record:WO 339/19679
Son of the Rev. George Charles Carter, of The Rectory, Bartlow, Cambs, b. 1896.
Middle IV—Lower Modern II.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914; Lieutenant Durham L.I.; Captain I.A. 11th King Edward's Own Lancers (Probyn's Horse).
He was killed during the rising at Tal Afar in northern Iraq after that place was included in Iraq. Tal Afar was used as a base of operations for a planned revolt against the then ruling British.
Biography at undyingmemory
Son of Brig. Gen. J. E. Caunter, C.B., C.B.E., and Mrs. Caunter, of "Elm Bank", St. Mary Church, Devon, b. 1897.
Upper IV—Army II. Shooting VIII; House XI Cricket.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Welch Regt. 1914; Captain 1917; attached 60th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps.
Address: 26 Nicholas Street, Chester.
'Owing to the outbreak of war Caunter left School earlier than he had intended, passed through Sandhurst and joined his father's old Regiment—the Welch—at the end of 1914. After serving on the Eastern and Western fronts, he joined the Flying Corps, and had only been with them a short time when he was shot down, on October 25, 1917. At School he was a boy of more than average merit, a promising bowler and a good shot. These qualities he turned to good account in the war, showing considerable ability as a pilot and giving promise of greater things to come.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
Joined 1st Btn Welch Regiment in the field on 8/10/15.
Disembarked at Salonica via Marseilles & Alexandria on 27/11/15.
Embarked for Egypt on transfer to RFC at Salonica on 26/11/16.
Killed in action on Passchendaele Ridge.
Service record:WO 339/3550
Biography at oldashburton
Born 22nd April 1890, Ross, Herefordshire.
Son of the Rev. William Shuttleworth Clarke, M.A., Vicar of Marstow, Ross, Herefordshire, and Maria Brandram.
Upper IV—Middle V. Junior Chapel Prefect. Head of House. Champion Athlete; XXII Football; XL Cricket. Lieutenant in Corps.
St. John's College, Cambridge; B.A. 1912; President C.U.A.C.; ran the Mile 1911-13, and the Cross-Country Race 1911 v. Oxford; ran the Two Miles for Oxford and Cambridge v. Yale and Harvard 1911. He came 2nd in the mile and won the 3 miles in 1912.
Assistant Master Golden Parsonage Preparatory School, Hemel Hempstead.
Great War, Private 1914, afterwards Captain D Coy, 5th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
'Robert Clarke was one of those who make more friends than acquaintances. He was a man of few words, but his conversation often revealed the enthusiasm of the man of action. Living a hard, clean life he delighted in honest sport, both for himself and for those children of rich and poor alike whom he helped to train up to true manhood. It was characteristic of him that when war began he chose to learn soldiering in the ranks. To his own personality he owed his corporal's stripes, his Colonel's recommendation for a commission, and his subsequent promotion. And as he had lived, so he died, handing on the lamp of life to those who shall succeed him. He was killed on September 25th.' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
L/Corpl. C. Kelcowyn wrote, “On September 25 we were ordered to take two lines of trenches; we advanced about dawn and captured the first line. Just then I was struck by a bursting shell. Captain Clarke was struck by the same shell. He was hit in several places. We crawled into the communication trench and lay there. Captain Clarke had his flask with him and he gave me some drink from it. He said, ‘Cheer up, lad,’ and I think he died from loss of blood.” And Sergt. F. Langford, “From the men who came out of the charge on 25 September and were near him at the time I know how magnificently he fought, he died a hero. This is how his memory is revered in this battalion.”
Service record:WO 339/19681
Unit War Diary:WO-95-1902-1
Memorial Baroque tablet on the South wall of St Matthew, Marstow
Biography: Menin Gate North:In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
Born: 15 Feb 1888, Shire House. Son of Calder Hurst Clegg (Cotton Manufacturer) of Shire House, Littleborough, Westmorland and Haverbrack, Milnthorpe, Westmorland.
Mother: Mary Ann Clegg formerly Thompson.
Brother: Edmund Berwick Clegg.
Lower Shell—Lower VI. School Prefect. XXII Football.
Lieutenant in Corps.
Brasenose College, Oxford; B.A. (Third Class Jurisprudence) 1910.
6th Bn. Border Regiment.
Address: Hawes Mead, Kendal.
'He joined the Army at the outbreak of the war, being given a commission in the 6th Border Regiment. He was gazetted temporary Captain in May, and left almost immediately for the Dardanelles. He was remarkable for a sturdy honesty of character, outspoken in conversation, and independent in action. Though he felt it bitterly when he was unable to continue his athletic career, he had many other interests. His loss will be great to those who knew him well. He was a delightful companion and a very loyal friend, much attached to his old school and interested in all that concerned Malvern. He was killed on August 22nd, aged 27.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record:WO 339/11511
Born: 28th October 1885 in Paddington, London.
Son of J. Somervail Clerk and Dora Somervail Clerk (nee Carew), of Foresters, Windlesham, Surrey and 16 Porchester Terrace, W.
Middle IV—Army IV.
Merton College, Oxford; B.A. (Fourth Class History) 1908.
Assistant Master at Sutherland House School, Windlesham.
Great War, Captain King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) attd. 6th Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).
The Times: 'In August, 1914, he obtained a commission in the Royal West Surrey Regiment, and went with his battalion to the front in June, 1915. Promoted to Captain in July, 1915, he was invalided home after an operation for appendicitis, and was obliged to remain at home until last June, when he re-joined his regiment. In July he was slightly wounded, and in December he was recommended for, and obtained, a commission (Regulars) in the King's (Royal Lancaster Regiment) as Captain; but remained with his old battalion in the Queen's.
His commanding officer writes: "Your son was killed on the morning of April 9, to the lasting sorrow of his many friends here. His death was almost instantaneous. . . . His loss will be felt very deeply by us all. . . . He played the game until the last, dying most gallantly at the head of his company."
He was killed at Arras whilst leading his company into action.
Biography at Merton College, Oxford
Born: 15th Oct 1886. Father: Rev Alfred Hands Cooke.
Address: Aldenham School, Elstree and Clydesdale, Priory Rd, Malvern.
22nd Bn. Durham Light Infantry.
Left W Beach, Cape Helles, Gallipoli on August 7th 1915, and was in hospital in Alexandria from August 10th to November 1st suffering from a gunshot wound in the foot, followed by gastritis, and general debility.
The battalion entrained at Poperinghe near Ypres on the 22nd March 1918 for the Somme.
At 6.45pm on the 24th March they were 500 yards west of Potte Wood and across the Pertain-Morchain road.
At 9am on the 25th March, the enemy attacked in strength and it was found necessary to withdraw owing to own flanks being isolated, and a line was taken on the NE of Pertain which after being held for about an hour, again with flanks in the air, it was decided to retire on to Omiecourt. The position was taken up about 12 noon and held until orders were issued for the Bn to withdraw at 4pm to Chaulnes Rioge NE of Chaulnes.
Estimated casualties: 14 officers and 400 Other Ranks.
Killed in action near Monchy in France.
Service Record:WO 339/2039
Medal Card: WO 372/4/245708
Unit War Diary 22 Battalion Durham Light Infantry:WO 95/1702/1
Son of Alexander Hill Cooper, W.S., of 54, Manor Place, Edinburgh, and West Glenturret, Crief, b. 1887.
Modern III—Army II.
'Of a singularly cheerful and unselfish temperament, quiet and reliable, Derry Cooper endeared himself to all who knew him well at School: he was, indeed (as a soldier under his command expressed it), "a Proper Gentleman." The Army attracted him strongly, but duty led him to follow the Law as his profession. He found time, however, for military training, and was an enthusiastic officer in the Yeomanry. On the outbreak of war he immediately volunteered for service at the front, and after delays which sorely tried his ardour he was sent to Gallipoli, where he saw very hard service in the neighbourhood of C. Helles. On the evacuation of the peninsula he proceeded to Egypt, and subsequently took part in the Palestine Expedition, during which he lost his life. In the words of the Brigadier-General : "He was killed at the head of his men, gallantly leading them out under fire in bright moonlight"; and, he adds, "Capt . Cooper gave a very fine example to his men of leadership. He will be much missed in his Regiment, where he was a most popular and respected officer." That this is truly the case is evident from the numerous expressions of affection and admiration which form a striking feature of the many letters received since his death from brother-officers, and from men who served under him, e.g. : "We all deeply regret his loss, for Derry—as he was affectionately called—was a universal favourite."' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
'Mobilised in August 1914. Lieutenant in Ayrshire Yeomanry, and later attached to Royal Scots Fusiliers. Served in Gallipoli from September 1915 till evacuation, and afterwards in Egypt and Palestine.
Wounded in advance to Palestine and killed in action near Gaza on 30th August 1917. Promoted Captain. Mentioned in Dispatches.'National Library of Scotland
Killed in action 'G. S. W. Chest'
Service record:WO 374/15421
Medal card: WO 372/5/16490
Born 8th December 1892 at Moray House, Edinburgh. Son of Alexander Cowan (Papermaker) and Alice Buchanan Cowan (nee Comrie Thomson), of Valleyfield, Penicuik, Midlothian.
Upper IV B—Science Form. Junior Chapel Prefect. Head of House. XXII Cricket and Football. Cadet Officer.
Pembroke College, Cambridge.
3rd Bn. Royal Scots and then 12th Bn The Royal Scots.
'He had been in residence at Pembroke, Cambridge, for two years when war broke out. He at once joined the Royal Scots, and was gazetted Captain in 1915. He was wounded by a machine-gun bullet during the retreat, and died at a base hospital on March 25. Charlie Cowan did excellent work at School, where he was immensely popular alike with masters and boys, combining as he did keenness and thoroughness with a most cheery disposition. As an officer he was equally good—strict with his men, courageous as a lion, and an excellent leader. We offer our sincerest sympathy to his bereaved father.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Suffered in March 1915 from diarrhoea for 10 days, and then sent to hospital for bronchitis.
In January 1916, suffering from bronchial catarrh which was better by 6th July 1916, 3rd Bn The Royal Scots.
In April 1917, he was recovered from Bronchitis & Phthisis.
Died at No 51 Stationary Hospital in France of wounds received in action (12th Bn The Royal Scots).
There is a stained glass window above a cross dedicated to his memory at the Church of St James the Less in Penicuik.
Service record:WO 339/10312
Born September 5, 1868, (10th Bart). Son of Sir Herbert George Denman Croft, 9th Bt., Lugwardine Court, Hereford.
1st Bn. Herefordshire Regiment.
Wife: Lady Katharine Agnes Croft (formerly Parr, married 3 Feb 1903), of Croft Castle, Kingsland, Herefordshire.
Children: Elinor Croft, born 14 Jan 1904, and James Hebert Croft, born 24 May 1907.
He was Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire.
'When the war broke out he joined the 1st Herefordshire Regiment as a private. He offered to raise 150 men on joining, and performed the task within a week. He was gazetted Captain three months after enlisting, and died of wounds received in Gallipoli in the middle of August. ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record:WO 374/16666 Geni Peerage.com
Son of Sir Malby Crofton, 3rd Bart., and Lady Crofton, of Longford House, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo.
Middle IV—Modern I. School Prefect. XL Football; House XI Cricket.
Trinity College, Dublin; B.A., B.E..
In British Columbia.
Great War, Private Canadian Highlanders 1914; Captain 3rd Bn. attd. 6th Bn. Connaught Rangers.
'A kindly, unassuming nature, and a quick perception of duty were marked characteristics in him, and the following account from The Times proves that he served his country with that keen loyalty he had shown for his School and House: "Captain Thomas Horsfall Crofton, M.C., Connaught Rangers, killed on March 21st, graduated as an engineer at Trinity College, Dublin. He afterwards went out to British Columbia, and directly war was declared he enlisted there as a Private in a Canadian Highlander battalion, and came to England with them; but early in 1915 he obtained a commission in the Connaught Rangers, his local regiment in Ireland. He earned a "parchment" and a Military Cross by his recent conduct at the front." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Detailed Biography at Connaught Ranger Association website
Son of Herbert Oakes Crowther and Nellie Oakes Crowther, of Broadclyst, Beckenham, Kent, b. 1891.
Lower Shell—Upper Shell.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 9th Bn Royal West Kent Regt. 1914; 1915, Captain. 12th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps.
'He left school before his full course had run, but there remained behind him a pleasing memory of cheerful and unselfish companionship. Those who have been in touch with him in latter years have been struck with the earnestness he showed in business and the delight he took in his life abroad.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Obituary from The Times dated 12th Dec 1916:
"CAPTAIN LESLIE OAKES CROWTHER. Flight Commander, R.F.C., killed on December 6, was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Crowther, of Broadclyst, Beckenham, Kent. Born in 1891, he was educated at St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne, and Malvern College, afterwards spending two years in New York and Dresden for educational purposes. Captain Crowther joined the Royal West Kent Regiment in September, 1914, and in December, 1915, transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. For many months he had been at the front, where he was engaged in many air flights and bomb-dropping expeditions. His major writes:- "The squadron has lost a most capable and popular officer, and I cannot say how sorry I am and my officers to have lost such a good fellow"
He was flying a BE 2d 5832 of No 12 Sqn RFC when he was killed in an accident on 6 December 1916.
Son of Lieut.-Col. J. C. Culling, West Lydford, Taunton, b. 1885.
Royal Munster Fusiliers 1906; Lieutenant 1908; resigned 1909;
afterwards an officer in the Canadian Militia, and a Lumberman.
Great War, Captain Canadian Infantry 1914 (overseas).
2nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
Son of Samuel John and Helen Grace Daw, 35 Lincoln's Inn Fields, b. 1881.
Shell—Lower VI. XXII Football.
LL.B. (First Class Honours) Lond. 1903.
Solicitor 1904; Inns of Court O.T.C. (retired).
Great War, re-joined 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 15th Batt. K.R.R.C. 1915. "B" Coy. 9th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Husband of Laura Daw, of Vine Cottage, West Hoathly, Sussex.
'Reginald Daw was at School a quiet steady boy, of more than average ability. He was a very useful football player and helped to win the Football Cup for his House. His legal attainments were very considerable, and it says much for his patriotism that he lost no time in re-joining the Inns of Court O T.C. when war broke out. His subsequent record speaks for itself. He went to the front in August 1915, and was recently mentioned in despatches. He was killed on August 25th, being struck in the back with a piece of shell; he became unconscious at once and was removed to a dressing station, where he died the next morning.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
He was killed in action at Delville Wood.
Service record: WO 339/70032
Medal Card: WO 372/5/214175
Unit war diary: WO 95/1900/2 List of Officers Delville wood attack Map showing attack
Son of George James and Emily Dennistoun, of Peel Forest, Timaru, New Zealand.
Modern IV—Lower Modern I. House Prefect.
23rd Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and North Irish Horse.
'He was a boy of sturdy character, frank and lively in disposition, and popular in his House and in the School. On returning to his home in New Zealand he became a sheep-farmer. He took the keenest pleasure in mountaineering, and made the ascent of many of the snow-capped Southern Alps of New Zealand, amongst them that of several virgin peaks. He climbed, alone, Mitre Peak, in Milford Sound, which had been considered inaccessible. He did a considerable amount of exploration work, and was a member of the Alpine Club. In 1910-11 he went to the Antarctic in the Terra Nova, as a member of Captain Scott's expedition in charge of mules, and was awarded the King's Antarctic Medal and that of the Royal Geographical Society. On the outbreak of the war he came to England and was given a commission in the Irish Horse. He went to the front in Nov. 1915 and served for some months as Intelligence Officer to a Division, afterwards joining the Royal Flying Corps.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
On 9 August 1916, he was acting as Observer in a FE2b 6348 on a bombing mission East of Arras and was in combat with three Fokker enemy aircraft and was wounded 3 times in the stomach. His biplane caught fire, and was compelled to descend in the enemy’s lines, and died from his wounds at Ohrdruf in Thuringia.
Auckland museum Wikipedia (in German) Flight Magazine InvisionZone
Son of the Rev. J. J. and Mrs. Edwards, of Berrow Vicarage, Tewkesbury, Glos and Peachfield Cottage, Malvern. Born at Casablanca, Morocco, 1894.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. Reading Prize. School Prefect. Head of House. House XI Football.
Scholar, Christ's College, Cambridge.
7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
'Llewellyn Edwards will be long remembered by his many friends here and at Cambridge for the charming modesty of his manner, the vigour of his intellect, and the robustness of his character.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
He was killed in action on March 22nd at 11pm.
A fellow officer wrote – ‘I am the only officer left in his Company and was with him where he was mortally wounded. All day previously he had shown great cheerfulness and disregard of danger, and was forever walking up and down urging and cheering on the men. Even when he was wounded his last words to me were, ‘Look after the Company, and keep down off the top of the trench.’ These words were just characteristic of him – a way of thinking of others before himself. A very good officer, liked immensely by his fellow officers, and loved by all his fellow men’.
Biography at Remember the Fallen
Son of the late Sir John Eliot, K.C.I.E., F.R.S. and Lady Eliot, of Bonporteau, Cavalaire, Var, France; husband of Ella Mary Eliot (now Mrs Macartney), of Newstead. Simla, India.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Indian Army (14th Murray's Jat Lancers) 1905.
'He obtained an Indian Cadetship at Sandhurst, was commissioned to 14th Jat Lancers in August 1905, and promoted Captain nine years later. He served on the first of the Frontier Expeditions in India, during the war, as extra A.D.C. to Lieutenant-General Blomefield, and on the second as signalling officer. Subsequently he left for another front, where he was killed on February 25th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
He married Mary Ella Rathbone daughter of Col. William Hans Rathbone R.E. and Bella Grace McNeale on 5 Oct 1914 in Simla, Bengal, India. His widow later married Col Frank Alan George Macartney OBE MC and then Edward Robert Henry Herbert, 5th Earl of Powis, CBE.
Family tree at monchique Cracrofts peerage
Son of the Rev. W. H. Elmhirst, of "Elmhirst", Barnsley and Pindar Oaks, Barnsley. b. 1892.
Lower V—VI. House Prefect. House XI Cricket.
Scholar Worcester College, Oxford; B.A. (Third Class Jurisprudence) 1914.
Articled to a Solicitor.
8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment.
'At School, Will Elmhirst's career was not marked by any exceptional incidents or achievements, but he exercised a very sound influence here. He fully realised the meaning of duty and responsibility, and in a quiet unobtrusive way he always set himself to satisfy the demands of his position. During his time at Oxford he maintained the same high standard that he had aimed at and reached here in really important things. In the Army he was regarded with respect and affection by those with whom he came into contact. Many of these have given written testimony to the debt which they owe to him for his help and guidance.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Barnsley Chronicle 9 December 1916:
He took a scholarship from Malvern to Worcester College, Oxford, where he gained honours in law. He volunteered in 1914, from the office of Messrs. Brown and Elmhirst, solicitors, York where he was articled. His commanding officer writes, "He was a universal favourite both with the officers and men. I looked upon him as one of the best young officers I have had in the battalion. He always took such an interest in his work, was so keen, and nothing was ever too much trouble for him to do, and to do thoroughly. His death is a sad loss, not only to his friends, but to the Army. He was last seen rallying his men close up to the German position."
Service record: WO 339/21678
War diary: WO 95/1424/2
Son of E. M. Elston, of 21, Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, and the late Charles Frederick Elston, Hengoed, Walton-on-Thames, b. 1886.
Upper IV Army III.
'Among the number of Old Malvernians serving in the old Army who have fallen must be added the name of Charles D. Elston. His friends at Malvern will remember him best for his sunny disposition and strong sense of humour, which made him deservedly popular. Always, by his own choice, destined for the Army, he entered Sandhurst in 1905, and was gazetted to the Northamptonshire Regt. in 1906, being promoted Captain in 1914. He served through the early months of the war in Flanders, till he was very seriously wounded. After a long time in hospital, he recovered sufficiently to be able to get about, but finally succumbed to his wounds, "after three years of suffering bravely borne," aged 31 years.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
Appointed to Northamptonshire Regiment from the Royal Military College in Oct 1906.
He was made a Lieutenant in Dec 1908 and a Captain in March 1914.
He went to France with the 2nd Battalion landing at Le Havre on Nov 5th 1914. He was with C Company on his first tour at the front line where he was seriously wounded. In Nov 1915 he was placed on half pay due to ill health.
He died on 21st Nov 1917 after suffering from wounds received at Ypres in 1914.
Picture and biography on Flickr from Northampton museum
His war medals were sold at auction by Bonhams in 2003 for £587.Bonhams
Born: 12 Dec 1879. Son of Dr. G. B. Faskally, Umzimkulu, Africa, b. 1880.
Army Side—Modern II. School Prefect. Ledbury Cap; House XI Football; Lieutenant in Corps.
1899. 5th Royal Dublin Fusiliers. 2nd Lieutenant.
'He was a very fair runner but otherwise did not distinguish himself greatly at School. On leaving School he was for many years ranching in California, and when the war broke out he came home and ultimately obtained a commission in the Royal Fusiliers. After a long illness he died on Dec. 18th of last year in hospital from the results of being gassed. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1919)
Permanent Address: 70 East 66 Street, New York City.
Address for Correspondence: 31 Hill Street, Knightsbridge & 9 Hill St.
25 Jan 1918. Debility report. He has lived in the Tropics and has had Malaria in 1910. On Jan 8th 1918, he went sick with severe headaches, vomiting but no Pyrexia. Blood examined for Malaria but nothing found. He came home 21st Jan. There were no physical signs but his eyes are defective and glasses are to be worn.
He held a commission in the 23rd Royal Fusiliers and was demobilised in March 1919. Shortly after he proceeded to Poland as a Staff Captain on General Haller's staff, was invalided home in October and died from Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Exhaustion at the 3rd London General hospital on the 17th December 1919.
Gravestone inscription at Highgate Cemetery (west):
In proud and ever loving memory of Capt Percy Blake Faskally 24th Royal Fusiliers. Younger son of the late Surgeon Col. And Mrs. Faskally. He was severely gassed at Frevent in France and passed over on the 17th of December, 1919. Aged 39 years. A brave soldier.
"Would God, I had died for thee. Absolom, my son, my son." 2nd Samuel. 18 Chapt. 33rd verse.
Photograph of grave at Findagrave
Service record:WO 339/12376
Son of Rev. E. A. Fishbourne, Gresford Vicarage, Wrexham. b. 1885.
Upper Modern II — Army I. House Scholar. School Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.E. 1904; Lieutenant 1907; employed on Railway Survey, Uganda and E. African Protectorates, 1907—9; under Board of Trade 1909—12; retired 1913; Asst. Commercial Manager London General Omnibus Co. Ltd. 1913; Cuthbert Peek Grant, Royal Geographical Society, 1910.
Great War, rejoined 1914 (over seas). Despatches.
'After passing through Woolwich and Chatham he was commissioned in the Royal Engineers in December 1904, and subsequently was employed under the Colonial Office from June 1907 to November 1908 in Uganda upon important survey work, for which he was highly commended, and the Royal Geographical Society awarded him the Cuthbert Peek Grant. In October 1909 he was appointed under the Board of Trade upon the London Traffic Commission. In January 1913 he retired into the Special Reserve, R.E., on taking up a post as Assistant General Manager to the London General Omnibus Company.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
On the outbreak of the war he rejoined, went to the Front with the 9th Field Company R.E., 21st August 1914, and served till 18th November 1914, when he was wounded at Ploegsteert Wood, and invalided home. On his recovery he was appointed Adjutant to the R.E. Reserves at Chatham. He died at Field House, Beaconsfield, 10th June 1915, of Spotted Fever contracted at Chatham. He married at Llanbedr on the 8th June 1911 to Mary Elizabeth Holland, 89, Overstrand Mansions, Battersea, S.W., daughter of William Gaskell Holland and left two sons, Patrick Alexander, born 10th February 1913; and Charles Michael Eustace, born 2nd November 1915.
Service record: WO 339/6109
Son of James and M.A. Fisher, Drumard, Barrow-in-Furness. B. 1894.
Upper IV B - Modern III.
Afterwards at Sedbergh School; in business; 4th Batt. Royal Lancaster Regt. 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914 (overseas), Captain. Died February 23, 1919.
Husband of Lina Frances Fisher, of Drumard, Barrow-in-Furness.
'He was still quite a small boy when he left Malvern to go Sedbergh, but extraordinarily bright and quick. He was in the Territorial Force before the war, and did good service through the five stressful years. Early this year he contracted influenza, pneumonia intervened, and he died at Waterloo, near Liverpool, on February 23rd, leaving a widow to mourn his untimely loss. He was only twenty-four.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Son of Horace Arthur and S. Kate Fisher, Arno Vale, Nottingham. b 1892.
Modern III - Upper Shell. House Prefect.
Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Theological Tripos).
Great War, Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914; Captain Sherwood Foresters.D.S.O., Despatches.
'The fourth and youngest brother of a School House family, John Wilfred Fisher throughout his school career was a sound and trustworthy boy, full of quiet purpose. The following extract from the "Times" shows how he rose to the occasion, and what a loss he is to his country: "Captain John Wilfred Fisher, D.S.O., Sherwood Foresters, died of wounds on July 8. He joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. in August 1914, obtained a commission in the Sherwood Foresters, and went to the front a year ago. Captain Fisher won the D.S.O. in March for conspicuous gallantry, the official record of his conduct being as follows: 'When the enemy blew up a portion of the front trench he drove off their attack and skilfully organised the defence. He continued fighting long after he was wounded, and set a fine example to all around him.' Captain Fisher, who was mentioned in despatches in April, had been four times wounded within nine months—the last time fatally." ' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
He was wounded at Sanctuary Wood, Ypres, Belgium, 30th October 1915 by a German sniper and rejoined his battalion 11th December 1915 at Ypres, when he took over command of "D" Company. He was wounded again 16th February 1916 at Ypres.
He was awarded the D.S.O. with the following citation: "For conspicuous gallantry on the 14th February 1916, near Ypres/Commines Canal. When the enemy blew up a portion of the front line trench, he drove off their attack and skilfully organised the defence. He continued fighting long after he was wounded, and set a fine example to all around him".
He was again wounded when in the Quadrangle support line near Contalmaison on the Somme, France, 7th July 1916, and died the following day.
Biography at Sherwood Foresters
on of Sir Robert Gardner, Ashley House, Dublin. b. 1883.
Lower IV - Army I. House Prefect.
21st Lancers (from Militia) 1902; Captain 1912.
Husband of Dorothy Gardner.
The Times: ''Captain Gardner joined the 21st Empress of India's Lancers in 1902, when they were stationed in Dublin, being promoted Lieutenant in 1909 and Captain in October 1912. He was appointed Adjutant of the Royal Bucks Hussars Yeomanry in March 1914, and came from India to take up this appointment; he was with the Yeomanry for a year before going with them on active service to Egypt and Gallipoli. Captain Gardner was a keen polo player, and played for his regiment in many tournaments both at home, in Egypt, and in India. He was believed killed while leading his men in a charge on August 21st, 1915."
Detailed biography at whitchurch.org
Son of W. Graham, 2 Temple Gardens, London, E.C. b. 1879.
Shell - Upper V. School Prefect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Served in the South African War with 21st Batt. Imperial Yeomanry; Medal with 5 Clasps; Royal West Kent Regt. (from Militia) 1914; Captain 1914; West African Frontier Force 1910.
'Captain Graham was killed in Mesopotamia on July 24th. "Had he lived," writes his Colonel, "he would certainly have been mentioned in despatches. In addition to splendid leading on the day of his death, he had just previously carried out a daring night reconnaissance which was of considerable value to the Force. It was a fine death - killed in the heat of action in a very hot corner." He was a fearless, large-hearted man, who never allowed his abounding humour to veil a serious outlook upon life. ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
He was killed during the capture of Al Nasiriya on the Euphrates.
Wisden on the Great War
Son of Rev. H. L. Harkness, Hove, Brighton. b. 1884.
Shell—Lower V. House XI Cricket.
Captain 4th West Yorkshire Regt. (Special Reserve) 1908.
Great War, mobilised 1914.
2nd Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
The Times: "Captain Harkness held a commission in the West Yorkshire Regiment at the outbreak of the war, and saw active service in the earlier engagements. He was injured at Neuve Chapelle owing to a fall from his horse, and was invalided home. He had only recently re-joined his regiment when he fell in action on July 1st."
His Colonel writes: "He was in command of the two leading companies, and led them with great coolness right up to the enemy's trenches when he was killed by a shell. To him and his fine example during the battle is greatly due the splendid reputation the Battalion gained in this action." (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Born Aug 24th 1890. Son of Mrs. J. Harris, of 3, Leven St., Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Yorks, and the late Col. J. Harris, V. D.
Upper IV B—Modern I. Chance Prize. XXII Football.
12th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
'Jack Harris left School young, to go into business, but remained a faithful Malvernian, and enlivened many winter gatherings in the House with his inimitable whistling and general good spirits. He was the only son of a widowed mother and single-handed in his business, but he felt called to join up in 1915, and was commissioned March 16th, 1915, Captain, May 1916, in the Yorkshire Pioneers. After spending some time at Cannock Chase Camp, he went to France June 1916 and received the Military Cross for excellent work during the year, especially when in command of a company, always getting the best out of his men. He was reported "Missing" November 26th, 1917, when he was out with two R.E. officers looking over very important ground at Bourlon Wood. They were surprised and fired on by the enemy. The others reached a sunken road, but Captain Harris was never seen again. It is presumed that he was killed and buried by the Germans. One of the R.E. officers crept out to look for him and was instantly killed, and the search parties could find nothing. His men loved him, and say they would follow him anywhere. He was splendid in danger.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Captain J.A. Harris was in Z Coy. On Nov 20th 1917 he went out reconnoitring for defensive work in front of Bourlon Wood with Major Johnson V.C. of the Royal Engineers and Major Clarke R.E. They were caught by a party of the enemy and fired on. Major Johnson was shot in the throat, Major Clarke escaped and reported the affair saying Major Johnson and Capt Harris were dead.
Service record:WO 339/25087
Son of Walter Sydney and Florence Harvey, of 9, Vale Court, Maida Vale, London and 24 Westbourne Terrace Road, W. b. 1888.
Lower V—VI. School Prefect. Ledbury Cap; XI Football; House XI Cricket.
Trinity College, Oxford; Third Class Mods. 1909; B.A. 1910.
Assistant Master at St. Andrew's School, Eastbourne.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 1st/5th Bn. London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade). 1914, Captain.
'An earnestness of purpose, crowned with an attractive personality, endeared Bernard Harvey to all who knew him. He set a fine example of loyalty to school and house, and he never spared himself to make others share his true enjoyment of life. At Oxford he figured prominently on the river, and interested himself deeply in the Trinity College Mission. He chose school-mastering as his profession, and returned to his former school, St. Andrew's, Eastbourne. At the outbreak of war he applied for and received a commission in the 5th Battalion of the London Regiment. He was wounded in May, 1915. Early this year he was promoted to be Captain. He was killed in action on July 1st. His General writes: "One of my men says he was with Captain Harvey when he was hit in the shoulder, but he still continued to lead his men and cheer them on. He was wounded again, and in the evening when conducting the retirement he and others had to get through some wire; in doing so a noise was made that attracted the attention of the enemy, and the end came at once."' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Son of Sir Henry Hawley, 5th Bart., and Lady Hawley. B. 1878.
King’s Royal Rifle Corps 1809; Captain 1905; South African War 1899-1902, Despatches, Queen’s Medal with 6 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
Husband of Ursula Mary Hawley, of 14, Stafford Place, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W.
Served in the South African Campaign.
2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Son of Alfred and Ellen Dorothy Hayman, of Great Elm, Frome; husband of Marjorie Hayman, of Cromarty, Elmsleigh Rd., Weston-super-Mare. b. 1884.
Modern IV—II. House XI Football.
4th Batt. Welch Regt.; retired 1911.
Rancher in Canada.
Great War, Private Canadian Mounted Rifles 1914; Captain 3rd Batt. Welch Regt.
"A" Coy. 2nd Bn. Welsh Regiment.
'After resigning his commission he married, and went to Canada to take up farming He was doing very well there when war broke out, and he joined the Canadian Mounted Rifles and returned to England. Upon his return he re-joined his old Regiment, was made Captain last December, and left for the front (France) early this year. He went through a great deal of very hard fighting, in which he showed conspicuous bravery (as those who knew him here felt sure he would); while his good nature made him very popular both with officers and men. He was wounded early in July, but was soon at the front again, and was killed while leading his Company into the front line on Sept. 9th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
De Ruvigny Roll of Honour:
He was killed in action while leading his company at High Wood. He was awarded the Military Cross "For keeping his men together a whole week in the front line under terrific shell fire. Although wounded the first day, he refused to allow himself to be sent back, and was buried three times. He acted with great gallantry and set his men a splendid example.” The Brigadier-General of the 1st Division wrote "He was certainly one of the best company commanders in the brigade, and had done most excellent work only last month, where his energy and fearlessness were most conspicuously shown. He is a real loss to us,” and his Commanding Officer: “I thought you would like to know how much I valued him, and how highly I thought of his abilities as a soldier.” A brother officer also wrote: "It may be a great consolation to you to know that he was beloved by the officers and men of my battalion. I have known him for the past twelve years. I had the very highest opinion of him.” and another: “I look back on all my friends who have gone, and above all stands one — a little higher, a little nobler, a little finer than all the rest — your husband."
Born on March 7th 1883 in India. Son of the late Henry Francis Hebbert, (Indian Civil Service), and Mrs. Hebbert.
Upper Modern II—Matriculation Class. House XI Football.
St. Thomas' Hospital; M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 1906; I.M.S. 1906.
Husband of Maisie Hebbert, of 14, Granville Gardens, Ealing Common, London.
He was educated at St. Thomas's Hospital taking the M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. Lond. in 1906.
He entered the army as Lieutenant on September 1st, 1906, and was promoted to Captain on October 4th 1909.
Medical Officer of the 107th Pioneers, died in Mesopotamia of relapsing fever on March 19th, aged 33.
(British Medical Journal 1 April 1916).
'R. F. Hebbert will be best remembered by the masters and his contemporaries as a boy with a pleasant charm of manner and quiet earnest disposition. His taste turned to a medical profession, and he left rather early before he had attained as high a position in the School as his character and ability would have raised him. He died on active service in Mesopotamia.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Kings College London Memorial
Son of William Ross Hedges and E. Hedges, of 117, Anderton Park Rd., Moseley, Birmingham.
Middle IV B—Modern I. House Prefect. Aldershot Boxing.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant R.E. 1914; Captain 1915.
1st (North Midland) Field Coy. Royal Engineers.
'Soon after the outbreak of war he went to the front with a commission in the 1st North Midland Field Co. He was present at the second battle for Ypres. In March 1915 at Hill 60 he was shot whilst going across the open to take aid to a wounded man of his company. On recovering from his wounds, he was sent to Egypt with the rank of Captain. On his return he did much arduous and dangerous work in the fighting round Arras. For one particularly dangerous and successful piece of engineering, carried out entirely by his own skill and coolness, he was personally congratulated by the General of the Division. In June this year he was awarded the Military Cross. On August 18th he was wounded for the second time. He had gone some distance back from the firing line when the enemy began a haphazard shelling, during which he was severely wounded. After an operation he went on, very well, and it was fully expected that his fine physique would pull him through, but amputation became necessary. He survived the operation for one day. No braver or more popular officer has laid down his life in this war than Captain Hedges. His loss was keenly felt in his regiment. His General, writing to his father, says: "Personally he is a great loss to me as an officer and as a friend. He was brave, energetic, capable, and reliable, and had a magnetic influence over his men. He was marked out for distinction. You must have been proud of such a son, and it will be some small consolation to you to know how nobly he has lived and died, and how greatly he was respected and loved by the men and by all of us." Another officer writes: "Your son was brave, generous, and kind-hearted. His men would have done anything for him, or followed him anywhere. From the General downwards, we all loved him." These and many other letters show in what affectionate regard he was held by all ranks, and such a tribute of affection will not surprise his Malvern friends who admired him for his quiet strength of character, as well as for his physical courage. He will perhaps be remembered at Malvern chiefly for his enthusiasm for boxing. He represented the School in the Light Weights at Aldershot, and in the School competitions he won the Light Weight in 1910 and the Heavy Weight in 1911. After leaving School he was successful in various competitions. In 1913 he was Midland Counties Heavy Weight Champion, and again in 1914.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
On 6th April 1915, the Birmingham Gazette reported that he had been shot through both legs by a rifle bullet while attempting to rescue one of his wounded men in front of the trenches as a result of fierce fighting at Zillebeke near Ypres.
During his time in hospital he wrote to the editor of the Sporting Buff saying:
'The left leg is healing up well and the muscles and nerves, which were mostly severed, are joined up again, as I can move my right foot several inches already. It is rather a slow business, though. I had also frost bite in my right foot, through having to lie in a ‘Jack Johnson’ hole (shell crater) for nearly six hours before we could be got away. No stretcher party could have lived there by daylight, of course, and the hole was about one third full of water, in which my feet were submerged. It was really a most uncomfortable way of spending a Sunday afternoon.’
He was severely wounded on the 18th August, and was taken to the 20th Casualty Clearing Station based at Warlincourt where he died three days later.
Detailed biography at Moseley-Society
Son of Jacob Kruse Muller Hessler and Killy Hessler, of "Wyndcliffe", Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool. b. 1893.
Middle IV B—Modern III.
Shipper and Timber Merchant; 5th Batt. Durham L.I. 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914; Captain.
5th Bn. Durham Light Infantry.
'Since leaving School he had been engaged in his father's shipping and timber business. He was in the West Indies at the outbreak of war, but immediately returned to take his place in the Territorial battalion to which he had been commissioned a year previously, and he went with it to France in 1915.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
He sought to alleviate the financial hardships of widows, that entailed his men making weekly voluntary contributions to the Company Sick Club, which would provide widows with financial support until they received a government grant, which elicited the approval of the Secretary of State for War and the Chancellor of the Exchequer.They Served
On 16th May 1916 at Kemmel, he sprained his ankle while jumping an obstacle on returning from the firing line. He returned to his unit on the 15th October 1917.
His brother Jacob K.M. Hessler also died serving with the D.L.I.
Service record:WO 374/33011
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hilton; husband of Hylda Swan (formerly Hilton), of 7, Elysium Row, Calcutta, India. b. 1873.
III —Lower IV.
Roberts’ Horse; Middlesex Regt. 1900; Captain 1906; South African War 1899-02, Despatches, Queen’s Medal with 6 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
3rd Bn. Middlesex Regiment
'He received his commission in the Middlesex Regiment in 1900 from the ranks of Roberts' Horse, after a campaign of much distinction in South Africa. He took part in the relief of Kimberley, and was present at the operations at Paardeberg, Dreifontein, and Vet River, and was in actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Diamond Hill in the Transvaal, and Lindley, Bethlehem, and Wittebergen in the Orange River Colony.' (Malvernian, March 1915).
He entered the front-line on 10 February 1915, and was killed in action less than a week later, on 16 February 1915, during fighting to recapture some lost trenches.
Menin Gate North:In Memory and In Mourning by Paul Chapman
Born 6th June, 1877 at Leicester. Son of E. Hingston, of "St. Oswald's", Selwyn Rd., Eastbourne.
Lower IV—Shell B. House XI Cricket.
Duke of Cornwall’s L.I. (from Militia) 1809; Captain 1909.
Served with Mounted Infantry South African War 1900-01, Despatches.
Queen’s Medal with 6 Clasps.
1st Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
'Those who were at school with Leonard Hingston will remember him as a boy of generous heart and cheery disposition, qualities which gained him many friends in later life.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
He was educated at Llandaff Cathedral School and Malvern College. He joined the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry from the Militia in October, 1899, and took part in the South African War, in which he was employed with the Mounted Infantry, and was present at operations in the Orange Free State from February to May, 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein, Vet, and Zand River; in the Transvaal in May and June, again, from July to November, 1900; and a third time from November, 1900, to October, 1901, including actions near Johannesburg, at Pretoria, Diamond Hill, and Belfast. He was mentioned in Despatches ("London Gazette," 10th September, 1901); and received the Queen's medal with six clasps. He was promoted Lieutenant in May, 1901, and Captain in February 1909; and in December, 1911, was appointed Adjutant of the 3rd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. He held this appointment until March, 1915, when he rejoined the 1st Battalion, which formed part of the Vth Division.
Captain Hingston was well-known in Switzerland as a remarkably fine skier. In the winter of 1913-14 he won the British Ski-ing Association Cup at Wengen. He was also adept at ice-hockey, winning many trophies, and a keen lawn tennis player and golfer.
Writing after his death, a General Officer said: "I wanted, as Brigadier General Commanding the brigade, to tell you how very deeply and sincerely I sympathise with you in the heavy blow that has fallen upon you. Your husband belonged to a great regiment, which has given consistently splendid service throughout the campaign, and, if I may say so, he was one of the finest officers of a fine regiment. I had often spoken to your husband on the occasion of my frequent visits to the trenches, and had always been much struck by his earnestness and thoroughness and by the keen interest which he took in all matters relating to his company and his men. To them I know his loss is a severe one, as it is indeed to all of us."
Captain Hingston married, in November 1911, Essy, youngest daughter of the late Colonel William Charles Plant, Indian Army, and left no family.
De Ruvigny & Bond of Sacrifice
Born: October 25th 1894. Son of Col. E. A. P. Hobday, C.M.G. (Royal Artillery), and Mrs. N. Hobday (nee Pottinger), Glenshiel Inn, Victoria, B.C.
Modern III—Lower Modern I.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1914; Captain West Yorkshire Regt.
11th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
Architect in Victoria and Duncan, British Columbia where he also played cricket.
'He left School rather young, to go out to British Columbia, and the career which he had entered upon at School was interrupted just at the time when he was giving promise of prominence and usefulness. He had a special aptitude for games, and considerable intellectual power. After he had finished his education in British Columbia, he began work as an architect. He had much success in various forms of athletics, and was well known in the province. When war broke out he joined the first Canadian force that was raised, and came over to England in October 1914 with the first Canadian Contingent. When the new battalions of the West Yorkshire Regiment were formed, he was gazetted to one of these, and was thus one of the original officers, and he remained with this battalion till the time of his death. He saw much service in France, and gained rapid promotion. He was killed on June 7th 1917 when gallantly leading his men. His bravery and fine leadership had been conspicuous all the time that he was on active service. He was mentioned in despatches in Jan. 1917. The fine work he did in the action, in which he lost his life, was typical of his career as a man and a soldier.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Service record:WO 339/4691
Unit war diary:WO 95/2184/4
Son of Frederick and Bertha Hollins, of The Grange, Eastbourne. b. 1884.
Middle IV—Upper V. House Scholar. House Prefect.
Emmanuel College, Cambridge; B.A. 1906.
8th Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment).
'During the four years preceding the war he had been helping his father at The Grange, Eastbourne. In Sept. 1914 he joined the 9th King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.) and passed through the Staff College, Camberley, in May 1915- In the autumn of that year he was ordered to the western front, and was subsequently invalided home with enteritis. At the end of December he was attached to the 10th Battalion of his regiment at home, and in February 1916 was sent to Flanders, where he joined the 8th Battalion. He was wounded on March 2, and died on the following day. All he did both at work or play was done with keen enthusiasm and an entire unselfishness; he died as he had lived, "cheery and thinking of others to the last."' (Malvernian, Apr 1916).
He was well known in the Sussex Cricket club.
Son of J. Hopkinson, 36 Netherhall Gardens Hampstead. B. 1875.
Lower IV— Upper V. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football 1892,93; House XI Cricket.
Farmed for some time in Aberdeenshire; North of Scotland Bank, Elgin; Factor Drumtochty Estates; Lieutenant 6th Batt. Seaforth Highlanrs.
Great War: Lieutenant 4th Batt. Gordon Highlanders 1914; Captain.
'He joined the Gordon Highlanders from the Reserve of Officers having served formerly with the 6th Seaforth Highlanders. On September 25, 1915, he was in command of a double company, and had the honour of being selected to lead the attack. He had reached the third line of the German trenches, and was standing beside a captured gun when he was shot through the head by a sniper. We have had the privilege of reading many letters written by his fellow-officers and men, which testify alike to his universal popularity and his sterling qualities as a soldier. One quotation, however, will suffice: "He was one of the bravest men I ever fought beside, and his daring and courage, combined with his cool and collected behaviour during this very difficult operation, could not be excelled by the very bravest. His first thought was always for the pleasure and comfort of the men under him; and he was dearly loved by all." This is high praise; but his contemporaries who remember the boy on the football field and as Head of his House will recognise the man.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Service record:WO 374/34653
Transcript of unit war diary
Son of J. H. Horsley, Keyston Manor, Huntingdon, b, 1887.
Middle IV B—Modern II. House Prefect.
Formerly Sheep-grazer in New Zealand and Cattle Rancher in the Argentine; Farmer in England.
Great War (overseas), Captain East Yorkshire Regt.; Flying Officer 53rd Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and General List.
'He was a quiet steady boy who won his way to authority in the House and showed promise of developing into a valuable man. On leaving School he went out to New Zealand and later proceeded to the Argentine. When war broke out he was farming in England. He joined up at once and received a commission in the East Yorkshire Regiment. He went out to France in command of Trench Mortar Batteries. He had lately transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Below is an extract from a very detailed biography written by his great nephew Joe Horsley and kindly provided by Simon Hooper via email:
He served first with the East Yorkshire Regiment in Egypt, and then in France where he commanded his Brigade Trench Mortar Battery in the Battle of the Somme where he was awarded the Military Cross.
In the autumn of 1916 he joined the Royal Flying Corps, and returned to France in June 1917 and was killed a month later on the 2nd July 1917.
His Commanding Officer wrote:-
“He was escorting six planes on photographic duty, over enemy lines in Flanders when attacked: after seeing his escort into safety, he turned and attacked three German planes, when he was shot down, falling in “No Man’s Land”. His Observer was unconscious for three days but is recovering.”
His aircraft was a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 (serial no A3249).
There is a memorial at St John the Baptist, Keyston, Huntingdon.IWM
RAF museum story vault
Son of Clement Edward Hoyland, Stock Park, Ulverston, and Brinkworth Hall, Elvington, York. b. April 22nd 1895.
Middle IV B—Science II. House Prefect. Shooting VIII 1913,14.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 4th Bn. Attd. 9th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers 1914.
'A sound, reliable boy in every way, an excellent leader and a good shot, Hoyland was a splendid type of the "First Hundred Thousand." He secured a commission in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was reported wounded and Missing in October 1916, and is now assumed to have been killed.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Killed in action at Mouquet Farm, Thiepval.
Clock memorial at St Peter's Church, Finsthwaite, Cumbria.
Husband of Louisa Eddie (formerly Fraser).
Service record:WO 339/29979
Son of George Eden Hunt and Mrs. Eden Hunt, of 144, Coleherne Court, South Kensington, London and Wadenhoe, Northants. B. December 10, 1881.
Modern IV—Lower Modern I. XL Football; Ledbury Cap.
Northamptonshire Regt. (from Militia) 1903; Captain 1912; served with 3rd Battalion in South African War 1902, Queen's Medal and 2 Clasps.
On 16th Sept 1914 he was badly wounded in the back at the Battle of Aisne, during the afternoon, by a shell splinter, and sent home. "During this day [Aisne, 16 Sep 1914] we had still another severe loss amongst the officers, as poor "Mother" Hunt (Captain Ward Hunt) was badly wounded in the back during the afternoon by a shell splinter. One of the very best, I had known him intimately for several years with the 2nd Battalion when I was attached to it in 1910, and at the Depot when he was doing duty there. One of the world's most cheery souls, with a heart of gold, "Mother" was popular wherever he went." (2Lt EJ Needham's account).
On 25 Feb 1915 he returned to France, and on 9th May led an attack against German trenches at the Battle of Aubers Ridge, and although badly wounded he carried on and was killed. "The poor old boy went out again to the 58th in 1915 and was killed at Aubers Ridge on the fatal 9th May. A very great little gentleman and a really good friend." (2Lt EJ Needham's account). In The Battle of Aubers Ridge, 9th May 1915, the 2/Northants were in the Northern Pincer movement, and had 426 casualties that day, of which 12 were officers. More than 11,000 British casualties were sustained on 9 May 1915, the vast majority within yards of their own front-line trench.
Son of Gordon Merriman Huntly and Mary Adelina Huntly, of Grahamstown, South Africa, and Highclere, Victoria, S. Rhodesia, b. 18th June 1894.
Upper IV B—Lower Modern II.
In business in South Africa.
Great War, Private South African Forces 1914; Captain Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry attd Rifle Brigade.
'He left School at 16 to begin life in South Africa, and on the outbreak of war joined Prince Alfred's Guards, Cape Peninsular Garrison, and became Marine Gun Instructor. 'When the Corps was disbanded, he returned to England and received his commission in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, December 1915. He went to France in September 1916, and was invalided home, through an accident, in December 1916. He returned to France August 1917, had command of his Company, and was killed in action on September 20th, 1917. His Colonel writes: "He died at the head of his men in battle—a true soldier's death.”
He was one of those who never forgot Malvern in his distant home, but wrote constantly for news of the School, which he was never to see again.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
Service record:WO 339/50959
Son of Ven. Archdeacon Jeudwine and Harriet Elizabeth Jeudwine, Lincoln, b. 1895.
Lower Shell—Science I. O.M. Science Prize 1913,14.. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Offered place at Caius College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 2nd Bn Lincolnshire Regt. 1914, Captain.
'Jeudwine left in the summer of 1914, intending to proceed to Caius, Cambridge. Like many others, he found himself at once called to other and sterner duties, and obtained a commission in the Special Reserve of the Lincoln Regiment. He saw a good deal of active service on the Western Front, and was twice wounded—May 1915 and 1916. On the first day of the battle of the Somme (July 1st, 1916) he was in action with his regiment, and was posted at the end of the day as Missing. Nothing further having been heard, he is now presumed to have been killed in action: one of thirteen O. Ms. who fell on that fatal day. He was a boy of considerable intellectual capacity, with varied interests and a catholic taste for all literature.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
On the first day of the Battle of the Somme his battalion was ordered to attack the German held village of Ovillers-La-Boiselle. The battalion had 450 casualties, including 21 officers with him being among the 'missing'.
Detailed biography at Brighton College Remembers
Born 2 Dec 1894 in Shanghai. Son of John Clark Johnston and Frances E. Johnston, Oriental Club, London.
Upper V—VI. House Scholar. House Prefect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Heath Harrison Exhibitioner, Brasenose College, Oxford.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 1st/8th Bn. Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 1914, Captain.
Husband of Ethel M. Johnston, of Sellarsbrook, Monmouth.
'Few boys have made more friends at School than did Donald Johnston, his sunny disposition making him a favourite with all who knew him. Eye trouble during the last year of his School life prevented him from trying for a Scholarship; but in both work and games he played a prominent part in the life of his House. On leaving Malvern he entered B.N.C. Oxford, where he spent a year, during which he was cox of his College Boat, and he played cricket for the 'Varsity, only just missing his "Blue." On the outbreak of war he applied for a Commission, which he received in October 1914, being promoted to Captain five months later; in 1916 he was given a permanent Commission, but was wounded in September of that year and sent home on "sick leave." In June of the present year he returned to active service, but was seriously wounded in August; septic trouble supervened, and he died from heart failure on 13th September.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
He was seriously wounded during the attack on Hill 158 near Beugneux which commenced at 4.15am on 1st August 1918 and took place in dense fog, shell-smoke and mustard gas. He died of his wounds 6 weeks later.
Final Wicket By Nigel McCrery
Born 6th May 1881 at Madras. Son of Lieut.-Colonel E. E. Kenny (Indian Army), 1 Esmond Road, Chiswick, and Elizabeth Kenny, of Highlands, Roundham Hill, Paignton, Devon.
Army III—II. Exhibitioner. House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Hampshire Regt. 1900; West Yorkshire Regt. 1901; Indian Army (39th Garhwal Rifles) 1902; Captain 1909; South African War 1900-01, Queen's Medal with 4 Clasps.
After joining the Army he qualified as 1st class Interpreter in Russian, and also passed the Lower Standard in Persian with a view to becoming an interpreter.
He accompanied his regiment to France in October 1914, and led his men into a German trench at Neuve Chapelle where he was twice wounded, and then killed by a shot in the head.
Biography at IWM
Son of H. C. Knight, 1 Baron Grove, Mitcham. b. 1892.
Upper IV A—Upper Shell.
Great War, Captain 3rd Bn. attd. 1st Bn. East Lancashire Regt., Special Reserve.
The below unit war diary describes in great detail the operations of the 11th April where Capt H E C Knight is among the list of 'Missing'. 10 other officers and over 200 other ranks were also casualties (ie over a quarter of the battalion).
Unit War Diary:WO 95/3061/1
Son of Farquhar M. Laing, Farnley Grange, Corbridge-on-Tyne. b. 14th Nov 1889.
Middle V—VI. Minor Scholar.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 22nd (Tyneside Scottish) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers 1914, Captain.
Killed in action at La Boiselle on the Somme.
'As a boy he was shy and reticent, and did not distinguish himself greatly in the general life of the School. He joined a Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers in November 1914, and at the time of his death he commanded his Company. He was killed in action in July of this year.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Unit War Diary extract:
1st July 1916. 7.30am. The battalion moved forward to the attack on the enemy trenches south of La Boiselle. Heavy enemy gun fire was experienced but the Bn, less heavy casualties suffered, reached enemy 2nd line.
A small party proceeded toward the enemy 3rd line but had to retire owing to heavy enemy fire.
8am. Six separate attempts to rush our flanks were made by the enemy without avail.
12.45pm. Strength 7 officers and 200 other ranks.
10.15pm All ranks greatly in need of water and very much fatigued.
Service record:WO 339/18934
Unit war diary:WO 95/2463/1
Born June 30th 1887. Son of F . M. Laing, Farnley Grange, Corbridge-on-Tyne.
Middle IV B—Science Form.
He attended Armstrong College in Newcastle, where he studied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Engineering. He gained a BSc.
Great War, Captain 20th (Tyneside Scottish) Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers.
Husband of Edith Frances Laing, of 15, Kingsland, Jesmond, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Extract from unit war diary:
On the morning of June 6th 1917, the enemy were reported by the Royal Flying Corps to be holding the position with about twenty men, so it was decided to attack at once over the open, the men of No 1 and 3 Coys to assist by bombing along the trench. At about 2.30pm one of our light trench mortars opened a short burst of fire, and this attack was made as soon as the Stokes Gun finished firing. The enemy appeared to be taken by surprise as the whole position was captured with only slight resistance, although two officers and seventy two other ranks were taken prisoner, two light machine guns and one light trench mortar captured.
At 1am (on the 7th) the enemy launched a strong counter attack but only succeeded in getting to within twenty yards of our trenches with at least 400 casualties. Our casualties were very small.
Newcastle University memorial
Service record:WO 339/14775
Unit war diary:WO 95/2462/4
Born 24th Dec 1876 at 158 Queen's road, Bayswater. Son of Dr. and Mrs H. Lawrence, Cheltenham and 'Rahere', Babbacombe, Devon.
Army Side. School Prefect. Shooting VIII; House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; East Yorkshire Regt. 1898; Captain 1907; served with 5th Batt. Mounted Infantry in South African War 1902, Queen’s Medal with 3 Clasps.
Great War, 1st Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment; killed in action near Armentieres October 28, 1914; Despatches.
'From quite early days Bertram Lawrence showed special aptitude for the profession which he had chosen, and it was not difficult for those who knew him as a boy to forecast a successful career for him as an officer. He seemed to have then the true military instinct. What we have heard of him from time to time, since he got his commission, proves how fully early expectations have been realised. He did excellent work at the front up to the time of his being killed in action.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
He was shot by a sniper while cheering and leading his men to retake a lost trench.
Biography at IWM
Born 7th June 1893. Son of the late Sir Francis Ley, 1st Bart. and of Lady Ley, of Lealholm Lodge, Lealholm, Yorks. Born at Barrow-on-Trent.
Pembroke College, Cambridge.
'Christopher Ley, Captain Notts Yeomanry and R.F.C., was accidentally killed on March 16th, while taking part in an exhibition flight at Croydon. In August 1915 he went out to Gallipoli, where after two months' service he contracted typhoid fever, and spent some time in hospital. He then joined the R.F.C. and was wounded in an aerial flight in France last June, when his commanding officer wrote, in appreciation of his services, that he had proved himself a good pilot and a gallant fellow. He had just been passed as fit for service, and was on the point of returning to the front, when the accident happened which cut short his career. As a boy, he took a keen interest in all games, and was an excellent shot, being a member of the School VIII, and shooting at Bisley in 1911 and 1912. After leaving school, he went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, and in 1913 he formed one of the team of four which won the Veterans' Trophy for Malvern at Bisley. It will be remembered that his brother, Maurice, was killed in action in November 1914.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Norfolk Chronicle 22 March 1918:
'Captain C Ley RFC was killed while flying at Croydon on Saturday. While he was giving an exhibition flight in connection with the local Tank Day, he came down too low and his machine (Sopwith Camel B7462) struck the chimney stack of a house.'
Biography at nottinghamshire.gov.uk
Son of W. A. Lindsay, K.C., Clarenceux King of Arms, and Lady Harriet Lindsay, 17 Cromwell Road, b. 1876.
III—VI. Dowdeswell Prize. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football 1893,94; XXII Cricket; Shooting VIII (captain); Lieutenant in Corps.
Scholar, Clare College, Cambridge; BA. (Jun. Opt.) 1898.
Examiner Scotch Education Department 1899; Hon. Secretary O.M.F.C. 1900-08; Captain 1st/14th Bn. London Regiment (London Scottish).
Great War, mobilised 1914.
Husband of Helen Margaret Lindsay, of 7, Emperor's Gate, South Kensington, London.
'By the death of Francis Howard Lindsay, Malvern has lost a devoted son, the country has lost a loyal and gallant officer, and many people have lost a true friend. The same keenness which marked his life as a man was one of his chief characteristics when he was a boy at school. During his time here he strove with unfailing energy and enthusiasm to promote the interests of his house and the interests of the School. His efforts met with conspicuous success. He won considerable distinction for himself and much more for his house. He was prominent in every part of the life of the School. In football he did good service as a member of the XI, and he was one of the mainstays of his house team. As a cricketer and a fives-player he achieved considerable success at times. He shot for the School at Bisley on several occasions, and in the Corps he was a keen volunteer at all times, and in the latter part of his time he was a capable officer. His intellectual attainments, especially in mathematics, were considerable. After he left Malvern he showed his devotion to the School by the deep interest which he took in all that went on here, and he rendered most important services to the O. M. Football Club for a considerable period. He kept up his rifle-shooting and regularly attended the Bisley meetings, and sometimes shot with great success. But what claimed his chief attention and occupied much of his leisure time was the work connected with the Volunteer (or Territorial) Force. When he entered the Scotch Education Department in London he joined the London Scottish Corps, and he did good service to his country by helping to give the men of that force a sound physical and military training. Of his professional work in London a writer in the Scotsman says: "His administrative experience as an examiner in the Scotch Education Department was wide, and in 1912 he was selected to take special charge of the superannuation scheme for Scottish teachers—a new branch of work. It was a task for which his mathematical tastes and his habit of careful and conscientious work made him admirably fitted, and he threw himself into it with great zest. It is not too much to say that the teachers of Scotland owe him a substantial debt of gratitude for his unsparing labours which enabled him to overcome the difficulties which attended the new scheme." In 1914 he volunteered with his regiment for foreign service, and was severely wounded at Messines in November of that year. He was not fit again for foreign service till May 1916, when he went to France a second time. He was killed in action on July 1st. He was gazetted temp. Major a few weeks before.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Service record:WO 374/42209
Unit war diary:WO 95/2956/1 Trench Map
Son of H. M. Lloyd (O.M.), Delfryn, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire, b. 1893.
Lower V—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Football;
House XI Cricket.
New College, Oxford.
Great War (overseas), 2nd Lieutenant Herefordshire Regt.; Captain.
'Wymond Howard Lloyd was the son of an O. M. of the first generation, and entered Foster's house in 1907. He was a hardworking boy who reached the VIth and left as Head of his House with an excellent record. He went up to New College, and was reading for Greats and the Civil Service; but the wave of 1914 carried him off with all his friends, and he joined the Herefordshire Regiment, and went with them to Gallipoli in August 1915. He contracted enteric at Suvla Bay, and after a long illness revisited Malvern before re-joining for light duty. He was accidentally killed on the railway near Oswestry on March 19th, a day before his twenty-third birthday.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
He had served in Flanders and Gallipoli, and was at Oswestry awaiting a Medical Board review.
He had dismissed a platoon after a route march and was crossing the railway line when he was knocked down by a train.
He died in Oswestry Cottage Hospital from his wounds.
Newspaper article at Herefordshire Light Infantry museum.
Son of Colonel Lyster-Smythe, Barbavilla, Collinstown. b. 1897.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn Gordon Highlanders; Captain R.A.F.
'A keenness for all things engineering, and a thoroughly fearless disposition, marked him out for the Flying Corps. At first, however, he obtained a commission in the Gordon Highlanders, transferring later to the R.A.F., where he took part in the Palestine campaign and rose to the rank of Flight Commander. He was drowned, whilst bathing, at Jaffa, on June 19th.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
He was drowned while bathing at Jaffa.
Born 1 Dec 1879, Shanghai, China. Son of James and Jane MacKenzie, Daresbury, Malvern.
Junior School — Upper IV.
Seaforth Highlanders (from Militia) 1901; Captain 1911; South African War 1900-02, Queen’s Medal with 5 Clasps: Saxe-Ernestine Order 1907.
Great War, attached Gordon Highlanders.
Husband of Louise Scott MacKenzie, of 14, Paulton Square, Chelsea, London.
He was killed instantly by a shell at Hooge near Ypres on the 12th November 1914.
His recreations were golf and football, and he was a member of the Worcestershire Golf Club and Nairn Gold Club.
Born 28th November 1888. Son of James and Euphemia Carrick Barclay Martin, 10 Greenhill Park, Edinburgh.
Middle IV—Lower V. House Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Edinburgh University; B.A. (Honours in Law).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "A" Coy. 8th/10th Bn. Gordon Highlanders 1914; Captain.
'John Martin was one nothing can daunt. He of those cheerful, happy boys, whom took honours in Law at Edinburgh University and joined his father as a solicitor. In August 1914 he obtained a commission in the Gordon Highlanders, served for two years in the front line trenches, and was killed in the attack of April 9 when his regiment did so well. He had inspired his company with that confidence which only a brave man can do; their turnout and steadiness were admirable. He won the Military Cross (as already recorded) for the courage and ability with which he organised a trench raid. A keen, true-hearted sportsman in every way, he belonged to the best type of British Officer.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Service record:WO 339/11822
Son of Colonel J. McCleverty, Greycourt, Fleet, Hants, b. 1882.
Army III—I. Lambert German. House Prefect. House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; West Riding Regt. 1901; Indian Army (47th Sikhs) 1903; Captain 1910; South African War 1901-02, Queen's Medal with 5 Clasps.
Great War. Despatches.
'He was the third of four brothers here, all of whom later became members of the Indian Army. We print an extract from a letter written by his Commanding Officer, and it is sufficient to say of him that he died as he had lived—a soldier to the core and a type of all that is best in the British Officer. "He was killed in an attack on a village just after we had carried it with the bayonet. For the attack we were congratulated by Sir H. Smith-Dorrien for what he called 'magnificent behaviour'. Robert's leading all through was splendid, as cool as if engaged in manoeuvres, but inspiring all round him by his dash. He was killed close to me when leading the attack on through the village, killed instantaneously, shot through the head. I cannot express properly how all ranks in the Regiment grieve at his loss, the most popular of all and a splendid officer in every way."' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
Son of Ernest Louis Melly (Solicitor) and Florence Melly, of Highbury Bank, Meriden, Coventry, b. 1888.
Middle IV—Matriculation Class. House XI Cricket and Football.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 20th Bn. King's Liverpool Regt. 1914, Captain.
'As a boy here he threw himself whole-heartedly into the life of the School; his influence was entirely for good, and by his attractive character he made and deserved many friends. His later life was of a piece with his boyhood. He volunteered for service at the beginning of the war and received a commission in a Battalion of the Liverpool Regt. in Feb 1915. He was promoted Lieutenant in May 1915, and for the last month of his service had the command of a company. He was killed in action on July 30th, while gallantly leading an attack. His Colonel speaks of him as having been an excellent officer, who was beloved by his men and whose services in command were invaluable.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
'He was a keen cricketer, and was well-known in Coventry and the Midlands as a left half hockey player, playing for Warwickshire and the Midlands, and later for Yorkshire and the North. He joined as a private in August, 1914, received his commission in February, 1915, and was promoted lieutenant in May, 1915. ' (Liverpool Echo, "Roll of Honour. Casualties In Local Battalions", 7th August 1916 ).
Son of G. B. Michell, 11 Sackville Gardens, Hove. b. 1885.
Upper V—VI. House Scholar. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Major Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge; B.A. (First Class Class. Tripos) 1908.
Assistant Master at Lancing College and Bedales School.
Great War, Private Public Schools Batt. 1914, Captain Royal Fusiliers.
Killed in action March 12, 1918; Despatches.
'Noel Michell came to Malvern with a Scholarship in 1899. He was an interesting boy, of considerable ability, perhaps too independent and wayward to be very popular, but his character won respect, and he showed keenness for the House at football and otherwise. His Scholarship at Trinity, Cambridge, and his First Class in the Classical Tripos seemed to promise a successful career, and he did good work at Lancing and Bedales. When the crisis came, he obeyed the call to arms, and, like so many others, he has made the supreme sacrifice in the early promise of life.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
In a letter to The Editor of The Bedales Chronicle on 8th December 1915 he describes:
“This part of the line … is not one of the worst, except as far as mining goes. … Mining and counter-mining are perpetually going on, with the result that you never know when you and your men will be heaved up aloft or buried in the debris of an explosion. … Of course if you know where a mine is going off, you try not to be there, since, like hot-tempered teachers, they are apt to explode when you least expect them.”
He states the trenches which “in our sector of the line are habitually knee deep in mud”, and describes the rats, “of which unpleasant animals there are hundreds”. He is convinced that the British army is better fed and more supplied with ammunition than “the brutal Boche” and also has much more spirit, “joking and laughing all the time … from a profound lightness of heart, a sort of blessed cheeriness, which combined with their d.…d doggedness … will certainly win the war.”
Detailed biography at Bedales
Son of Dr. Milner-Moore and Caroline Marie M. Moore, of 81, Hartfield Terrace, Eastbourne, and The Quadrant, Coventry, b. 1885.
Modern II—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Engineer in India.
Great War (overseas), Captain Royal Engineers attd. East African Railways (Railway Corps.).
District Superintendent on Bombay and Baroda Railway.
Died at the British Base hospital, Mombasa of Tropical abscess of the liver and peritonitis.
Service record:WO 374/48530
Son of Colonel J. F. Morton, The Garden House, Mildmay Park, N. b. 1875.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Welch Regt. 1896; Border Regt. 1896; Captain 1906.
Despatches (2). 1st Bn. Border Regiment
Medal card: WO 372/14/114064
87 Brigade war diary: WO 95/4311
Son of J. H. Mullins, Rosapenna, Llanishen, Cardiff, b. 1893.
Modern III—Science Form.
Great War, Private 11th Batt. Welch Regt. 1914; Captain 10th York and Lancaster Regt.
'On the outbreak of war he joined the Cardiff "Pals" as a Private, and after three months was given a commission in the York and Lancaster Regiment. He went to France in 1915, and fought in the battle of Loos, after which he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He was invalided home in December, and went to the front again in May. ' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Son of Hon. H. Murray, C.I.E., C.B.E., Morleys, Henfield, Sussex, b. 1893.
Lower Shell—Army I. House Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
Great War 1914, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Engineers attd. 310th Bde. Royal Field Artillery, Captain.
Widow: Violet Alys Murray.
'George Murray will be remembered by many of his own time at Malvern as a happy-natured boy who had many friends and took an active part in the general life of the School. He did specially good service to his House in the football field, particularly under his elder brother's leadership. He had sufficient ability to enable him to reach a good place in the School. He worked for some time with a view to the India Woods and Forests Service, in which his father held a distinguished position, but a change in the regulations for admission to that service brought about a change of plans, and during the latter part of his time at School he was on the Army Side, preparatory to admission to Sandhurst. But he ultimately took up engineering, and when war broke out he was given a commission in the Royal Engineers. He did good service in France, and had the satisfaction of taking part in the recent triumphs of the Allied Armies.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Service record:WO 339/29382
Son of Sir Hugh Murray, CLE., Morleys, Henfield, Sussex, and Bramble Hill Lodge, Lyndhurst, Hants b. 1891.
Army III—I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XI Football. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1911; 61st Bty. 131st Bde. Royal Field Artillery; Captain 1915.
Great War. Despatches (2).
'He went to France with the Expeditionary Force in August, 1914, serving throughout the war until the day of his death in action. Originally appointed to the 46th Field Battery, he served during the early part of the war as orderly officer to the colonel of the brigade, and was subsequently transferred to J Battery, R.H.A., and later to the 61st Battery, R.F.A.
On the morning of September 25th, near Neuve Chapelle, whilst accompanying the advancing troops in order to find a new observing station for his guns, he was mortally wounded by a shell and was left behind during the subsequent retreat. He was mentioned in despatches in connection with the first battle of Ypres.
All who knew him when he was at Malvern will remember his radiant cheerfulness, his keen sense of humour, his readiness to help those who needed help, and his enthusiastic interest in the general life of the School. At the front he endeared himself to his Commanding Officer and to his men, by whom he has been spoken of with real affection.' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
Born 23rd March 1893. Son of Benjamin Arthur and Rosina Nathan, 36 Glenloch Road, N.W. and 22, Belsize Park, London.
Lower V—Lower VI. House Prefect. XXII Cricket.
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914; Captain 36th T.M. Bty. Royal Field Artillery.
'Percy Nathan was a boy who was much liked at school: he was trustworthy and sensible, with ability above the average, and showed promise as a cricketer. His school career was blameless, and his influence was always good. And he had character.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
He died of wounds received in action at No 61 Casualty Clearing Station, France.
Service record:WO 339/37484
Unit war diary (9th Bn Royal Fusiliers - wrong) :WO 95/1857
Son of Rev. E. R. J. Nicolls, Trowell, Nottingham, b. 1894.
Upper V—VI. Lea Scholar. Reading Prize. School Prefect. Head of House. Champion Athlete. XXII Cricket.
Exhibitioner, Hertford College, Oxford.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Sherwood Foresters 1914; Captain 11th Batt.
'He had been a year at Oxford when he volunteered for the war and received his commission in the Sherwood Foresters in September 1914. In July 1915 he went to Gallipoli and was severely wounded in action after the landing at Suvla Bay, in which he took part. He left England for another front last March, saw much fighting and was promoted Captain in July. Letters from officers in his Battalion testify to his courage and cheeriness, his regardlessness of self, and his admirable control of his company. It was while he was looking after his men in some captured trenches "won thanks to his leading," that he was killed by a sniper's bullet on October 1st.
In his early years at Malvern a sensitive nature and a certain veil of irony concealed the independence of view, force of will, and strength of character which came out later, when as Head of his House and as Champion Athlete he occupied a prominent position in the School. Intellectually, his abilities were not such as would have attained great success in the schools, but he had read widely in English and was genuinely fond of literature. He had a fastidious taste in music and possessed a well-trained and pleasing voice. There was in his speech and writing a humorous and epigrammatic quality which was the delight of his friends. To them he was unswervingly loyal; where his affection was enlisted, it knew no reserves. On all those who were privileged to share it the sense of loss weighs heavily.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Son of Henry Edward O'Neill, Pinehurst, Heathfield. b. 1815.
Bedfordshire Regt. (from Militia) 1896; Captain 1902; retired 1908; East Africa 1901—02, Despatches (2), Medal with Clasp; entered service of Colonial Office 1908; Assistant District Commissioner Uganda, 1910.
Great War, re-joined Bedfordshire Regt; Major Middlesex Reg.
Husband of Margaret Theodora O'Neill.
Citation to Military Cross: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in making a most daring personal reconnaissance of the enemy's wire. Accompanied by an N.CO, and two runners, he crawled through a gap in the wire and got in rear of the enemy's post. Finding it occupied by two of the enemy, he shot them in the legs with his revolver and took them both prisoners. He set a fine example of initiative and gallantry to his battalion'.
Son of Lieut.-Colonel Orde, Nunny Kirk, Morpeth, b. 1886.
Army III—I. Minor Scholar. House Prefect.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1907; Captain 1914.
Great War, Brigade-Major; M.C., Despatches.
'After passing out of Woolwich he was appointed to a Battery of the R.F.A., in which he served in England, South Africa, and India. In December 1914, he went with his division to France, and saw hard service in that country for more than a year, after which he was sent to another front. During his time in France he acted as Staff Captain, as temporary Brigade Major, and as Liaison Officer. In January, 1915, he was mentioned in despatches, and in the following December was promoted Major, and appointed to the command of a Battery. Last January he was awarded the Military Cross. He died on February 12th of wounds received the same day. As a soldier he was considered exceptionally efficient and admired for his invariably cheerful and courageous spirit. "He was," writes a brother officer, "the life and soul of the Brigade, and was literally loved by both officers, and men''—words, the reality of which will be readily understood by the many who shared his friendship here.' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).
Son of E. Oudin. b. 1891.
Upper IV A—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. Ledbury Cap.
Great War, Private Royal Fusiliers 1914; Captain Duke of Cornwall's L.I.
'At School he was a keen runner, a singer of some promise, and a boy of blameless character. He "came on" considerably during his last year, and it is no surprise to those who knew him that his record in the service is so distinguished.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
The Times: "Captain Oudin enlisted in the 2nd (City of London) Royal Fusiliers on August 5, 1914, and went to Malta with the regiment, returning in December to take up his commission. He went to the front in July 1915, and was decorated with the Military Cross for a conspicuous act of gallantry. The official report stated that when cut off in a bombing post with a machine-gun and a few men, he held his own under a very heavy bombardment, and, when attacked, successfully repelled the enemy. He received his Captaincy in July. He was killed in action on August 24th."
Born 4th April 1885. Son of Canon Thomas Percy and Patience Frances Sophia Pemberton, Gilling East, York, and Trumpington Hall, Cambridge.
Trinity College, Cambridge; "C" Sqdn. 2nd Life Guards 1909; Captain 1914.
Husband of Winifred Mary Colegate (formerly Pemberton), of 16, Prince's Gardens, London.
'He took his course at the Cavalry School at Netheravon 1911—12, and in May of the latter year was seconded as Cavalry Instructor to the Oxford and Cambridge O.T.C., but on the outbreak of the European War was recalled to his regiment; went to France with the Household Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division, Expeditionary Force, on 6 Oct. 1914, and was killed in action near Moorslede (between Roulers and Staden) 19 Oct. following.
The force against them being tremendous, the order to retire was given. They tried to bring Capt. Pemberton with them, but were unable to do so, and his body was never recovered. A Corporal of Horse in his regiment wrote: “It is unnecessary to say how much we boys regretted his death, for always he had proved himself one of the best, an excellent soldier and a grand leader, always thinking of others before himself and was always in the van.”
He was a fine all-round sportsman, a splendid cricketer, a keen huntsman, and a very good shot. And had a great natural and charming gift for music. He was a playing member of the M.C.C., also of the Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club, a vice-president and member of the Trumpington Cricket Club. He married at Hovingham Parish Church, 30 Apr11, 1912, Winifred Mary (Hovingham Hall, Malton), eldest daughter of Sir William Henry Arthington Worsley, of Hovingham Hall, 3rd Bart.' (De Ruvigny).
Son of E. Pembroke, 5 Vanbrugh Park, S.E. b. 1877.
III—Modern II. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Shipowner; served in the South African War, Captain 3rd Batt. West Kent Regt., Queen’s Medal with 2 Clasps; Captain 3rd Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers 1906; retired as Hon. Major 1913.
Great War, re-joined, Captain 10th Batt. Died September 7, 1916.
He married Mabel Francis Byng, daughter of Francis Russell Byng and Emily Mary Lambe.
'One of the first three boys to enter No, 7 when it was opened as a small house, Alfred Pembroke soon became popular with everyone. He never attained any great distinction either in work or games, but he was a singularly attractive boy, and he became a School Prefect and played for the house at cricket and football. He was always extremely keen on the Corps, and attended several camps. He left school early, being very anxious to join his father's business as soon as possible. A business career did not, however, suit him and he eventually joined the Army and served in the 3rd Battalion West Kent Regiment in the South African War. He became Captain in the 3rd Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers in 1906, and retired as Hon. Major in 1913. On the outbreak of war he at once joined up again, but his health, which for some time had been indifferent, completely gave way, and for some time before his death he was in a nursing home. He frequently visited Malvern in the last few years, and was 'always a very keen O. M. He died on September 7th, aged 38.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Born: November 2nd 1885. Son of Charles Aldcroft Phillips and Constance Phillips, Dildawn, Castle Douglas, Scotland.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1905; Captain 1914, 31st Bty Royal Field Artillery.
Great War, Despatches.
He was in hospital in Boulogne with stomatitis and was discharged from hospital on 22nd January 1915.
'He had been sent forward to our front trenches, his task being to control the fire of two batteries by telephone during an attack made by the Canadians. In the early morning of May 21, the attack being over, he was sleeping behind a haystack, when a shell burst immediately overhead and killed him instantly. His commanding officer writes: "Not only was he a very great friend of mine, but the most loyal, brave, and energetic of officers." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Service record:WO 339/6406
Son of Thomas Richards Phillips, and Annie Phillips, of 45, Park Place, Cardiff, and Sandown, Park Place, Cardiff, b. 1894.
Lower IV—Science I. House XI Cricket and Football.
Mining Engineer; 5th Batt. Welch Regt. (T.F.) 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Captain. 5th Bn. Welsh Regiment
'Two dominant characteristics of Glyn Phillips were industry and perseverance; whatever he took in hand he carried through by hard work and determination. So it was at School, and, on leaving the College he threw himself with the same vigour into the preparation for his life's work.
Always a keen member of the O.T.C., he at once responded to his country's call and became a very efficient officer. In 1915 he was sent to Gallipoli and took part in much hard fighting—through which, however, he passed unscathed. Afterwards he saw service in Egypt, but was invalided home last summer. Returning to Egypt at the beginning of this year he joined the Palestine expedition and fell in action before Gaza.
To his devotion to duty, cool courage, and kind thought for others, letters from those whom he led and from brother officers bear evidence, e.g., "The boys have lost a good commander and comrade, always ready to help and advise, one who would not ask any man to do what he would not attempt himself"; " He was dearly loved by all the men of the 1/5th Welsh Regt and to whom I believe I owe my life, viz., in saving me after being seriously wounded from the peril of a terrible gorse fire which was raging at that time',' " He was very good in action and did not hesitate to expose himself when necessary."' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Son of Major F. S. Picot, Junior United Service Club, S.W. b. 1889.
Army IV—I. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; West Yorkshire Regt. 1908; resigned 1910.
School of Mines, Camborne; with Eastern Smelting Company, Penang.
Great War, Captain. 14th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment).
He married Marjorie Putnam on the 29th of November 1912 in St. Jude's church, West Kensington, London, England.
They had one daughter, Caroline Fay Picot born on the 20th March 1914.
'After serving in the West Yorkshire Regiment for three years he spent three years at the Mining School, Camborne, and later became a manager of the Eastern Smelting Company, Penang. On the outbreak of the war he served with the Penang Volunteers, but feeling his services would be more valuable at home, returned, and was immediately given a commission and within a month promoted Captain. He again volunteered and was sent to the Dardanelles, and fell on July 11 while attached to the 5th Royal Scots.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
“He was a Captain in the 14th Sherwood Foresters but volunteered for active service, and took out six officers to the Dardanelles. He went straight into the trenches and took over command of the 1st Battalion 5th Royal Scots , which earned great glory with the 29th Regular Division – the Immortals. He commanded the Royal Scots in several attacks on Achi Baba and took and held two lines of trenches though the Turks attacked on three consecutive nights and at the end only 200 men and 6 officers were left. He was ordered to take his battalion on relief out of the trenches to refit and rest on the Beach. He did this safely on 11th July, 1915. On calling the roll he found some wounded men were out in the front. As the fire was heavy and the position very exposed, he said: “I will go out alone and search for them.” He never came back. He was found shot through the head, insensible, and died in half an hour. (Pinang Gazette).
“In his last letter to his father Capt. Picot said, “The fighting is very severe, losses very heavy, death on every side, but, strangely, death has no horror to me. I will hold on. The Turks will never take my trenches. I am only tired out. No sleep for three nights, fighting all the time for 18 days. I will never be a prisoner of war! I have had two periscopes smashed and more shaves of death than you would think possible.”
“Capt. Picot’s commander wrote to his father: “Your son was a brilliant soldier, a gallant officer and absolutely fearless.”
Detailed biography at sherwood-foresters.co.uk
Service record:WO 339/7192
Son of Major Preston, Swainston, Dunsany, co. Meath. b. 1885.
Army IV—I. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Cricket and Football.
3rd Durham L.I. 1904; Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1907; Captain 1914. Despatches.
'As Head of his House he proved a real leader, and put the greatest enthusiasm into all which he undertook.
At the outbreak of war he was ordered to Naas and afterwards to the Curragh, to raise the 6th Service Battalion of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, with which he proceeded to the Gallipoli Peninsular on July 9th. He took part in all the heavy fighting at Suvla Bay until August 15th, when he fell in the moment of victory.
An officer of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers wrote: "When the word came that we were to clear the ridge we fixed bayonets; then we all started together, Dublins and Munsters, John (Captain Preston) shouting 'Come on, boys.' They (the Turks) threw bombs and opened fire upon us as we neared the top, but we went straight on and rushed the trench. The Turks put up their hands. I saw John stop his men who were just going to bayonet a Turkish officer. As you know, he was my best friend, and was loved by everyone in the regiment, officers, N.C.O.'s, and men."' (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
Born on 12th Sept 1878. Son of T. T. Prince, Laurel Lodge, Barnet.
Emmanuel College, Cambridge; B.A. 1899; Manchester Regt. 1901; North Lancashire Regt. 1908; Captain 1912; Malay States Guides 1910-13; South African War 1901-02, Queen's Medal with 3 Clasps.
Great War. 1st Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Despatches.
He married Emma Caroline, daughter of William Beadell Bacon, Tunbridge Wells, and left two sons, Harold, born in November 1911, and Ralph Bacon, born in February 1914.
It was reported he was shot in the head but was too near the German lines to be reached.
Biography at IWM
Son of Dr. H. T. Pringle, Hawtree, Ferndown, Wimborne. b. 1884.
Lincoln College, Oxford; B.A. 1912.
Assistant Master, Stubbington House, Fareham, 1911; Suffield Park School, Cromer, 1913. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th E. Yorkshire Regt. 1914; afterwards Captain.
'He left School rather young to study medicine, but later on he decided to matriculate at Oxford. He was at Lincoln College, and took his degree in 1912. He then took up teaching as his profession, and at the time of the outbreak of war he was a master in a preparatory school at Cromer. He volunteered for service and was given a commission in the East Yorkshire Regt. (6th Battalion). He was promoted Captain in Feb. 1915. He was killed in action in the Dardanelles about the 8th of August. His career at School was too short to admit of his reaching a position of prominence, but his high principle and sense of duty won for him the esteem of those who came into contact with him.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
His battalion landed at Suvla Bay on 7 August 1915, and on the following day, the battalion was ordered to join 32 Brigade, near Chocolate Hill. Norman took command of C Company, and the battalion was ordered to attack the Turkish lines at Tekke Tepe. He was killed in action during this assault on 10 August 1915.
Biography at West Wales War Memorial Project
There is a memorial to him at St Davids, Preseli Pembrokeshire, Dyfed.Memorial details
Son of E. D. Prothero, Glenburn, Prestwick, Ayrshire, b. 1884.
Army III—I. School Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Cheshire Regt. 1903; Indian Army (90th Punjabis) 1905; Captain 1912; in Civil Employment, Burma Commission.
Great War, 90th Punjabis attd. Indian Political Department. Despatches.
'He was a boy of marked ability, who would have gone far in the sphere of work which he had adopted. We well remember the interesting account which he gave us of it all during a visit which he paid us some few years ago.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Son of A. B. Rathbone, Red Gables, Formby, Liverpool, b. 1884.
Lower V—VI. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; XL Football; Shooting VIII.
Oriel College, Oxford; B.A. 1905. Played Golf for Oxford against Cambridge.
Formerly Schoolmaster; subsequently Actor.
Great War, enlisted 1914; Captain 11th Bn. attd. 7th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment; Despatches.
Married Theodora de Selincourt, 22nd October 1910.
Daughter: Pamela Joyce Rathbone, born 25th November 1912.
Address: 107 Haverstock Hill. NW.
'After a short time spent as a schoolmaster, he joined the Benson Company, and, making rapid progress as an actor, had played important parts on the London stage with marked success. In February 1915 he was given a commission in the 11th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, becoming Lieutenant in August and Captain in November. Sent out to Gallipoli, he took part in the evacuation at Suvla Bay. He was reported as having been killed on April 21st. The curtain has fallen on an artist who gave promise of reaching a foremost place in his profession, but we think rather of the man who never lost his boyish charm of manner and character, and of the home which is bereft of a strong and lovable personality.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Service record:WO 339/32752
Unit war diary:WO 95/5158/1
Son of T. B. Reed, Broughenlea, Ballycastle, Ireland, b. 1886.
Upper V—Army I. House Scholar. House Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst 1904; Dorset Regiment 1905; Indian Army (67th Punjabis) 1906; Captain 1914.
Great War (overseas). Despatches.
'He was killed in action near Neuve Chapelle on March 12th. A fellow officer writes: "The attack went in under very heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, and all the British officers taking part in it were killed or wounded. Captain Reed was left the only officer with the regiment. He was wounded in the arm in advancing and was brought back under cover. He insisted on leading the men again, and got into the trench which was his objective, and was killed by a bullet in the heart as he got there. There is no doubt that he behaved with exceptional gallantry, and we must be very proud of him." ' (Malvernian, Apr 1915).
Son of J. W. Richards, 7 Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin, b. 1891.
Modern III—Matriculation Class.
Trinity College, Dublin; Gold Medal and First Place Final.
Examination Law Society. Great War, Captain 6th Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Killed in action in Gallipoli, August 15, 1915; Despatches.
'At School he never took a very prominent position being of a retiring nature, but he was all the time laying in a store of character which asserted itself, when the time came, in a very remarkable way.
As an officer he showed quite unusual promise, and won the affection and respect of officers and men alike. His Commanding Officer writes: "The regiment in conjunction with some Munsters had just made a brilliant charge and captured the position. When on it, I asked your son to take some men along the ridge and make good the eastern end of it. Just as they were doing so a bomb was hurled over the crest hitting your poor boy on the head. He died instantly. To me personally your son is a terrible loss. He had been Adjutant for several months and right well he did his work. No boy could have done more." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Born 30th March 1887. Son of Joseph Ridley Shield and Mary Octavia Shield, Cardew, Alresford.
Lower V—Middle V.
Solicitor with Pugh & Co., Calcutta.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 1914. 4th Bn. Highland Light Infantry attd. 51st Division H.Q. Staff; afterwards Staff Captain. M.C.
The Times: "He obtained a commission in the Highland Light Infantry in September 1914, was afterwards appointed Staff Captain, and went through the fighting at Ypres, and was sent to the Staff College in France. On leaving that he was appointed to a Divisional Staff. He was mentioned in despatches in 1915, and was afterwards awarded the Military Cross, He was killed on October 7th." His contemporaries at Malvern will read this record with pride. He threw himself heart and soul into his soldier life, and his General saw in him great abilities which combined with intense application and modesty would have carried him far. (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Service record:WO 339/20657
Son of G. Riley, Oakfield, Walton-on-Thames. b. 1891.
Upper IV B— Lower Modern I. House XI Football.
Great War, Private A.S.C. 1914; Captain 1918.
'George Riley was a most cheery, good-natured boy, who won a host of friends. He played football with great vigour: in fact, there were no half measures in anything he took up. After leaving School he travelled in Africa for a year, and on returning home started his studies in engineering, in which profession he was engaged when war broke out. The same month he enlisted in the Mechanical Transport Section of the A.S.C., and soon rose to be senior Sergeant. He obtained his commission early in 1915, and shortly afterwards proceeded abroad. In January 1916 he was gazetted into the Regular Army and received his Captaincy. The following year he was mentioned in despatches. For a year before his death he acted as Adjutant, and it was while in his motor-car attending to his duties that a piece of shrapnel from a shell dropped fifty yards away struck him, causing the injuries from which he died.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Son of E. W. H. Ritchie, Buckshurst, Dorking, b. 1896.
Upper IV B.
Great War 1914-19 (overseas). Captain R.A.F.
'He was only at, Malvern one term. He served originally in the Royal Naval Air Service, and at the time of his death was a Captain in the R.A.F. He was killed on April i6th, 1919, while flying from H.M.S. Argus in the Firth of Forth.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Born 20 April, 1884. Son of Arthur Robinson, Lawrence Weston, Henbury, Bristol.
Modern IV—II. House Prefect. House XI Cricket.
Husband of Ruth Douglas Robinson, of Helenslee, Dumbarton.
Great War, Private 1914, afterwards Captain 12th Batt. Gloucester Regt.
'As a boy at School he pursued the even tenor of his life, not marked by any great school honours, but one in which he was very popular. At the outbreak of war he joined the Gloucester Regiment, in which he held the commission of Captain. He died of wounds received in France on September 10th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
'Director in the firm of E. S. & A. Robinson, Bristol; enlisted as a Private at the commencement of the war of 1914, and was quickly promoted Corpl.; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 12th Gloucester Regt. in Nov. 1914; obtained his Captaincy 16 Nov. 1915; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from Nov. 1915; was shot through the lungs 3 Sept., while leading his company at the taking of Guilllemont on the Somme battle-front, and died in a Clearing Hospital, France, 10 Sept 1916, of his wounds.' (De Ruvigny).
Son of J. Rodgers (O.M.), 14 Endcliffe Avenue, Sheffield, b. 1896.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "D" Coy. 2nd/4th (Hallamshire) Bn, York and Lancaster Regt. 1914, Captain. M.C.
'After leaving School, John Rodgers spent several months in Dusseldorf. On his return from Germany he entered his father's business at Sheffield, but when the war broke out he promptly joined up. He had a long and varied experience of fighting on the Western front, and took part in many of the biggest battles from 1915 up to the day of his death. In the action in which he fell his battalion had made an advance when the enemy made a counterattack, and it was during this attack that he was killed by a machine-gun bullet. He had proved himself to be an excellent soldier, and well deserved the high praise given to him by his Colonel, who said of him that, if he had lived, he would have undoubtedly received a decoration. Those who knew John Rodgers at School had the greatest admiration for his high principles and blameless character. He would have made an excellent prefect, and his House was all the poorer that he left comparatively young.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Son of R. N. Rogers, Carwinion, Falmouth, b. 1886.
Middle V—Matriculation Class. Minor Scholar. House XI Football.
Solicitor 1910; Lieutenant Cornwall R.G.A. (T.F.) 1906.
Great War, mobilised 1914 (overseas).
'He joined Duke of Cornwall's R.G.A. in 1906, and had been gazetted Captain. He died in consequence of a motor accident at Lydd on April 9th'. (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Son of Archibald C. C. Rogers (Public Works Dept., India), and Jennetta Rogers, of 5, Eaton Place, Fisher St., Paignton, Devon and The Haven, Paignton, b. 1883.
Junior School—Army Side. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Duke of Cornwall's L.I. (from Embodied Militia) 1901; Captain 1912; M.V.O. (Member of the Victorian Order) 1910.
Great War, 2nd Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
He obtained his commission from the Militia in 1901 and his captaincy in 1912. In 1908 he was A.D.C. to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Bermuda, and from 1908 to 1910 served as A.D.C. to the General Officer Commanding, N. Army, India. (Malvernian, March 1915).
Son of Wyndham and Constance Rushbrooke, of Nowton Cottage, Bury St. Edmund's and Rushbrooke Hall, Bury St. Edmunds, b. 1892.
Middle IV B - Upper Modern II. School Prefect. XI Football; XXII Cricket.
Cadet, British North Borneo Civil Service, 1913; Lieutenant 3rd Batt. Suffolk Regt. 1912.
Great War, Captain. 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. and 1st Bn Suffolk Regiment.
'As a boy he was singularly free from self-assertion, and had that rare power of sympathy which made others show him their best. He played all games well, and in the true sporting spirit. He was made a School Prefect while still young, and his early departure was a loss to the School. He joined the Special Reserve with a view to taking a Commission in the Army; but a good opening offered in Borneo, and he joined the Civil Service there in 1913. When war broke out he was not released for military service, but in 1915 he resigned his position, and came home to re-join the Special Reserve. He was sent to Flanders at once, and was reported "missing" after an attack in the summer. He is now officially declared killed, and his loss will be deeply regretted by Malvern friends.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
This officer was wounded on the 24th May at Hooge Chateau on the right of Ypres. Could not get away. He possibly might be wounded and prisoner of war. Was wounded by machine gun fire.
'At Zillebeke on Whit Monday he was killed during an attack and was left between our trenches and those of the enemy. We had to retire 400 or 500 yards. Did not actually see Capt Rushbrooke killed but there are others who did, and it is pretty certain that he is dead'. (Extract from statement made by Sergeant Farman).
'On Whit Monday May 24th 1915, we were ordered at 2am to move up from billets to join Divisional reserve. We moved about 2.5 miles up the Vlamertinghe Ypres road & awaited orders.
At 11am we received orders to reinforce Cavalry who had been gassed; we arrived at G.H.A. lines at 3pm and the Northumberland Fusiliers & Cheshires were front line supported by Welsh Suffolks, under command of Major Toke (Welsh Regt).
During the second line advance A & B companies were in front. After advancing about 700 yards we were ordered to fix bayonets & Capt Rushbrooke asked me to get him a rifle & bayonet, which I did.
When the line halted Capt Rushbrooke said that he would go & find Major Maycock who was in command, as he was not satisfied that we were going in the right direction, leaving his rifle & bayonet with me.
After waiting about 5 minutes, I saw the line move & I advanced with them, thinking that Capt R. had joined his company & given the order to advance.
I have not seen him since, & in my opinion he is undoubtedly killed. The attack was not a success and we had to retire.' (Edward C.S.M. 'A' Company).
Marble memorial at St Nicholas Parish Church, Rushbrooke
Service record:WO 339/9127
Born 8th November 1890. Son of Thomas B. and Harriette Rutherfoord.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Border Regt. 1910; Captain 1915.
Great War, 1st Bn. attd. 6th Bn. Border Regiment.
Brother of Miss M F Rutherfoord of Itchen Abbas, Winchester, Hampshire.
'He left school rather young and before reaching a position of authority. He was a bright intelligent boy, and though not very robust physically, he showed considerable courage and determination in all that he undertook. He was killed at the Dardanelles about the 9th of August.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
'He was shot first in the hand and then in the head and killed on the ridge to the left of Chocolate Hill about 5 o'clock in the morning of August 7th. Lieut Gillbank & McCausland were killed at the same time & place. There were only nine men at this particular spot and they were unaware that the battalion had retired.
Witness says that only two men got back and he (witness) was one of them.' (Testimony of Private Boardman, Border Regt, Grand Hotel, Helouan, 15th October 1915).
Below is an extract from the Unit War Diary:
'9th August 1915. At 1.45am the Battn left bivouac & marched to Yilghin Burnu reaching positions for deployment just north of this point at 5am.
The advance started about 5am. The advance proceeded in a satisfactory manner till 6.30am, the firing line reaching the nalla near Ismail Uglutepe. The left at this junction about the region of Kanli Keupru Dere was driven in, the enemy coming on to Hill 70 & the heights of Abrijka thereby enfilading the left of the Battn attack. A & B Companies were now pushed into the firing line. Battn Headqrs were formed along the road just north of Tordut Chesme, a very heavy enfilade fire from enemy machine guns was experienced & the firing line became divided into isolated groups, no supports coming up. A further retirement on the left caused the Commanding Officer to collect as many men as he could along the road about Tordut Chesme. The line was held all day until 5pm. A large number of men had been killed & wounded along the line by machine guns. At 5pm the remainder of the Battn retired about 150 yds & occupied an old trench & dug in.
Casualties being Officers: 12 killed, 4 wounded & 1 missing. 20 officers started the attack.
Rank & file: Killed 26, wounded 241, missing 131. 696 men started in the morning.'
Memorial at St John The Baptist, Itchen Abbas, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Service record:WO 339/7744 Unit War Diary page 1 Unit War Diary page 2
Son of Mrs. Scott, b. 1891.
Lower IV—Army I. Senior Chapel Prefect. XI Football 1907- 09 (Captain); XI Cricket 1909,10. Cadet Officer.
Sugar Planter and Farmer.
Lieutenant 6th Batt. Worcestershire Regt. (T.F.) 1912.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Captain.
'He was killed near Ypres in a night attack while leading his men into action. A boy of singularly handsome appearance and charm of manner, he was one of the best known and most popular of later Malvernians. It is certain that he was equally popular in his Regiment, for his Sergeant writes: "If any man could give his life to fetch him back he would be back at once. There is no doubt he was one of the best, and that is not the opinion of his platoon but of the whole Battalion." A fine epitaph this! His simple, generous, loyal character gave him quite an extraordinary influence during his last year or two at School.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Born February 14th 1888. Son of Sir Montague Shearman (Mr. Justice Shearman) and of Louise Lady Shearman, of Leigh House, 6, Eaton Gate, Eaton Square, London, and 26 Evelyn Gardens, S.W.
Middle IV B—Upper Shell. School Prefect. XI Football.
Clare College, Cambridge; in business.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914; Captain 2nd. Bn. Royal Scots.
'Val Shearman has not long survived his great friend Hedley Cuthbertson. At school he was a great favourite, always amusing and cheerful, with a droll humour that was quite irrepressible. He had rather uncertain health, or he would have been even a better athlete than he was. A certain lack of the sense of responsibility remained with him for a long time, but he was sound at the core, and has proved his sterling worth in the hour of supreme trial.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
On the 15th November 1915 at Ypres, 'He was thrown owing to his horse bolting, (the animal had been hit by a shell), & collided with a motor lorry. He sustained a fracture to the right clavicle, and to the left tibia.'
On the 1st Feb 1916, the medical board at Caxton Hall in London found that he was fit for light duty without route marching.
'Esmery. Lannoy Farm. 25.3.18 About 11am the battle developed along the whole front, but a strong resistance was made, though the position was heavily enfiladed by machine gun and field gun fire. Two rallies were attempted but nothing could be done, & the elements withdrew by Solente to Roieglise.' (Unit War Diary).
Service record:WO 339/48295
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2340/1
Son of G. F. Simms, Farlands, Stourbridge, b. 1897.
Modern III—Matriculation Form. House Prefect. Gymnasium IV. Flight Sub-Lieutenant R.N. 1916; Captain R.A.F.
Great War (overseas), D.S.C.
'In June 1916 Leslie Simms received a commission in the R.N.A.F., and in the following year was awarded the D.S.C. for valuable services in home waters. He became Flight Lieutenant and an Instructor. Later he was transferred to the Experimental Construction Department. At the time of his death he was expecting orders to proceed to the front. He had repeatedly applied to be sent overseas, but his services were required at home. He was killed while flying on July 14th. The keenness, splendid nerves, and absence of fear, which he proved himself to possess throughout his School career marked him out for the Air Service. He became a keen and daring officer, and was regarded as a Flying Officer who was likely to make a name. Many will grieve for the loss of a true friend and brave man.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Born May 23rd 1889. Son of Francis Paul Smith, Greystone, Dale, Haltwhistle.
Modern III—Lower Modern I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 11th Bn. Border Regiment. 1914, Captain.
'Raymond Smith was loved by all who knew him. His influence was always for good: he was a very faithful O.M., and there never was a keener man in whatever he took up. His character was transparently sincere and attractive.' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
'Authille Wood. 1/7/16. Zero time 7.30am. Battalion advanced from assembly trenches at 8am and came under very heavy machine gun fire suffering over 500 casualties. Captain R Smith was one of ten officers killed.' (Unit War Diary).
Service record:WO 339/21844
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2403/1
Born: December 27th 1895. Son of Herbert Stanley Stone, M.D., and Kate Stone, Beechwood, Reigate.
Army III—I. School Prefect. XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. Worcestershire Regiment 1914; Captain 1917. M.C., Despatches (2).
He was a contemporary at Malvern of C. S. Lewis, who wrote home to his father in October 1913: 'The mother of Stone .. has died this week and he has consequently gone home. It is a very nasty business.' C. S. Lewis also served in the trenches and was wounded in April 1918.
He was wounded by a bullet which passed through his left arm on the 9th September 1915 at Hooge.
He was again wounded in 1917 by a gunshot wound in the left leg.
'Noel Stone was a very attractive and blameless boy at School; his career was successful in every way, and he was both liked and respected by all, though somewhat undemonstrative. He represented the School with credit both at cricket and football. When he entered the Army (his chosen profession) he soon showed himself a worthy representative of Malvern in the splendid county regiment. His Military Cross, finely won, gave promise of even greater things. Dis aliter visum (It seemed otherwise to the Gods)'. (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Service record:WO 339/23639
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1723/1
Son of E. B. Thomson, M.D., Norbiton House, Plymouth, b. 1890.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class.
Studied Medicine and Engineering.
Farmer in Queensland.
Great War, Private Inns of Court O.T.C.; Lieutenant Somerset Yeomanry.
'After leaving Malvern he wished to go abroad at once, but, in deference to his parents' wishes (who wished to keep him in England) he studied for a time for the medical profession, and afterwards for a year at University College, with a view to electrical engineering. The work not being congenial to him, he eventually joined a friend farming on Darling Downs in Queensland. When war was declared he paid his own passage home to join an English unit. He first tried to join a Cavalry Regt., but finally joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., in January 1915, and got his commission with the West Somerset Yeomanry in April of the same year. He was with them in Gallipoli as Signalling Officer till the evacuation. After a bout of jaundice and fever, at Malta, he was stationed in Egypt where he was employed as Signalling Instructor. There, in October 1916, he developed appendicitis and was operated on in Cairo. In February 1917 he re-joined his regiment, which moved up with the Palestine advance, and was there till the 7th Division was moved to France. He was promoted Captain in September 1917, and went back to France, where he was killed. His parents have received letters from his General (Maj.-Gen. Birdwood) and his Commanding Officer, in which they bear testimony to his great ability, courage, and inspiring leading. "There was no finer example of pluck and devotion to duty than those displayed by your son. He was admired and beloved by all who knew him," writes the General. He was recommended for gallantry in action.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
Son of Percy Wright (Retired Farmer) and Annie Rebecca Thorniley, Shooter's Hill, Wem, Salop, and Hole Head, Dawlish, Devon. b. 1896.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. Head of House. XXII Football.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Manchester Regt. 1914, Captain.
'Upon leaving Malvern, Arthur Thorniley was almost at once gazetted to the Manchester Regiment; and after spending a short time in training in England, he went out with his battalion to France in November 1915, and was made a Company Commander in the following year. From the first he proved himself an excellent officer, and, after being wounded in November 1916, was awarded the Military Cross in the New Year's Honours Lists this year. At the time of his death he was acting Major, and had gained the esteem of all who were working with him. His Colonel writes: "He was positively one of the bravest of the brave, and a fine example of one who was able to pull himself together, and go again into a fight as if it was the first time. In this he was a valuable asset to the Battalion; though so young, he had great capacity for command, and exerted it to my entire satisfaction. In action he was always not only brave but wonderfully cool, and his reports to me of passing events were unusually lucid. In regard to the details of his death, I hear, in having gained his objective, he went up to where two Germans, who had surrendered and were 'hands up" were standing, and that then a third German shot him. This act was then and there avenged, for his men simply bayonetted every man they saw. I can well understand how they felt, for every man in the battalion knew what his loss meant."' (Malvernian, Mar 1917).
Son of Colonel Tomes, Abbotsleigh, Bristol, b. 1884.
Modern III—Army I. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Lieutenant Unattached 1905; Indian Army 1906; Captain (53rd Sikhs) 1914; N.W. Frontier of India 1908, Medal with Clasp.
Great War, attached 5th Gurkha Rifles.
'The officer commanding another native regiment writes: "The whole of the officers of my regiment were killed or wounded, and he was sent up to take my place. He was really attached to the 1/5th and not to us, but we had nobody left, and the General thought someone must go up. He came to see me before he went out, and said that he would do his best to get the regiment safely out of the precarious position they were in. The regiments on the right and left had retired and left them greatly exposed. Within 10 minutes of getting up he was killed."' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Born 16th August 1885. Son of Charles Tuff, J.P. (formerly MP for Rochester) and Marian Tuff (nee Gill), Westfield, Singlewell, Gravesend.
Army IV—I. School Prefect. XI Football 1902,03; Shooting VIII; Lieutenant in Corps.
Farmer of Coombe Manor near Rochester; Lieutenant 3rd Batt. Royal West Kent Regt. 1914.
Great War, mobilised 1914; Captain. "D" Coy. 3rd Bn. Attd 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
He joined the battalion in the Field on the 2nd December 1914.
He returned from leave on the 1st March 1915, was sick with Dyspepsia on the 14th March, and rejoined the battalion 10 days later on the 24th March and took over command of D Company.
He was shot through the head and killed instantly at about 3am while leading his company in the attack on Hill 60 near Zillebeke on the night of April 18th-19th. His body was seen in the left crater by 2nd Lieut Doe who wrote 'I never saw such a sight as at that left crater. Hardly a portion of ground could be seen for dead and seriously wounded men who could not be removed owing to the communication trench being blocked with wounded.' He was among six officers killed on that night in his battalion.
'He was killed at Hill 60, near Ypres, on April 18th. A boy of strong sturdy character, who was farming in Kent at the outbreak of the war. He received a commission in the East Kents, and after some months of service was killed in action at the head of his company.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
He was previously commemorated on the Ypres Menin Gate memorial (P 45/47) but his grave has now been found as per below:
'Captain Tuff is now known to be buried in Oosttaverne Wood Cemetery. His remains were found on Hill 60 after the Great War and moved there. The grave was marked as being that of a Captain of the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Two researchers noticed this grave and independently submitted enquiries to CWGC hoping to have identified this as being Captain Tuff’s grave. The case then came to JCCC for final adjudication.
A rededication service will be held at the graveside on 14 May 2019.' (Information kindly provided via email in January 2019 by Rosie Barron of the Joint Casualty & Compassionate Centre at the Ministry of Defence.)
Service record:WO 339/28442 War diary extracts
Unit war diary Mar-May 1915:WO 95/1553/3 , Extract
1914 Oct 1 - 1915 Feb 28: WO 95/1553/2
1914 Aug 1 - 1914 Sept 30: WO 95/1553/1
Son of J. Walter Tyacke, Tenderah, Helston. b. 1883.
Solicitor (Honours) 1907. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Duke of Cornwall's L.I. 1914; Captain. 5th Bn. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
Husband of Phoebe Mary Cicely Tyacke, of Breage Vicarage, Helston, Cornwall.
Children: David Neal Hugh Tyacke and Stephanie Constance Phoebe Tyacke.
'His life at Malvern was uneventful as far as School records go. His heart as a boy was mainly with his Cornish home surroundings. He followed the traditions of his family—an old Cornish family—in being exceedingly tall, and Nature seemed to have exhausted herself under the effort, as far as School contests were concerned. But the spirit was willing enough, as he showed by taking a commission in his County Regt., the D.C.L.I., the first week that war was declared.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
In the church of St Breaca in Shute Hill, Cornwall, there is a stylised brass plaque which states he fell in action near Verlains, Ham.IWM Plaque
Service record:WO 374/70096
Son of Colonel J. G. and Louise Uppleby, 32 Leinster Gardens, W. Born 26th Jan 1883.
Army II—Modern I. Ledbury Cap.
Underwriter at Lloyd's.
Great War, Private Royal Fusiliers; 1914; 2nd Lieutenant 12th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment.
'When he first came to Malvern he was intended for the Army, but eventually changed on to the Modern Side, and on leaving became a member of Lloyds', where he was working when the war broke out. He will, perhaps, be best remembered for his running. He was overshadowed by Barnes and Warlock, but in style he was infinitely superior to either of the others. In September 1914 he joined a battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, and was on active service in France for six months. Being offered a commission in February 1916, he joined a battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment. He was wounded in October 1916 and invalided home till March 1917. Since then, till the time of his death from wounds on February 9th, he has continued on active service. Of a quiet and retiring disposition, he was universally popular amongst Malvernians of his time, and his death will bring grief to all who knew him.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
'He sustained gunshot injuries to both legs on the 15th of October 1916 and was evacuated to England from Boulogne on the 18th of October on board the St. Denis,
landing at Dover the following day. He relinquished the rank of Acting Captain on the 19th of October 1916 upon ceasing to command a company.
On the 27th of November 1916 a Medical Board was convened at Millbank which reported the following:
“He is suffering from the effects of gunshot wounds of right and left legs. The wound of right leg has quite healed, that of left leg is still open but doing well.”
He joined the 7th Battalion of his regiment in the field on the 8th of February 1918, and was wounded the following day when his billet in the Rue de Bataille was hit by a shell. He died later in the day at the 38th Field Ambulance, Advanced Dressing Station.' Lloyds
Son of Colonel H. A. Vincent, Inverdon, Ayr. b. 1884.
Modern III—Army IV.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; The King's Liverpool Regt. 1903; Indian Army (33rd Punjabis) 1908; Captain 1912.
Great War, died of wounds received at the battle of Loos, October 1, 1915; Despatches.
‘He took part in the Battle of Loos 25 Sept 1915, when the Bareilly Brigade (of which the 33rd Punjabis was a unit) captured the German trenches at Fauquissart; was seriously wounded in the lungs by a bullet while gallantly rallying his men against a strong German counter-attack, and died as result of his wounds on 1 Oct. 1915. Buried Merville, France. His Commanding Officer wrote: “The very high opinion I had of your son and the great esteem and affection he was held in by everybody . . . He was an untiring worker, and most unselfish and self-denying. . . . Above all, he was a perfect gentleman in the very best meaning of the word,” and other: “I commanded his regiment for nearly a year and saw much of him. I know what a splendid officer he was and how conscientious and hard-working. A thorough gentleman in every sense of the word and a very gallant soldier. His loss will be very much felt in the regiment.” “I personally only saw him for a few minutes during the action, when he was behaving with the greatest gallantry — as all of us who knew him expected he would. . . . I cannot tell you how grieved we all are. . .. He was respected and loved by everyone in the regiment. I would like you to know he will be very sorely missed, and that we all admired and loved him.” A finer and more loyal character I have never met, His devotion to duty was almost a by-word in the regiment. . . . He died as he had always lived—a very gallant gentleman.”' (De Ruvigny).
Son of Hugh Davison Wadham and Mabel Emily Wadham, Thamesfield, Shepperton. b. 1891.
Upper IV B—Army II. House Prefect. 5th Batt. K.R.R.C. 1911; Royal Flying Corps 1912; Hampshire Regt. 1914.
Great War, Captain R.F.C. Killed in action January 17, 1916. Despatches.
15th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment.
One of the 34 Pilots who flew from Salisbury Plain to France on 12th Aug., 1914; attached, at that time, to the 3rd Sqdn.
'Vivian Wadham at School was exactly the boy qualified for a flight officer, if the R.F.C. had then existed. He was an excellent Rugby half-back in the first year of the game here, when every player was a law unto himself. He was never known to save himself at another's expense, and was far more ready to pay in his own person for another's faults. He was prepared for the Army, but for a time followed other pursuits, perhaps influenced by the neighbourhood of Brooklands. He entered the R.F.C. in 1912; his success came immediately, and he was the first Malvern boy to distinguish himself in air fighting. Many daring flights were credited to him in 1914, one of which led to his mention in despatches, January 1915. Then he had the fall which was said to have crippled him. But his vitality triumphed, and he lived to do more good service, and at last to give his own life, when he was killed in action over the German lines.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
He was brought down in BE2c nr.2105 near Passendale, probably by Warrant Officer Krause and Leutnant von Lersner of Kagohl 1.
He was killed, and his observer, Sergeant Piper was taken prisoner. Further details including photo of his crashed plane at greatwarforum
Son of W. J. Watson, The Hollies, Breaston, Derby, b. 1891.
Lower V—VI. English Verse. School Prefect. Head of House. Shooting VIII 1908-10 (captain). Cadet Officer.
Exhibitioner, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; B. A. (Third Class Class, Tripos) 1913.
Assistant Master at Forres Preparatory School, Northwood 1913.
Great War, Captain 6th Batt. E. Lancashire Regt.
M.C., Despatches (2).
'The above details show clearly enough that in his career at School he achieved much, and that he attained a position of great importance. He had the opportunity of exercising considerable influence, and he made good use of it. His influence was always sound.
His intellectual powers were of high quality; in addition to a decided taste for Classical and English Literature he had a special aptitude for music and painting. He thus had a variety of interests which made him an excellent companion, and his closest friends were attracted to him partly by a charm of manner and partly by singleness of aim and sincerity of purpose. He gave help to many who needed help, and in his home circle he was the mainstay of the house.
At Cambridge he won the esteem of tutors and men alike, and one of the former says of him that "he never put himself forward but his influence made itself felt, and was always on the side of things wholesome and straight and manly." Similar testimony is borne to his character by those with whom he worked after he left Cambridge.
When war broke out he joined the Cambridge O.T.C. again (he had been a member of that when he was an undergraduate), and was granted a commission in September 1914. In August 1915 he was wounded in Gallipoli, and about the same time he was promoted Captain. When his regiment joined the Kut relief force he and his brother, Lieut. J. H. Watson, in the same regiment, were mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross. When the forces in Mesopotamia advanced on Baghdad the East Lancashire Regiment suffered very severely at the crossing of the Diala River, and Captan T. P. Watson was killed on March 7th.
The Colonel of the Battalion, who was in command last year, says that Captain Watson was one of the finest officers in the regiment, and that the loss which his family had suffered and the sorrow they felt would be shared by his Colonel, his brother officers, and every man in the regiment.
Colonel Davy, who was commanding the regiment at the Diala, writes: "He was beloved by every officer and man who came in contact with him; he devoted the whole of his life since he had been adjutant to the welfare of every officer and man in the regiment. His rare unselfishness, devotion to duty, and his charming character made the handling of men with him an easy thing. His fine brain made all work easy to him, and his devotion to this regiment seemed to make him tireless, and his great spirit overcame physical fatigue."' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Born: April 8th 1891. Son of Walter and Annie Kate Welsby, Chichester House, Chester.
Upper V—VI. Senior Scholar. Faber Exhibitioner. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XL Football.
Scholar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Classical Tripos) 1913.
In business (Wine Merchant).
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914; Captain 8th Cheshire Regt. 14th Bn. Cheshire Regiment.
He had four sisters (Ruth, Audrey, Margaret and Judith) and two brothers (Thomas and John).
On 15th February 1917 he was admitted to 16 Casualty Clearing Hospital for Shell Shock and was discharged back to duty 3 weeks later on the 8th March 1917.
He was killed in action 7 weeks later on the 30th April 1917.
'At School he gained most distinction at cricket, especially as a bowler, and his contemporaries and not a few of his opponents will recall the eccentric flight which he imparted to the ball. At Cambridge he took up rowing, and was good oar enough to row for the Trinity Hall Eight at Henley. He joined one of the Public Schools Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers in September 1914, and in the following May was gazetted to the Cheshire Regiment. In May of last year he went to a Battalion in the Eastern sphere of the war where he fell on April 30th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Service record:WO 339/41283
Son of T . S. Whitfeld, Wych Cross, Forest Row, Sussex, b. 1891.
Lower Shell—Lower Modern II.
Trinity Hall, Cambridge; Stockbroker. Great War, Private North Somerset Yeomanry 1914; Captain Royal North Devon Hussars; R.A.F.
'One of a well-known Sussex family, nephew of one O.M. and cousin of another, Nigel Whitfeld left School too early to make any great mark, but he showed promise in more ways than one.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
Son of W. H. Woodroffe, 51 Lincoln's Inn Fields, W.C. b. 1894.
Middle V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. House XI Football.
Scholar, Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 7th Middlesex Regt. 1914, Captain. Croix de Guerre.
'His five years at Malvern were years of steady growth, and he left us for Cambridge with good hopes of a successful career, and these, so far as fate allowed, were fulfilled. His alert and acquisitive mind, his industry, his humour, and his powers as a speaker were gifts which could not fail to bring him into prominence, and he made his mark at the Union, at which he was elected a member of Committee. Keenly interested in political questions, he would probably have aspired to Parliamentary honours. He was a warm-hearted friend and a companion full of charm; no gathering could be dull where he was present. Early in the war he was gazetted to a Battalion of the Middlesex Regt., in which he rose to be a Captain. Last July he was awarded the Croix de Guerre (1st Class) for conspicuous gallantry in the field. He was killed instantaneously—shot through the heart—on Sept. 15th while leading his company to the assault.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Son of Fredrick Ashfield Wright and Ann Wright, Hitchin. b. 1883.
Ill—Middle V. School Prefect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Husband of Elizabeth Helen Wright, of Moor Mead Hill, Hitchin, Herts.
Great War, O.T.C. 1914; Captain 7th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
'He was articled to a firm of solicitors in London, and afterwards practised at Hitchin with his father. At the outbreak of war he joined the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps, and soon received his commission. From a Hitchin local paper we take the following account: "Captain Wright was widely known as a cricketer and as the captain of the Hitchin Cricket Club. Before the war he had a regular place in the County Eleven, and invariably did well. He was not only a good bat and change bowler, but smart in the field; he set his men an excellent example of keenness. This fine example he set also in the more arduous game of war and in the larger field of battle. He was a true type of the new British officer—a courageous leader of the New Army." (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Unit War Diary extract:
'Carnoy. 14th July 1916. 3.30am. Battalion advanced towards German trenches and were held up by barbed wire. Remainder leaped into shell holes & consolidated along road 200 yards from German trench. At 12pm Battalion again charged & captured both 1st & 2nd trenches & also 250 prisoners. When all battalion were collected & consolidating German 2nd trench we found 5 officers were untouched, the remainder were wounded or killed, with heavy losses in the ranks - 147 killed, 278 wounded, 16 missing.
Captain Wright was one of the many officers who died of wounds. '
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1421/4
Son of Arthur Edwin Wynne, M.A. (Headmaster), of Blundell's School, Tiverton, Devon, and Georgina Wynne, Priory House, The College, Dover, b. 1897.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Indian Army (1st Bn. 10th Gurkha Rifles) 1915; Lieutenant 1916.
'A thoroughly sound boy at School, Eric Wynne did not come to the fore very much, but his conduct was blameless, and there was a certain quiet dignity about him which promised well for his future.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
Unit War Diary: WO 95/5211/5
Son of Brevet Lt. Col. Henry Attenberrow Yates (3rd Madras Cavalry), and his wife Sophia Louisa Tertia Phillips, 7 Prestonville Road, Brighton, b. 1878.
Army Side. House Scholar. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Indian Army 1897; Captain (4th Gurkhas) 1906.
Great War. "E" Coy. 1st Bn. 4th Gurkha Rifles
'R. C. B. Yates was one of the earliest boys in No. 7 soon after it was started. He was a House Scholar. Though not prominent as an athlete, he was a member of the House Cricket and Football teams. He was on the Army Side and eventually joined the Indian Army in 1897. He was reported "missing" after action on Dec. 20th, 1914, and is now reported "killed".' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
'Festubert. Dec 20th. At 9.30am we were informed that the Germans had broken the line in two places, and we ordered to march straight to Givenchy, and take up a line along the Festubert-PontFixe road. The trenches were full of mud and water with the Gurkhas up to their armpits.' (Unit War Diary).
Unit War Diary:WO 95/3929/4
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