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, 125 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
22 received the MC, 5 the DSO and 1 the DCM, as well as 3 knighthoods (the CB, CMG, and MVO).
The information below is based primarily on the memorial books held at Malvern College which Ian Quickfall, and now Paul Godsland, the Malvernian Society archivists, have arranged to be digitised with the official memorial web site still in development.
Further information was also obtained from 'The Malvern College Register 1865-1924' edited by H.G.C Salmon, '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 240 cemeteries where Old Malvernians are buried or commemorated in. The markers are coloured yellow for one casualty, orange for between 2 and 9, and red for 10 or more. The name of the cemetery and number of casualties can be seen by hovering over the marker, and the list of names seen by clicking on the marker. Their full biographies and pictures can be seen by clicking on 'Further Info'.
The records can be filtered and/or sorted by name, house, age, regiment, battle, date, place etc by clicking on the appropriate drop down box and then the 'Search' button below the map. The original memorial book entry can be seen by clicking on the person's picture.
Son of Colonel W. Agg, The Hewletts, Cheltenham. b. 1865.
Lieut. 6th Worcestershire Regt. (Militia) ; Great War, Lieut.,
Recruiting Officer. Died April 2, 1916.
'We are indebted to the Gloucestershire Echo for the following : "Lieut. Agg was at one time a Lieutenant in the 6th (Militia) battalion Worcestershire Regiment. For two years (1902- 4) he sat as a member of the Prestbury Parish Council. Later he moved to Andoversford, where he interested himself in the Boy Scout movement, and became Commandant of that division of the Scouts. He took up the duties of Recruiting Officer for the Cheltenham and North Gloucestershire district in October 1914. He died after an operation for appendicitis on April 2nd.''' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Son of George Knox Anderson, D.L., J.P., and Mrs. Anderson, of Bridge Hill House, Canterbury, Kent.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XXII Football.
Lieutenant 3rd Batt. Royal West Kent Regt. 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914. 3rd Bn. attd. "A" Coy. 1st Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
'His simplicity of character, unfailing high spirits, and enthusiastic enjoyment of whatever was in hand at the moment made him one of the best of comrades. His nature came out clearly in his cricket, for he was one of those bowlers—and he bowled fast—who would never ask for a rest, and a batsman who always hoped to hit the ball for six. He had recently gone into business, and had made an excellent start in it. At the beginning of the War he was attached to the 2nd Batt. Royal West Kent Regiment. He fell at Mons.' (Malvernian, Nov 1914)
During the Battle of Mons, his company was ordered to cover the withdrawal of the cavalry patrols and crossed the Mons-Conde Canal.
Heavily outnumbered, almost half of his company were hit of which 2/3rds were killed or 'missing'.
He was shot through the head and was left behind when the retirement was called and was buried by the Germans.
Led by Lions: MPs and Sons Who Fell in the First World War By Neil Thornton
Son of General B. M. Bateman, R.G.A.. b. 1891.
Army III—I. Minor Scholar. House XI Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1913.
'He was in the retreat from Flanders at Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, the Aisne, was wounded twice slightly on September 13th at Chassemy, and was sent to a hospital in France. He joined his battery again on September 27th—his wounds hardly healed —and was in the thick of the fighting area on the Aisne, and gave much fighting service since, gaining the tribute from a comrade that "He knows his duty thoroughly, and does it thoroughly, and always does it as if he loved it." He was awarded the Military Cross ‘for conspicuous gallantry on 10th June, 1915, near Ypres, when he was dangerously wounded in endeavouring to restore telephone communication under very severe fire, and had been noted for consistent gallantry, and was wounded on two previous occasions’. He died on July 24th of wounds received on that occasion.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Son of H. M. Beacall, Erdington House, Bridgnorth, b. 1893.
Lower V -Army I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football; XXII Cricket. Cadet Officer.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Shropshire L.I. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1914.
'He went with his Battalion to the front from India in December, and was later appointed Adjutant. He died on May 14 of wounds received near Ypres. His Colonel writing of him says : "Personally I have lost an officer I shall miss horribly as long as I am here. I had the greatest confidence in him, his gallantry, and sound common sense. He was a thorough soldier. He had done two or three gallant deeds that I was hoping to bring to notice. I had found them out, although he never said a word." Such an epitaph is only what his friends would have expected from his cheery plucky character.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Medal card: WO 372/2/53276
Born: Oct 21st 1890, St Margarets Twickenham
Father: Walter James Beall (Lace Agent) Manchester House, Friday Street, London and Trebarwith, Sanderstead, Surrey,
Mother: Isabel Mary Beall.
4 Siblings: Isabel, Kathleen, John, Alan
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1913. 7th Battery, Royal Field Artillery.
'Oil leaving Woolwich he went out to India and remained there till Sept. 1914, when he went to France with the Indian Expeditionary Force. Killed in action.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Service record: WO 339/7776
Born: March 17th 1897. Son of P. T. Bell
Lower IV—Upper IV.
Address: 6 St Pauls Rd, Preston, Paignton, Devon
Went to Park House Prep School, Devon before Malvern
9th Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.
'He received his commission in May 1915, and was sent to the front in France in September 1916. He came home on sick leave in 1917, but returned to France in September of that year, proceeding to another front in the following November. Leaving school at the age of 16, he was too young to have made his mark here, but letters from his commanding officer and others show that "he was possessed of remarkable courage and an extraordinary contempt for danger. His courage and gallantry have been a great example to his men." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Next of kin: Mrs Diana Bell (Mother), Ladies Army & Navy Club, Burlington Gardens. She was a widow and lost her only child.
Service record: WO 339/41254
Born Nov 5th 1874, Bayford House, Rosslyn Park, Hampstead. Father: Alfred Bell (Artist in Glass). Mother: Jane Bell formerly Burlison.
Junior School—Upper V. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Footbal
5th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.
'For twenty years in the 'seventies and 'eighties there was a "Joey" Bell in No. 4; and for the next twenty years tradition preserved the name of "the Bell who was rolled over by the Big Roller." The youngest of four brothers, sons of one of the founders of the firm of Clayton & Bell, well-known for their stained-glass windows, Guy at once achieved distinction as the smallest boy who had ever come to Malvern, and soon established himself as a general favourite. But he was destined to become a historical character. In those days each House furnished a squad one day a week to roll the Senior wicket after breakfast; and one morning during his first summer term. Bell was sitting with several others between the shafts, when the bell rang for Chapel and the roller was trotted off the ground. The jolting of the shafts shook him from his seat, and the heavy roller with its cargo of passengers went right over him, head and all. Fortunately the ground was soft, and so was he. A small blood vessel burst in his head, and that was all. He was allowed to ''feel rather flat" in the Matron's room for a day or two; then he reappeared smiling, apparently none the worse. At any rate he lived happily in No. 4 for many years afterwards. In Australia when war broke out, he came home and took a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers. After being wounded in February, 1916, he was killed while serving as Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers, Machine Gun Corps, on April 28, 1917.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Address (1916): Mount Pleasant Drake near Tenterfield, New South Wales formerly 6 Broadhurst Gardens, Hampstead, and 40 Regents Park Road.
Owned 1280 acres of land at Jenny Lind County.
Brother: John Clement & Otto Joseph Bell.
Sisters: Edith Margaret Underwood (widow), Rosaling Bessie Larkworthy, Cecilia Florence Osmond, Aelfrida Teresa Bell (spinster).
Biography at hampsteadparishchurch
Service record: WO 374/5494
Son of Dr. F. H. Berry, Clarendon Road, Watford, b. 1888.
Lower V—Science Form. School Prefect. House XI Football.
King's College, Cambridge ; B.A. (Third Class Natural Science Tripos) 1910 ; B.Ch. 1913 ; Guy's Hospital; M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. 1913.
Joined the R.A.M.C. on May 1st 1915 and shortly afterwards left Aldershot for Alexandria. He was appointed to the Hospital Ship "Assaye" and was engaged in transporting the wounded from Gallipoli through the summer and autumn. Subsequently he was attached as Medical Officer to the Berkshire Yeomanry and with them joined the Western Frontier Force of Egypt in the campaign against Senussi. In this he was completely happy and declared that he had at last found the ideal form of warfare.
'Percy Berry was one of a delightfully happy band of friends in No 3. He thoroughly enjoyed life, and he set himself to make others enjoy it also. He was a boy of high ideals and a staunch friend. At Cambridge he acquired a real love for the profession of a doctor, and he readily gave his services to the R.A.M.C. at the outbreak of war. His last act will thrill his many friends with pride. On March l0th, while on duty in Egypt, he noticed a man drowning ; he plunged off the rocks into heavy surf with all his clothes on. Immediately a big wave broke over him and he disappeared. His body was found five hours later with a large wound in the head. He was buried on the following day at Barany with military honours. ' (Malvernian, Apr 1916).
The official account of his death stated:-
'On 10th March at Berrani - seeing a man drowning - plunged off rock into heavy surf with all his clothes on to rescue. Immediately a big wave broke over him and he disappeared. Body found later with large wounds, head, apparently Anti-Mortem.'
Born: Feb 26th 1894. Father: Mr William Findlay Best (Hop Merchant), Altadore, Ribbleton, Preston, Lancs
Mother: Ellen Ann Best formerly Wesfall
3.5 years at Malvern OTC
Occupation: Hop Merchant
2nd Lieut on 24th Feb 1915, 1/4th Btn Loyal North Lancashire Regt.
'He was in his father's business, which he left to take a commission. A fortnight before his death he was struck by a piece of shrapnel but only bruised. He was killed in France on Jan. 2nd. His Colonel wrote: " He never suffered, as he died in his sleep in his dug-out. We are all very much shocked, and especially his Company, who, although he had not been out very long, had grown very fond of him.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
Service record: WO 374/6145
Son of The Rev. Canon Bingham Stevens and Mrs. Bingham Stevens, of The Beck, Wateringbury, Kent.
Upper IV B—Army II. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Keble College, Oxford ; B.A. (Third Class History) 1914.
6th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
'All through his school career he showed remarkable vigour and keenness in all that he did. He was of an independent nature with a strong sense of duty, and he did his work as a House Prefect in a conscientious, straightforward manner. He was looking forward to taking Holy Orders. He left Oxford in June 1914, and shortly after the outbreak of war he received a commission in the 6th Royal West Kent Regiment, He was killed in France on Sept. 17th, aged 25.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Service record: WO 339/11531 Geni Profile inc biography Also and war diary extract and at Keble
Son of Rev, H, G, Bird, Newdigate Rectory, Surrey, b. 1883.
Shell—Remove. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket 1900-02 ; XI Football. Lieutenant in Corps.
New College, Oxford ; B.A. 1906 ; played Cricket v. Cambridge 1904-06 (captain) ; represented Gentlemen v. Players ;
Assistant Master at Ludgrove.
5th Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.
"He was ordered to lead his men out of the trenches across an exposed 300 yards, and was killed instantaneously by machine gun fire whilst cheering them on. Every officer in the charge was either wounded or killed.”
Canon S. R. James writes of him: "When I first came to Malvern in Sept. 1897, one of the new boys in School House was Wilfred Bird. From the beginning of his school career, the most cordial and pleasant relation existed without a break between us. He was perhaps a little mistrustful of himself, and did not always find it easy to cope with difficulties, but he grew steadily in vigour of all kinds, and made many friends. Besides his brilliant career as a cricketer, he was a School Prefect and Head of School House, in which capacity I know of a certainty that he was truly conscientious and devoted himself unsparingly to the highest interests of the school and house. ' One of the best,' he remained humble, kind, upright, and God-fearing to the last." (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Son of the late Rear-Admiral Robert Hornby Boyle. b. 1889.
Middle IV B—Army I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football; XXII Cricket; Ledbury Cap. Lieutenant in Corps.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Lancashire Fusiliers 1909 ; Lieutenant 1911.
2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.
'From his career at school it was anticipated that he would prove himself a most capable officer, and this he turned out to be. His sterling qualities and his sound influence won for him the esteem of officers and men alike. He was always spoken of as "a splendid officer."
He was killed in action near Cambrai on August 26th, three days after his regiment landed in France. He was in the act of summoning aid for a fellow-officer who had just been wounded, when he himself fell. (Malvernian, Nov 1914)
Son of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Morris Mitchelson Brooke and May Brooke, London House, Dawlish, South Devon, b. 1897.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn Wiltshire Regt. 1915.
'Brooke passed out from Sandhurst into the Wiltshire Regiment in April 1915. He was reported Missing in September 1916 and subsequently posted as having been killed in action on September 3.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
'Lt Brooke was my platoon officer; he was a tall fair fellow and he only joined a week before we went over the top, at Bouzincourt. We went over at Leipzic Salient in the morning and he was hit by a machine gun just after we got over the top, no more than three yards from me. He fell and lay quite still and I took him to be dead. We went on and took the German trench and have held it ever since. We were relieved that evening. The wounded were picked up, but not the dead. Mr Brooke was a very good officer'. (Informant F Salmon B Coy, Sept 10th 1916).
'He was hit in the lower part of his abdomen. He fell on his back and did not speak or move, and there was blood on his clothes. We were not allowed to halt for anything, but I and another man dragged him into a shell-hole for safety. I saw no more of this officer. (Testimony of Pte Salmon).
'Brooke was killed between the lines near Thiepval' (Testimony of Pte Westcott).
Father was at Lucknow, India at time of son's death.
Service record: WO 339/45922
Born: 27-Jan-1886. Son of Anthony and Jane Chalmers Brown, of "Broomhill," Southend Rd., Beckenham, Kent.
Upper V—VI. House Scholar. English Essay; Hopkinson Reading. School Prefect. Editor of Malvernian. XL Football.
History Scholar, New College, Oxford ; B.A. (Third Class Lit. Hum.) 1908 ; First Class History 1909 ;
Lecturer in Economics in the University of Durham 1912 ; Tutor to the Workers' Educational Association.
Author of ‘The Influence of the French Revolution on English History’.
Great War, Private Duke of Cornwall's L.I. 1914 ; Lieutenant 13th Bn. Durham Light Infantry.
'On leaving Oxford he took up literary work, and was also Lecturer in Economics at Durham University, and a Tutor in the Workers' Educational Association. On the outbreak of war he enlisted in the 8th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, and subsequently obtained a commission in the Durham L.I. He was engaged in observation in front of the trenches at night when he was wounded, and was rescued in circumstances of great heroism by his comrades, but only survived an hour. A boy of unusual charm and force of character, it does not astonish those who knew him here that his Colonel should say that "he was the most popular officer in the regiment with both men and officers, and that his platoon were so angry at the news of his death that they could with difficulty be restrained from going out then and there to avenge him." (Malvernian, Dec 1915).
'He was wounded whilst engaged in observation in front of the trenches at Armentieres, and was rescued under circumstances of great heroism by Private Kenny, his observer, and by Captain White with a party of men. Private (later Sergeant) Kenny was awarded the VC and Captain White the MC.
Lieutenant Brown died of his wounds before he reached the dressing station.'Biography
Son of the late Herbert Edward Bull (Brewer) and of Mabel Bull (formerly Bristow), of Castle House, Buckingham, b. 1894.
Lower IV—Army II. School Prefect. XXII Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Oxford and Bucks L.I. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915, 2nd Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.
'On his captain being killed during an attack, he took command of his company, and was shot through the head on the edge of a German trench, near La Bassee. "Full of life and spirits, he was a popular boy who had many friends, and when placed in a responsible position showed some seriousness of purpose. He bade fair to do really well in his profession. Dis aliter visum (fate had other plans).' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Service record: WO 339/22611
Born: January 1st 1891. Son of Philip Wathen Bush and Maria Louisa Bush, of The Old Manor House, Keynsham Bristol.
Middle Shell—Upper Shell.
St. John's College, Cambridge ; afterwards in Canada.
Great War, Private Artists Rifles 1914 ; Flight-Lieutenant Royal Naval Air Service.
'On leaving School, where he displayed considerable mechanical aptitude, Richard Bush went to St. John's, Cambridge, but left there for Canada without proceeding to a degree. On his return home he studied architecture for six months. When war broke out he joined the Artists' Rifles, from which he obtained a commission in the R.N.A.S. A bad accident after 17 months' flying incapacitated him for a time. Returning to duty he was given the command of a new seaplane station. Here, while taking a flight he failed to clear some overhead wires, his machine was smashed against the cliff and set alight. With great pluck and coolness he kept the men who had rushed to his assistance at a distance, as there were still unexploded bombs in the burning machine. But the shock was too great and he only lived 36 hours'. (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
Gained Aviators Certificate on 20 August 1915 at Royal Naval Flying School, Eastchurch. He was one of the first airmen to be based at Fishguard Naval Air Station RNAS, and on his first flight there took off in a Sopwith Baby seaplane, N1033, which had been fitted with a new engine, on the morning of 22 April 1917 on a test flight, carrying a full load of bombs, but the seaplane failed to gain height at take off and struck power cables, which sent it crashing into the cliff face. Two 16 pound bombs exploded. Pilot was Badly Burnt.
Biography at Canada at war RAF Museum Final Flights
Son of Arthur Burton Cook and Alice Anne Cook, of "Sunlea," Sheringham, Norfolk, b. 1894.
Lower IV—Upper IV B.
Farmer in Vancouver.
Great War, Trooper County of London Yeomanry 1914 ; Lieutenant 20th Hussars.
'Shortly after leaving School, he went to Canada to farm. On the outbreak of war he returned to this country, and enlisted as a Trooper in the County of London Yeomanry, with whom he saw service in Egypt and Gallipoli, where he was wounded. Later, he received a commission in a Hussar regiment, with whom he served about eighteen months in France. He was killed in action on March 25th. His Colonel after a recent battle wrote in high terms of his fighting qualities. Himself the son of an O.M., no one was keener on his old School. He was a quiet, reserved boy at School, with a hand always ready to help anyone.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
Unit War Diary 20 Hussars: WO 95/1140/2
5th Bart. Born 19/08/1892. Son of the late Sir Walter Orlando Corbet, 4th Bart, Acton Reynold, Shrewsbury; and Lady Caroline Douglas Stewart (now Mrs. R. B. Astley).
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Coldstream Guards 1913 ; Lieutenant 1914. Mentioned in Despatches.
His elder brother died at Eton.
'He went out to the front early in the war, and was sent home wounded in October. On recovering he returned to Flanders and was killed in action on April 15. He was the fifth Baronet and head of one of the few families existing alive to trace in the male line direct descent from a family of the same name well known in Normandy, who came over with William the Conqueror. ' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
He was killed just south of Givenchy in the retreat from Mons.
He was due to be married at Moreton Corbet Church. There is a memorial tablet on the South Wall.
Livesofthefirstworldwar Biography on Fickr
Son of Hon. F H M Corbet, Madras. Born:1894. Brother to George Frederick Francis Corbet.
Middle IV A—Army II. School Prefect. Head of House. Champion Athlete. House XI Football. Cadet Officer.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
'At Sandhurst he was appointed a Cadet Officer and obtained a Blue for Running. In Jan. I914 he was commissioned to the 2nd Bn. of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, and in July was transferred to the 1st Bn. at Madras. In March of this year he was promoted Lieutenant and was made second officer in charge of the Machine Gun Section. He was killed in action at the Dardanelles on April 28. He was a boy of an affectionate nature and many sympathies, shown not only among school-fellows but also in the social work to which he devoted part of his holidays, and his power as a leader combined with a striking natural courtesy rendered him an exceptionally successful Head of his House. ' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
Medal card: WO 372/5/22337
Born: August 31st 1895, 11 Belgrave Gardens, Hougham, Kent
Father: Colonel Edward Arthur Waldegrave Courtney C.M.G., C.B.E (late Lancashire Fusiliers and Royal Army Service Corps)
Mother: Hilda Maria Courtney formerly Chapman
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant A.S.C. 1915 ; Lieutenant. G.H.Q. Troops Supply Col. 55th Coy. Army Service Corps.
8th November 1916, admitted to Stationary hospital, Boulogne with furunculosis (boils).
Died from dysentery at 46th Stationary Hospital Etaples on 9th August 1918.
Service record: WO 339/44431
Medal card: WO 372/5/46205
Born 6th October 1893. Son of John Selwyn Cowley,Surgeon & J.P., and Lilian Fuller Cowley, of Willow Bank, Upton-on-Severn, Worcs.
Upper IV B—Army II.
1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment.
Service record: WO 339/9335
Remembrance ceremony at Upton
Born November 11th 1891, Crooke Hall, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, Lancashire
Father: Reginald Carlton Cross (Cotton Manufacturer), Wyke Hall, Gillingham
Mother Emily Cross formerly Briscoe
Army III—II. School Prefect. XI Football 1909,10 ; House XI Cricket.
Clare College, Cambridge.
Farmer in British Columbia.
Great War, Private Strathcona's Horse 1914, Lieutenant Dorset Yeomanry (Queen's Own) attd. South Lancashire Regiment.
Address: Wyke Hall, Gillingham, Dorset.
'Reginald Cross joined No. 5 from Stone House School, Broadstairs, in 1906 in the old House, and very soon made his mark at football, and as a strenuous doer in School life. He was a good naturalist, and as a junior a great owner of livestock. He was in the 1908 House Team which won the Cup in an historic Final, and justified his selection. He was at one time intended for the Army, but eventually went to Clare, and later to British Columbia. The Times says ;— "On the declaration of war he returned from British Columbia and enlisted in Lord Strathcona's Horse, and went to France with the regiment in May, 1915. He obtained a commission in the Dorset Yeomanry in November, 1915, and became a scouting officer to the brigade. He was attached to the South Lancashire Regiment in October, 1917, and left for the front immediately. A brother officer writes :—' I know you will be proud to hear that he died while carrying back a wounded man from No Man's Land ; he was shot through the head and died immediately. He had already carried in one wounded man. I feel no one could wish to die doing a better duty. We all both loved and admired him, and he will be greatly missed in the battalion. He was always so full of life and so cheery under all discomforts. His men loved him.' " (Malvernian, Jul 1918).
Memorial wooden Cross at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Gillingham, Dorset
Service record: WO 374/16860
Born 15th December 1889 at 59 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington. Son of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson and Alice Cuthbertson formerly Monro, Bushey House, Bushey, Herts.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket 1906,07 ; XI Football 1905,06.
Clare College, Cambridge ; played Association Football v. Oxford.
He was a noted cricketer playing for the Malvern 1st X1, Cambridge University, and Marylebone Cricket Club
In business, Stockbroker.
Address in 1914: 51 Egerton Crescent, Kensington.
'Hedley Cuthbertson's school-life at Malvern of 4.5 years was marked by two chief characteristics, his success as an athlete, and his marked independence of character. At football and cricket generally he reached a good Eleven standard, while his wicket keeping was something better. In fact wicket keeping was exactly suited to his temperament. It called out all his skill, and entailed no bustle ; for he was one of those who could not be bustled. But his strong will and his kindly disposition were the chief causes of the affection that his school friends entertained for him at School and afterwards, and which endears his memory to them now.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
9th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Embarked Bombay on 22nd June 1917 and disembarked Basrah 28th June 1917.
30th June 1917, arrived at Martina
Following from Medical case sheet:
20th July 1917 . Admitted to hospital at Amara. Had been proceeding up river and been 14 days in Mesopotamia.
21st July 1917, Temperature 106 degrees and patient collapsed. Pulse imperceptible
22nd July 1917. Restless night but seemed better, still rather cyanosed
23rd July 1917. Restless, pulse not so good, in evening temperature started to rise. Died at 6.30pm
25th July 1917, died from effects of heat.
Widow: Mary Constance Cuthbertson (formerly Follett), of 72, Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, London.
Final Wicket: Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War By Nigel McCrery
Service record: WO 339/23182
Born on 27 December 1891, son of Henry Warren Davis and Christobel Warren Davis, of The Warren, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.
Army III—II. School Prefect. House XI Football.
Mentioned in Despatches.
Gazetted Second Lieutenant into the Welsh Regiment on 14 February 1912, and was a Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion, Welsh Regiment at the outbreak of war, which moved to France in January 1915.
In the Second Battle of Ypres, on 18 April 1915, he was sent out in charge of a party of bombers from B Company, to destroy a Trench Mortar, and was killed while stooping down to aid a wounded man during the assault at Hill 60.
The History of the Welsh Regiment records; ‘Lieutenant Davis was a great loss—a fine sportsman and an excellent bomber and shot, he was developing into an invaluable sniping expert.’
NB: The Malvern College memorial entry mistakenly records the date as 18 Apr 1916 and not 18 Apr 1915.
Son of Mrs. Dennis, c/o Cox & Co., Charing Cross, S.W. b. 1888.
Army III—I. School Prefect. Head of House. Shooting VIII 1906,07 ; House XI Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. 1909 ; Lieutenant 1912.
'Owen Dennis was killed by a shell when he was directing his battery’s fire from the infantry trenches. His Major states that he considered him to be the smartest officer. Throughout the time that he was at the front he displayed unflinching bravery. This was quite in accordance with what we noted in him at school. He had a definite aim before him, and he showed steady resolution in attaining it. He served his school and his country well.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
Born July 14th 1895. Son of Robert Paget Dewhurst and Florence Frances Maud Dewhurst, of 106, Abingdon Rd., Oxford, and Gonda, Oudh, India, and Littlecote, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe.
Upper V—Mathematical VI. Senior Scholar. Leaving Scholarship. School Prefect. Shooting VIII. House XI Football.
Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
He gained a mathematical scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in November, 1913, and on leaving Malvern in July, 1914, he was awarded a leaving scholarship and the Dowdeswell Prize for mathematics.
'At School he distinguished himself in various directions. His intellectual powers were considerable, and it was confidently anticipated that he would have a creditable career at Oxford, where he had gained a Mathematical Scholarship shortly before the war broke out. His keenness and determination and high principle won for him general respect, and those who were privileged to know him intimately realised the value of true friendship. He received his commission in August 1914, and was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment in September of that year. He died of wounds on April 26th, aged 20.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Telegram sent on 25 Apr 1916 stating that he had been severely wounded in the head on the 21/22 April in the Tigris line.
He was mentioned in a despatch from Lieutenant General Sir Percy Lake dated 24th August 1916, for 'gallant and distinguished service in the Field'.
Corpus Christi Oxford
Service record: WO 339/11799
Medal card: WO 372/6/15872
Unit Diary: WO 95/5161/3
Son of Rev. W. D. W-Dudley, St. Albans, b. 1887.
Lower V—VI. School Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket; Rackets Pair ; Fives Pair.
Exhibitioner, Worcester College, Oxford; Third Class Class.
Mods, 1909 ; B.A. (Fourth Class History) 1911 ; played Lawn Tennis v. Cambridge 1910;
Royal Fusiliers 1911 ; Lieutenant 1912. 3rd Bn. Royal Fusiliers. Mentioned in Despatches
He went to Worcester College, Oxford in 1906 and was a tennis half-blue.
He was gazetted to the 3rd battalion Royal Fusiliers in December 1911 and joined the regiment in India in January 1912.
At the outbreak of the war he was serving on Lord Willingdon's Staff at Bombay as A.D.C. but obtained permission to re-join his regiment when it was ordered to France.
He was wounded in February 1915 when a bullet was embedded in his back. Refusing an operation to remove it, or to return to England to convalesce, he returned to the front in March.
Lieutenant Roland Waddell-Dudley was killed in action in Belgium on 15 April 1915.
Memorial at Stephen's church, St Albans:
IN MEMORY OF/ ROBERT ROLAND/ WADDELL-DUDLEY/ LIEUT 3rd BATT ROYAL FUSILIERS/ KILLED IN ACTION AT ZONNEBEKE/ FLANDERS APRIL 15th 1915/ AGED 28/ A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST
Biography at Worcester College, Oxford
Service record: WO 339/8067
Son of Harry William and Eleanor Mary Eames, of The Mount, Cosby, Leicester b. 1888.
Middle Shell—VI. Lea Shakespeare; English Verse. School Prefect.
Exeter College, Oxford ; Second Class Class. Mods. 1909 ; B.A. (Second Class Lit. Hum.) 1911 ; Eastern Cadetship 1911.
Magistrate and Assistant District Judge for Malacca, and later for Singapore.
7th Bn. Royal Fusiliers
'Stanley Eames was a boy of gentle character, modest, studious, and, though he would never have claimed to be an exact scholar, a lover of the best in literature. He himself produced a few years ago a small volume of verse which gave promise in its thought and poetic feeling of greater performance in the future. He went up as a Scholar to Exeter College, Oxford, in 1907, and took a Second Class in Classical Moderations and in Greats. Appointed to an Eastern Cadetship in 1911 he became Collector, Magistrate, and Assistant Deputy Judge for Malacca and later for Singapore. He served in the war as Lieutenant in the 7th Battalion Royal Fusiliers, being at the time of his death attached to the I2th Battalion. He was mortally wounded on Feb. 15th, when he had crawled to the rescue of two men who had been sniped, and spent his remaining strength in shouting to prevent others from attempting to bring him in. "We have lost," says a letter from his regiment, " a brave, conscientious, and high minded officer." ' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
From 'The Evening Dispatch' 1 March 1916:
'Lieutenant Eames gained an open classical scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, and took honours in Classics.
For three years he was in the Civil Service in the Malay States.
He went out to the rescue of wounded men, and was himself shot by a German sniper. The men belonging to his company offered to dash out to bring hin back to the trench but he ordered them to keep where they were because of the risk. He told them he would wait until it was dark. The wounded officer was subsequently got back to safety, but succumbed to his wounds'.
He is commemorated on the Malacca War Memorial Christ Church, Malaysia and the Singapore Cenotaph.
Lives of the First World War
Son of Edward Robert Ensor, of 4, Portland St., Southampton, b. 1898.
Upper IV—Matriculation Class.
'Ensor was called up when his time came to a Cadet Battalion, and obtained a commission in the R.G.A. He went out to France in October 1918, and had only been there a fortnight when he was badly gassed and wounded in the shoulder, in the neighbourhood of the Selle River. Since April last he had been attached to the R.G.A. Records Headquarters at Dover. He died at Shorncliffe Military Hospital, on October 18th. He was a vigorous boy, very keen in all that he did, and his early death was a heavy blow to his parents. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
On 2nd December 1917 he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the R. G. A. Hampshire T/F.
He served in France and was gassed and wounded in October 1918.
He suffered from the effects until April 1919, when, on being able to resume light duties, he was attached to the R.G.A. Record Office, Dover. He was gazetted a Lieutenant on June 2nd.
In October 1919, he was seized with a sudden illness, and went to Shorncliffe War Hospital for an operation and died the following day on his twenty-first birthday.
Southampton Cenotaph Biography at Sussex History forum
f George Croker Fox, Penjerrick and Pennance Cottage, Falmouth. b. 1879.
III - Shell.
Architect in Vancouver.
Great War, Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914;
2nd Lieutenant Worcester Regt. 1915. Lieutenant 12th Bn East Surrey Regt.
'He left Malvern too early to reach a prominent position in the school, but he will be remembered by contemporaries as a boy of refined character and endowed with considerable ability as an artist. On leaving school he accompanied his father to British Columbia, where he became a member of a firm of architects at Vancouver. Shortly after the outbreak of the war he returned to England and joined the Inns of Court O.T. C. In April 1915 he was gazetted to the Worcestershire Regiment. After a course at the Staff College, Camberley, he was transferred to the East Surrey Regiment, being promoted Lieutenant in December.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Son of Major Francis and Beatrice de Dombal Fraser, Tornaveen, Torphins. B. 1894.
Lower IV - Army II.
House Prefect. XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 4th Bn. Middlesex Regt. 1914; Lieutenant 1915.
Great War, killed in action February 24, 1915; Despatches.
'Naturally brave and regardless of risks he was well qualified for the work which our officers have been called upon to perform in this war. "The men would have done anything for him or have gone anywhere," a brother officer writes. ' (Malvernian, Apr 1915).
Obituary at IWM
Son of S Fry, Cleeve Mill, Goring. b 1890
Middle Shell - Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XL Football.
Tobacco Planter. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "D" Bty. 211th Bde. Royal Field Artillery M.C.
'Ned Fry served his House with unswerving loyalty, and a strong dislike for anything petty or mean made his influence all for good. A natural restlessness and a dread of falling into a humdrum life inclined him to farming, which he tried at home and abroad. As soon as war broke out, he fretted like a young horse to be off. In his service abroad he was face to face with many a peril, but he knew no fear when duty called, and he met his death when on observation duty at a notoriously dangerous place. Letters about him all touch on one characteristic, his love for his fellowmen, and the loyal leadership he showed at School he showed also in fighting for his country. It was particularly touching that his great friend here, Frankie Benitz, was killed just previously.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918)
Military Cross citation: 'When acting as forward observation officer his task was to follow-up the infantry attack. As the enemy put down a most intense barrage, he had to cross this on four occasions before he was able to establish communication with his battery and brigade headquarters. His resource and determination throughout this trying period were most commendable.'
Son of Frederick William and Helen Maud Furley (nee Haig), Sunbury, Canterbury. b. 1896
Middle Shell - VI. School Prefect. XI Football; XL Cricket. Champion Athlete. Cadet Officer.
Oriel College, Oxford.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Batt. The Royal Scots.
'Under normal conditions he would have gone up to Oriel College, Oxford, but in July 1915 he obtained a commission in the 3rd Battn. (Special Reserve) of The Royal Scots. He was sent to France in April 1916, and was for more than a year in the front line and fought all through the Battle of the Somme. On May 3rd, 1917, he was severely wounded at Monchy le Preux. He was mentioned in despatches (May 1917) and promoted Lieutenant in the following July.' Returning to France last March, he was reported missing on April 25th. The Army Council have since announced that they "were constrained to conclude" that he was killed in action on that date. He was an athlete of the true Public School type, generous, modest, unspoilt by success. As a Prefect he set himself a high standard, and gave of his best to his House and School. Of warm affections and full of good-will to all; he smiled his way through difficulties, and perhaps the only cloud which overcast the enjoyment of five happy years at Malvern was the fear that through weakness of eyesight he might be debarred from military service. Of his work in the war it is enough to say that he upheld to the full the traditions of the great regiment in which it was his pride to serve.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919)
Previously wounded 3rd May, 1917, at Monchy-le-Preux, while attached to 2nd Bn.
Son of John Hamilton Gair and Martha Grace Gair, Skelwith
Bridge, Ambleside. b 1889.
Middle V - VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect.
New College, Oxford; B.A. (Second Class History) 1912; articled to Clerk of Lancashire County Council.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 2nd West Lancashire Brigade R.F.A. (T.F - 'A' Bty 276th Bde.) 1914; Lieutenant. Killed in action near St. Julien, September 9, 1917.
The Thomas Gair Exhibition was founded in his memory.
'When war broke out he joined the R. F. A., but before the Brigade went abroad he was appointed Instructor at the Bettisfield Training Camp. In January last he once again re-joined his Brigade, which was then in Flanders, and he was in the third battle of Ypres on July 31st. On September 9th he was doing a 24 hour tour of duty with an infantry battalion. Their headquarters were heavily shelled, and three-quarters of the unit became casualties. He attended to the wounded, and when a shell hit the dug-out occupied by the battalion runners and signallers, he went to them, anxious to know if any of his own men were among those hit. Just as he was about to enter the dug-out a shell hit him, and he was killed instantaneously.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Bog Labs, Brathay, South Lakeland, Cumbria
Son of George Beale Game & Clara Game, Broadway, Worcestershire. b. 1890.
Middle Shell - Upper V - Army II
Great War, Lieutenant R.F.A. attached R.F.C.
He was serving with No 53 (Training) Squadron when he was killed in a flying accident due to Wing failure pulling out of a dive in the Narborough area on 8 June 1917 in BE2e A2794.
Service record: WO 339/12146
Biography at theaerodrome.com Accident details
Born: 7th April 1884, Hill Crest, Theydon Bois. Son o
f Charles Henry and Annette Emily Gardom, Hylands, Forest Road, Walthamstow and Longfield Cottage, Tadworth, Surrey.
Lower V-VI. School Prefect. XL Cricket.
12th Bn. attd. 1st Bn Essex Regiment
Gold Medal Skater of the National Skating Association in 1911.
'At the outbreak of the war he joined H. M. forces, and was sent out to the Dardanelles as Lieut, of the 12th Bn. of the Essex Regt. Reported as missing in August last, under circumstances which seemed to admit of no real doubt as to his fate, he was not officially reported as killed until January of this year. He was a boy of singular charm and cheeriness of manner, and extremely popular at school.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
England: 6th August 1914 to 16th Sep 1914
Embarked from Southampton: 17 Sep 1914
Exhaustion: 6 Dec 1914
Returned to Duty: 9 Dec 1914
Appointed temp 2nd Lieut and left for England: 9 Jan 1915
Gallipoli Campaign. 1915.
Following is a statement concerning his death from Cpl W. Challis:
'Mr Gardom was in charge of my platoon on the 6th August. We were ordered to take a T.T. (Turkish Trench) at No Man’s Land in front H. 12 Achi Baba. I saw Mr Gardom jump into the T.T. with three men. Only one of the four returned and he told me that the other two men and Mr Gardom were killed, Mr Gardom being shot in the arm and mouth and again just as he was actually jumping into the trench. '
Service record: WO 339/19869
Born March 18th 1898. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Gilman (Oil and Colour merchant), Nuthurst Grange, Hockley Heath, Warwickshire.
Lower Modern II — Modern I.
Articled to a Chartered Accountant.
'R. J. Gilman, like his elder brother, will always be remembered here for his simple, straightforward character. He had grit and determination which carried him up the School and gave every promise of success in the future. His Major wrote of him: "Young, keen and popular with everyone: just the right fellow to make an ideal officer"; and that is exactly what his friends here would expect him to be. He obtained his commission, in December 1915, at the age of 17. He served in Egypt and Palestine, and was wounded on Nov. 8th, 1917, in charge of the Yeomanry. After this action he was recommended for the Military Cross, but he did not receive it. On his way to another front his ship was torpedoed, and he was one of the few to go down with her. The shock and exposure are believed to have been the cause of his illness and death, three weeks after his arrival, in a military hospital abroad.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
On 8th November 1917, he sustained a gun shot wound just below the left shoulder.
Service record: WO 374/27389
Son of Rev. Colin Grant-Dalton, Wincanton, Somerset. b. 1890.
Middle IV Lower Shell. School Prefect.
Land Agent. Great War, Lieutenant R.N.V.R. 1914. Died of wounds (in German hands) April 28, 1918.
Hood Bn. R.N. Div.
'On leaving School he took up land agent's work, and on the outbreak of war secured a commission with the R.N.V.R., with which force he saw much service at the front. He was reported missing in March 1918, and as having died a prisoner in Germany on April 28th. A cheery, companionable boy at School, who never rose to any high distinction, his subsequent short career showed the manner of man that he was.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous “gallantry and resource”. His citation reads “When all the officers of his company had become casualties he assumed the command and by his bravery and personal example was able successfully to defend an exposed piece of the line. He had on previous occasions done good work” - London Gazette 18 July 1917 page 7230
On 24th March 1918 he sustained gunshot wounds to the pelvis and was found by German troops and was taken prisoner of war and admitted to the German War Hospital at Ohrdruf south of Gotha, Germany. He died at 10 p.m. on 28th April 1918.
Detailed biography at Wincanton Roll of Honour
Son of Robert and the Hon. Mrs. Grant-Suttie (nee Dawnay), Balgone, North Berwick. b. 1896.
Modern II -Army I. School Prefect. XXII Football. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.H.A. 1915.
"L" Bty. 15th Bde. Royal Horse Artillery
'Archibald took a good place at Woolwich and qualified for the R.E., but elected to follow his brother in the gunners, and was gazetted in 1915 to a battery of the R.H.A then in Gallipoli, where he went in command of a draft. After the evacuation be went to Egypt, and then to France, where he took part in the Somme battles. He died on July 23rd, from shell wounds received the same day, and leaves a splendid reputation for good work well done. His commanding officer writes: "Beloved by all, he was the most utterly fearless fellow I ever met." Those who knew him at School can understand this.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Born Feb 26th 1893. Second son of the Rev. William Grundy, Headmaster of Malvern College 1885-1891, and Margaret Grundy, School House, Abingdon. 1 brother (William), 3 sisters (Margaret, Mary & Flora).
Junior School - VI. Latin Verse; English Verse. School Pre fect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Heath H arrison Exhibitioner, Brasenose College, Oxford; Second Class Mods. ; B.A. (Fourth Class Lit. Hum.) 1906; played Golf v Cambridge 1904—06 (captain); Assistant Master Pocklington School 1906-07; H aileybury College 1908; House Master 1913; 2n Lieutenant Cadet Corps.
Great War, Lieutenant 9th Batt. Warwickshire Regt.
'George Grundy gave to Haileybury the best that was in him. The Master of Haileybury College writes of him: " We miss and shall miss Grundy more than I can say. He was an enthusiastic scholar; a keen player of all games ; a Housemaster, and an Officer of O.T.C. But, more than all this, his gallant spirit, his wit, and his unfailing cheerfulness are what we shall always remember." On the outbreak of war he was gazetted Lieut, 9th (Service) Bn. R. Warwickshire Regt. His regiment was sent last June to the Dardanelles; in his short experience of active service his influence with his men is illustrated by the following extract from a censored letter: "I don't think I could go on, if it were not for our officer Mr. Grundy: he does everything for us, and we would do anything for him." He was killed on July 22, while encouraging his men to advance against some troublesome snipers. One who knew him all his life writes of him: "George Grundy inspired affection in no common degree. In his boyhood he had the gift of disarming the sternest and most justly irritated Masters. Out of school, and in later years, his wholesome and happy disposition, his wide sympathy, and perhaps, above all, his quaint humour, and sudden irresistible laugh, won him hosts of friends, who feel now that something radiant and vivifying has passed from their lives." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
He left for the Dardanelles in June 1915 and was killed in action in the front trenches at Gallipoli. Col. Palmer, who was killed two days later and buried beside him wrote : “He was one of my best officers. He was always thinking of the welfare of his men and was much loved by his comrades, who could not fail to appreciate his unselfish devotion to their interests.” Major Gordon, who succeeded Col. Palmer in command of the regt., wrote: “ Mr. Grundy was a splendid officer, energetic, capable, cheerful and brave.” His Influence with his men is illustrated by the following extract from a letter: “He does everything for us and we would do anything for him.” A brother officer concludes his letter : “Let it be some consolation that his end was worthy of his life and that he left behind him an example that we should like to follow.” The Master of Haileybury College wrote of him: “He was a keen scholar; he was a fine athlete; but what we loved him for was the boyish laugh, the unfailing cheeriness, the constant goodness of his heart. He had that real charm of personality which is given to but few men ; but it is perhaps the best of God’s good gifts. I cannot put my feelings better than in the words one wrote to me : ‘ All the sunshine seems to have gone out with Grundy's death’ “
Service record: WO 339/12837
Born 20th Feb 1888. Son of Frances Adair-Hall, of 115, Cheriton Rd., Folkestone, and the late Col. Henry Adair-Hall of East View, Monkstown, co. Dublin.
Middle IV B—Modern II.
In business in Waterford.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 1914. 5th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Killed in action at Monchy-le-Preux, May 19, 1917.
'He received a commission in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in September, 1914. He took part in the landing at Suvla Bay on August 15th, 1916, was severely wounded and invalided home. After a period of light duty he went out to France, when he took part in many of the great battles. He was reported wounded and Missing at Monchy-le-Preux (May 19th, 1917), and is now presumed to have been killed on that date. At the outbreak of war he was engaged in business in Waterford, where he enjoyed universal popularity.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
On 15th August 1915, at Gallipoli, he received a gun shot wound to the left foot and subsequently caught scarlet fever.
Service record: WO 339/25435
2nd/5th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment)
Son of William and Edith A. Harding, of Hope Lodge, Oxton, Birkenhead.
'In his two years here Eric Harding showed the qualities that make a boy universally liked and respected. He did everything keenly, quietly, cheerfully; he had sound common-sense ; and there was that natural modesty about him which makes the most lovable of friends. On leaving School he became articled to a Chartered Accountant; his keenness for athletics never flagged; he undertook the Secretarial duties of the Birkenhead Cricket Club and was an active member of the Liverpool Ramblers Football Club. When war broke out, he enlisted at once in the King's Liverpool Regiment, in which he got a commission in September 1915. He went out to the western front in February of this year and on the night of July 5th, while on patrol duty, he was hit in the leg by a bullet: he continued to fight on and kept his men under splendid control, until he was hit again, this time mortally.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Liverpool Daily Post:
The death in action is announced of Lieutenant Eric S. M. Harding of the King's (Liverpool) Regiment. He was 25 years of age, and the second son of the late Mr. William Harding and of Mrs. Harding, 21, Templemore-road, Oxton. Lieutenant Harding was educated at Malvern College, and when the war broke out was preparing for the final examination to become a chartered accountant. He joined the ranks as a private in 1914, and obtained a commission in the following year, subsequently putting in some good work at Oswestry Camp as a bomb instructor. He had been on the Western front for some time, and on 5th inst., while on patrol duty, a large body of the enemy tried to surround the patrol. Although shot in the leg, Lieut. Harding kept his men well in hand, but he was hit again, and died while being carried back to the trenches. Lieutenant Harding was well-known in athletic circles. He was secretary of the Birkenhead Cricket Club, and was regarded as one of their best bowlers. He was also a promising member of the Ramblers' Football Club.
Son of the Hon. Mrs. Haverfield, of 46, Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington, London.
attd. 24th Punjabis.
'John Haverfield was the son of the late Major Henry Haverfield, R.H.A., and the Hon, Mrs. Haverfield, who is at present in charge of a Scottish Women's Hospital in Serbia. He passed from Sandhurst into the Indian Army (27th Cavalry) in 1908, and exchanged to the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1912. In 1913 he retired from the Army to take up business in India. On the outbreak of the war he offered himself for service, and was attached to the 24th Punjabis. He died on July 14th, in the Persian Gulf, of wounds received in action.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Son of Major R. Hayes-Sadler, of "Cooleen," Farnborough, Hants.
'He will always be remembered here with real affection for his gentle, thoughtful, kindly disposition. He had a calm and quiet manner, and there was nothing shallow in any friendship he made. He reached no prominent position in the School, but a short soldier life brought fully to light his pluck, courage, and determination. He was wounded slightly in April, and re-joined his Battalion in July. He was again wounded in September, but was reluctant to go back when ordered to do so; soon after a shell burst near, killing him. His Captain writes: "We all greatly feel his loss, he was so keen on his work and popular in all ranks; he was of the greatest help, keeping cool under terrific fire, and, had he got through, I should have sent in his name for mention." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Killed in action near Delville Wood.
11th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment
Son of Arthur and Constance Laura Hicks, of 113, Finchley Rd., Hampstead, London.
'His many School friends will remember him as a boy of an exceptionally happy and cheerful disposition, apparently without a care. Only those who knew him intimately realized that there was another and serious side to his character. It was there all the time, and those who served with him in the Army saw that side, and valued it. He died of wounds, as a prisoner of war, in a German field hospital.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Service record: WO 339/54191
Son of J R. N. Hitchings, Shalford, Guildford. b. 1877.
Great War. Private Inns of Court O.T.C.; 2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn. The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) attd. 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Accidentally killed near Douai, December 3, 1918.
'Frank Hitchings was a boy whose career at School was not marked by any notable incident. He reached quite a high place in the School in work, and could always be relied on to do his best, whatever it was that he undertook. Physically he was not very strong, and by reason of this he never was able to do much in the way of games. In spite of a weak constitution, he was determined to take his part in the war as far as he could, and he did much more in active service than those who knew him at School could have thought possible. He joined an O.T.C. in January 1915, and received a commission in the 5th Battalion of the Queen's Regt in May 1915. He went to France in June 1917. He was invalided home in October 1917, and was with the 2/4th Queen's at Tunbridge Wells till last October, when he went to France again, and was attached to the 6th Royal West Kent Regt. From information received, it is clear that he was esteemed and loved by his brother officers and his men.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
Inscription at ST MARY THE VIRGIN CHURCH, Shalford, Guilford:
LIEUT FRANCIS NOEL WELLS HITCHINGS 4TH RESERVE BN. THE QUEENS ROYAL WEST SURREY REGT/ KILLED BY THE EXPLOSION OF A SHELL WHILE CARRYING OUT SALVAGE WORK AT AUBERCHICOURT, FRANCE DEC 3RD 1918
9th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps and Northumberland Fusiliers
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hobbs, of Riding Mill, Northumberland. His brother, Lieut. H.E. Hobbs, also fell.
'After leaving School he went into business, but on the outbreak of war he volunteered for service and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 10th Northumberland Fusiliers in Sept. 1914, and was, later, promoted Lieutenant. On May 25th, 1915 (the very day on which his elder brother was killed in action in Flanders) he joined the Royal Flying Corps, and was granted his pilot's certificate on June 26th, and on Aug. 26th he passed his final examinations. He was killed on Sept. 7th at Martin Mill, near Dover, whilst he was engaged in practice flights. He had shown great skill in the management of machines of various types. The accident which caused his death was due to the machine getting out of control. He was buried with military honours at St. Margaret's Bay on Sept 9th. He had considerable ability, and his career at School, where he displayed much activity of mind and body, gave promise of success later on. His bright and cheery disposition gained for him many friends.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Dover Express - Friday 10 September 1915:
MILITARY AVIATOR KILLED AT DOVER.
The first military fatal flying accident at Dover occurred early Tuesday morning, when we regret to report that Lieut. Geoffrey Brian Hobbs, of the Royal Flying Corps, aged 19 years, met his death owing to his machine falling to the ground at Martin Mill from a great height.
His age was 19 years. He had flown for a total of from 45 to 50 hours, and had had experience of many sorts of machines. At about a quarter to six on Tuesday morning the deceased ascended in a Martinside biplane for a flight. This machine was new him, but it was in good order and had been flown the evening before by two different pilots. His time for flying would be about half an hour. At the end of that time a telephone message arrived from the waterworks at Martin saying that the machine had fallen to the ground heavily. Witness ordered the break-down tender and a hospital orderly to go at once. Witness went with the tender, and in a field to the east of the waterworks he found the machine which had been used by the deceased smashed on the ground, with the engine in the ground and the back doubled up as if it had come down head first. The deceased was pinned beneath the machine. The machine was lifted, and the deceased was cut clear. He was dead. The deceased was removed on a stretcher and taken on the tender to the Duke of York's Hospital.
Raymond Champion said that he was the engineer in charge of the Martin Waterworks. A few minutes to six o'clock the previous morning he was in the yard, and he was watching a flying machine. It was flying very high —at least 3,000 feet — and was going straight along, when it suddenly shot round two or three times, and then turned over several times and fell to the ground. Witness heard the machine strike the ground, and he sent the message to the last witness, and then went to the place where the machine had fallen.
Another officer of the Royal Flying Corps said that he gave the deceased instructions to fly on Tuesday morning and what he was to do. The machine was in good order, and had only been in use four and a half hours. It was sent out the night before for the purpose of seeing if it was all right, and it was reported by the instructor that all was right.
Lieut. Hugh Roker Evans, R.A.M.C., stationed at the Duke of York's School, said that the body was brought to the Hospital a little before seven o'clock on Tuesday morning. He examined the body, and found that death had quite recently taken place. There was a very extensive fracture of the vault of the skull, exposing the brain. The left leg was broken — both bones. Death was caused by the fracture of the skull. The fall would be quite consistent with the injuries.
Sussex history forum
279th Railway Coy. Royal Engineers
Son of Charles William Hodson. C.S.I. and Maria Hodson.
'On leaving School he studied engineering at King's College and in 1910 secured an appointment on the East Indian Railway. Here he did excellent work, especially in connection with flood difficulties, and received commendation. In April 1916 he joined the R.E. (Railway Troops) and was killed on May 8, 1917, while constructing a big gun position. His School record of good steady work has been well maintained in his subsequent career; when the call came, he threw up a good post and placed his skill at the disposal of his country.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
'He left in his Will a sum of £2,000 to King's College "For the improvement of the Engineering Dept." '
Kings College London
Son of Edward Hume (Barrister-at-Law) and Agnes Mary Hume, Church House, Oatlands, Weybridge. B. 5th July 1890.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; South Staffordshire Regt. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1913.
Great War, killed in action at Ypres, October 26, 1914.
"B" Coy. 1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
He was fond of polo and sailing.
At the time of his death his battalion formed part of the VIIth Division, and as he senior officers had been killed he was leading his company.
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman
Son of Sir Travers and Lady Humphreys, of 47, Castlebar Rd., Ealing, Middlesex, and 6 Montpelier Road, Ealing, W. b. 1897.
Upper Shell—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Great War, Private Inns of Court O.T.C. ; 2nd Lieutenant K.R.R.C.
13th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps
'Having passed London Matriculation, 1st Class, he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., and obtained his commission in November 1915. Early in this year he was invalided home, and underwent an operation for appendicitis, returning to the front in July last. On 28th September he was acting as Intelligence Officer, and about 5 a.m. received a slight wound on the head. This having been dressed, he was sent with two attendants to the Aid Post, but during the short journey a shell burst a few yards from the party, killing three of them, including "Dick" Humphreys, instantaneously. His Captain writes: "It has been an awful shock to us all, for he was intensely admired for his magnificent courage and utter disregard of danger. He was just fearless. He was extraordinarily efficient in the discharge of his duties, and his loss will be most keenly felt. He was also very keen on the promotion of sport in the Battalion, and was a great sticker for looking after the comfort of his men, both in and out of the trenches." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Service record: WO 339/47531
Son of J. F. Hussey, Quatre Bras, Dorchester, b. 1887.
Lower IV—Lower Shell.
Great War, Lieutenant I.A.R.O.; invalided 1915. 81st Pioneers.
Son of William Hanley Hutchinson and Elizabeth Clare Hutchinson, The Meads, Ripon. b. 1890.
Upper Shell—Matriculation Class.
Great War, Lieutenant 2nd/5th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) 1914 (overseas).
The announcement of Lieutenant Hutchinson's death has been received with very great regret in Ripon, where he was very highly esteemed by all who knew him, and his sad death has cut short an exceedingly promising career. Lieutenant Hutchinson was educated at Kent House School, Eastbourne, and at Malvern College, where he remained until he passed his preliminary examination for the law. He served his articles with his father until the last six months, when he went to the firm of Messrs Crossman, Pritchard and Co., of London, where he finished his articles. He passed his final examination and was admitted as a solicitor on the 13th October 1913. He practised in Ripon until the end of September 1914, when he joined the West Yorkshires, his commission being dated September 30th, 1914. He completed a thorough training in England with his regiment, and was appointed machine gun officer. He was a good officer, a smart soldier, and greatly esteemed by all ranks. He first went on active service at the beginning of January this year, returning home for ten days' leave in July last. He returned again to the Front on the 1st August. Prior to the war Lieutenant Hutchinson was deeply interested in the Church Lads' Brigade, and held the rank of lieutenant in the Ripon Cathedral branch.
Lieutenant Allan T Hodgson, in a letter to the bereaved parents, says : "Dear Mr Hutchinson, It is with great sorrow that I have to write to tell you of the death of your son in action on the morning of the 22nd November whilst gallantly leading his men to repel an enemy counter-attack near Bourlon Wood. He led his men splendidly throughout the great attack of the 20th and 22nd November. He has proved himself a gallant young officer, and I am proud to have had him under my command. Both his fellow officers and men join with me in most sincere sympathy for you and your family in your bereavement.
There is a marble memorial tablet to him at Ripon Cathedral.
Harrogate People newspaper articles
Massacre on the Marne: The Life and Death of the 2/5th Battalion West …By Fraser Skirrow
Son of A. W. Hutton (Manager for John Russell & Co and works manager for Cyclops), Wayside, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield. b. 1891.
Upper IV B—Science Form.
Birmingham University ; B.Sc. 1912.
Engineer (John Russell & Co., Ltd.).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 5th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment.
He was employed with John Russell & Co., Ltd.. as Assistant Engineer, during which time he showed exceptional ability, both technically and in the handling of men: volunteered on the outbreak of war: was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 5th South Staffordshire Regt. 26 Aug. 1914, and promoted Lieut. May, 1915; went to France In March. 1915 and was killed in action during an attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt 13 Oct. following.
His Colonel wrote: “He was one of the most promising officers in the battalion, and his name would shortly have been sent forward for promotion to Captain. If there was any responsible work which required careful attention, I could always depend upon his doing it thoroughly, and I had the greatest confidence in him. His quiet modest demeanour was an additional claim on the regard which we all had for him, and I can assure you that all his surviving comrades feel his death as a keen personal
loss. Of all the subalterns I lost on 13 October, your son was the one I could spare least. Universally popular, full of promise, and with a quiet reserve of strength, he will long live in our memories.”
Memorial at St. Matthew's Church, Church Hill, Walsall:
IN MEMORY OF/ JOHN BARNABAS HUTTON/ LIEUT. 5TH BATT. SOUTH STAFFS. REGT./ TERRITORIAL FORCE/ KILLED IN THE ATTACK ON/ THE HOHENZOLLERN REDOUBT IN FRANCE/ OCT 13TH 1915. AGED 24./ A TRIBUTE OF HIGH ESTEEM FROM/ THE STAFF AND WORKMEN AT/ THE CYCLOPS AND NEW SIDE IRONWORKS/ "Greater love hath no man than this that/ a man lay down his life for his friends."
Son of John and Mary Barstow, The Lodge, Weston-super-Mare. b. 1895.
Upper IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XI Football; Fives Pair; Gymnasium IV.
Great War, Private N. Somerset Yeomanry 1914; Lieutenant R.A.F.
Eric Jackson-Bristow RAF who was killed while flying near Caterham in Surrey on January 27 aged 23 was the only son of Mr J.J.Jackson-Barstow and Mrs Jackson-Barstow of "The Lodge" Weston-Super-Mare. At the age of 19 Captain Barstow enlisted in the North Somerset Yeomanry in Bath and took part in the battle of November 17th 1914 outside Ypres in which a number were killed, and Barstow was wounded. He was given a commission after a few weeks sick leave, and was appointed ADC to General Lee, serving on the East Coast.
When thoroughly restored to health he applied for a transfer to the Royal Air Force. He gained his "wings" in 1917, and had since been flying regularly in France and Germany. He was making for Kenley Aerodrome when a heavy snow storm came on and in endeavouring to land he crashed into a bank in Marden Park."
Son of Charles Bevan Jenkins and Kate Edith Anna Elizabeth Jenkins, of Beryl House, Wells, Somerset and Uplands House, Swansea, b. 1895.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class.
Articled to a Solicitor.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Welch Fusiliers 1914 ; Lieutenant R.F.C.
Wounded at Gallipoli.
'Although never a prominent member of the School, Cyril Jenkins gained the affection of all with whom he came in contact; simple and unassuming, there was a hidden strength of character which attracted all. He left in December 1913 to follow his father's profession as a solicitor, but upon the outbreak of war he joined the 3rd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers with his chum, John Morris (who was killed in action on 15th May, 1915) ; he was sent to the Dardanelles in the following September, and saw most of the campaign in Gallipoli, receiving a slight wound just at the end of his time; from this he quickly recovered, and on returning home joined the Royal Flying Corps. He was killed in consequence of an accident to his machine on 3rd October.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
His plane an Avro 504A 7970, in 58 Sqn, lost speed in a turn and nose dived in the Cramlington area.
Fatal Air Accidents
Born December 3rd 1884. Son of S. L. Johnston, Meldreth, Cambs.
Army III—Modern I. House Prefect; House XI Cricket; XL Football.
In business (Gatebeck Gunpowder Works).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 12th Bn King's Liverpool Regt. 1914, Lieutenant.
'The youngest of a quartette of brothers, he was a fine type of boyhood. He received a Commission in the Liverpool Regt., and saw a good deal of service until he was killed in action in September of this year.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Husband of Lilian Aimee Johnston, of Woodside, Ings, Kendal, Westmorland.
Service record: WO 339/16383
Son of Thomas Killby (butcher and meat purveyor) and Annie Killby, 152 Highbury New Park, N. b. 1882.
Modern IV—Lower Modern II.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "C" Bty. 307th Bde. Royal Field Artillery , 1914.
Husband of Gladys Cressy Spear (formerly Killby), of Brewhurst, Loxwood, Billinghurst, Sussex.
'Chester Killby as a boy had a quiet and retiring nature, below which was a strength of sterling character, which endeared him to all his friends. He left School early to go into business, and for some years was a member of the London Stock Exchange. When war broke out he volunteered, and was gazetted as a 2nd Lieut, to the R.F.A. After training he went to France, and very soon proved to be one of the bravest of the brave, frequently volunteering for any post of danger. He was in command of an anti-tank gun, in a forward post, on March 21st. when the German offensive began. For some time he was reported missing, but news has since come from a wounded prisoner in Germany that he was seen, standing alone by his gun, surrounded by the enemy, till he fell, mortally wounded.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
On March 20, 1918, Lt. Killby took command of an anti-tank gun in front of Holnon Wood, near St Quentin, and the following day he was reported missing, believed killed in action, defending his command.
Biography at Stewkley
Service record: WO 374/39550
Son of Harold and Adele Lea-Smith, of Heathfield Houses, Windmill Rd., Wimbledon Common and Gothic Lodge, Wimbledon Common, S.W. b. 1897.
Upper V—Matriculation Class. Minor Scholar. XXII Football.
Magdalen College, Oxford.
Great War, Private Middlesex Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
'Full of vigorous life, Leslie Lea-Smith showed great promise in his school days. He was a delightful companion, particularly attractive for his sturdy independence. He answered his country's call for the first 100,000 men by enlisting in the Public Schools Battalion (16th Middlesex), where he obtained two stripes. In February, 1915, on his 18th birthday, he received his commission in the "Buffs" (East Kent Regiment). He was wounded in the Hohenzollern crater fighting in March, 1916, and many will recall his graceful figure and imperturbability from the following account which appeared in the "Daily Chronicle": "When all the men in one of these infernal craters were dead or wounded, Lieutenant Lea-Smith ran forward with a Lewis gun, and served it during a fierce attack by German bombers until it jammed. Then he left the gun and took to bombing, and that single figure of his flinging grenades like an overarm bowler kept the enemy at bay until reinforcements reached him." For this act of heroism he was mentioned in despatches. He was killed in action on July 7th, and his Colonel writes: "He was quite the most gallant boy I have known, and his fearlessness almost amounted to recklessness, so great was his utter disregard of danger. His loss to the Battalion is irreparable, and he will be truly mourned by both officers and his men who were devoted to him, as their comfort was always his first thought."' (Malvernian, Jul 1916).
Biography at Merton
Son of E. W. M. Lloyd, Hartford House, Winchfield, and Eleanor E. Lloyd, of Hartley Wintney, Hants. b. 1894.
Upper V—Science I. Minor Scholar.
Apprenticed to an Architect.
Great War, Private 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 8th Lincoln Regt. ; Lieutenant 123rd Field Coy. Royal Engineers
'Wynell Lloyd showed a good deal of sturdy common-sense and determination at School. He was not popular in the ordinary sense of the word, but those who knew him best discovered the true value of his character, and he was one of those who merit and obtain the trust of others. On leaving School he took up the profession of an architect. Immediately after the outbreak of war he enlisted and served in the ranks for some months, and then gained his commission in the Lincolnshire Regiment. But feeling he could turn his special talents and training to better account in the Royal Engineers, he applied for a transference.' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
At the proceeding of a Court Martial on 4th May 1918:
Corporal R. Prior stated that when Lieutenant Lloyd came on parade he noticed that Sapper Robert Bell was not wearing his putties. He brought the accused out in front of the parade, and Lloyd asked him why he was not wearing his putties. Bell said that they hurt his legs. Lloyd dismissed him and told him to go and put his putties on. While inspecting the rear of the two ranks, Lloyd was shot in the forehead and fell to the ground. Sapper Robert Bell was seen in a trench with a rifle.
The accused stated that he slipped when getting out of the trench to rejoin the parade, after failing to find his putties. His rifle flew forward and exploded. He had forgotten to remove the round placed in the barrel earlier in the day, when he went hunting for hare or partridge.
It was stated that the accused was a good shot and had shot game before, especially rabbits.
CSM Foster said that Bell told him "When I set out to accomplish a thing, I do it, there it is. I have done the section a good turn. You'll think of Bob Bell in years to come." He added that he was not aware of any ill feeling between Lieutenant Lloyd and the accused.
In mitigation it was stated, he had enlisted on 9 January 1915, and been in France since December 1915.
Sapper Robert Bell was sentenced to death by shooting with no recommendation for mercy. He was shot at 4.12 am on 22 May 1918.
Court Martial details at Woodyatt site
Son of Mrs C. R. Longbourne and late Charles R. V. Longbourne of Highmead, Guildford Liphook, Hants, b. 1887.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class. House XI Football; Anderson Medal.
Solicitor 1912 ; 1914. 2nd Lieutenant 5th Battalion attd. 2nd/4th Bn. The Queens (West Surrey Regt.)
Great War, mobilised 1914, Lieutenant.
Killed in action in Gallipoli August 9, 1915.
He was mortally wounded on May 8th, 1915, whilst leading his platoon near the crest of Chocolate Hill above Suvla Bay. His men went on but were driven back, and had to dig themselves in. It was found impossible to bring him in under the heavy fire during daylight, but he continued to give his orders as he lay in the open for some hours until he died. At school his cheery nature and peculiarly loyal and affectionate disposition endeared him to all who knew him. (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
'He took part in the landing at Suvla Bay on the early morning of 9 Aug 1915, and in the subsequent assault on Chocolate Hill, the same day; while leading his platoon in the attack he was badly wounded near the top of the hill, but refused to allow his men to help him, telling them to go on. Afterwards, owing to the cross fire and nature of the country, it was found impossible to get to him and he was never seen again. ' (De Ruvigny).
Son of Dr. Reginald Horace Lucy, M.B., F.R.C.S. (O.M.), and Emily Susan Lucy, of "Sunnymead," Abbotswood, Guildford and 9 The Crescent, Plymouth. b. 1893.
Army III—I. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 2nd Bn. Northamptonshire Regt. 1913; Lieutenant 1914.
He returned home with his regiment from Egypt in October 1914, and went out to the front in November.
He was wounded in action on the 12th March 1915, at Neuve Chapelle, while attending to a wounded sergeant, and died on the 19th March, at No 7 Hospital, Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Son of Sir Edward Mann, Bt., Thelveton Hall, Scole, Norfolk b. 1892.
Middle IV A—Upper Shell. School Prefect. XI Cricket 1910,11 ; Rackets Pair; Prichard Racket; XL Football.
Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Cavalry Reserve 1914 ; Lieutenant "C" Sqdn. 20th Hussars
'He was a distinguished member of the famous Eleven of 1910, and first string of a Rackets Pair which went far towards winning the Competition at Queen's. He himself won the Prichard Racket in 1911. On leaving School he matriculated, and spent three years at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he was in the College Fifteen and Captain of the Cricket Eleven. At the outbreak of the war he obtained his commission from Cambridge, and was posted to the 13th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry, and first went on active service in the winter of 1915, when he joined the 14th Hussars in Mesopotamia and took part in the Kut Relief Force. After the fall of that town he had a severe attack of fever and dysentery, and was invalided home. In December 1917 he was transferred to the Hussars, and joined the regiment on active service in France. He was in the cavalry division which held-up the Germans in their March offensive, and was twice wounded. He took part in much cavalry work during the British offensive which began in July, and was killed in action on October 3rd. Such was his four years service. Fond of games, he was also a fine rider and game shot: and he was a sportsman in the truest sense of the word; frank, open, and chivalrous, he "played the game" in its real essence. His conception of duty was high, and he was among the first to see where it lay in August 1914. Always cheery and high-minded, his influence among his fellows was great, and there was no one with whom he came in contact who was not the better for knowing Charles Mann. By the many who knew him his loss will be felt very keenly.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Captain of Cricket XI at Pembroke College Cambridge. Brother of Frank Mann who captained England in all 5 tests against South Africa in 1922-23.Wisden
Service record: WO 339/34706
Son of Fleet Surgeon H. E. Marsh, Edensor, Liss, Hants, b. 1896.
Modern III—Army I. House Prefect.
Great War, lost on H.M.S. Russell, April 27, 1916.
'At School his bright and cheerful nature endeared him to those who knew him, and inspired a confidence that he would make an excellent officer. That this early promise was being fulfilled is borne out by the following extract from a letter written after his death: "His work and character were held in high esteem by those whose business it was to appreciate their value, and his loss is very sincerely regretted, especially amongst the senior officers." He lost his life in the sinking of H.M.S. Russell on April 27th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
Son of Rev. the Hon. John and Mrs. Marsham, of St. Clair, Seaford, Sussex, and St. Maur, Newton Abbot, b. 1885.
Middle IV—Middle Shell.
South African Police ; Farmer in Canada.
Great War, Private Strathcona's Horse 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 11th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment transf. to Labour Corps.
(overseas); severely wounded 1915 ; attached Hants Regt. Died at Winchester, February 26, 1919.
'Marsham had a varied life before the War. He was for a time in the South African Police, then in India, and finally engaged in farming in Canada. He enlisted as a Private in Strathcona's Horse, and soon obtained a commission in the 11th Worcesters. In October, 1915, he was very severely wounded in the right arm—a wound which caused him intense and prolonged pain and prevented him taking the field again. When he had to some extent recovered he joined up again and was attached to the Hampshire Regiment for work in connection with agriculture. He died of pneumonia, at Winchester, on February 26th, 1919.' (Malvernian, Nov 1919)
He served in 'D' Company of the 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Whilst training he was wounded by shelling at Maricourt, on the Somme river bank on the 7th October 1915. After he was wounded he was awarded the Silver War Badge and then served with the Labour Corps.
He married Olive Hill in 1918. He later died age 32 on the 27th February 1919, of pneumonia following on from his wounds.
Son of R. Mason, West Mount, Edgbaston. b. 1882.
In business ; 2nd Lieutenant Warwickshire R.A. (V.) ; retired ;
2nd Lieutenant 3rd Batt. N. Lancashire Regt. 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914. Died at Netley, September 30, 1914, of wounds received at the battle of the Aisne.
'He was much attached to his old School, which he visited as often as he could. At school he was a keen member of the Artillery Corps, and on leaving to join his father's business he took a commission in the Warwickshire Artillery Volunteers. In that Corps he became a most keen and efficient officer, and finally gave up business and joined the Special Reserve, as it was his ambition to join the Regular Army. He belonged to the Loyal North Lancashire Regt., and with it went abroad with the first division of the British Expeditionary Force. He was at the Battle of Mons, and was subsequently wounded on September 14th at the Aisne, and brought home to Netley, where he died. It was found that the force of the German bullet had driven the metallic identity disc into his lungs.' (Malvernian, Nov 1914).
Born 6 March, 1894, son of Reginald Metcalfe-Smith, 101 Eaton Terrace, S.W.
Middle IV—Lower Shell.
Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Great War, Private Queen's Westminsters 1914 ; Lieutenant W. Yorkshire Regt.
'Bertram Metcalfe-Smith did not fill a great place in the School, but will be remembered by his House as a keen naturalist and a boy with many hobbies. He left Malvern early for a year with a Tutor, and afterwards went to Trinity Hall, joining the W. Yorks, Regt. early in the war. He was seriously wounded in April, and died a few days later at the Canadian Clearing Station, leaving a fine record as a good soldier who always did his duty.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
'Lieut., 4th (Extra Reserve) Battn. The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regt.), only son of Reginald Metcalfe Smith, of Nunirons, Olney, co. Buckingham, by his wife, Kate Frances, 3rd daughter of the late Lieut.-Col. Bailey, 4th Battn. The Bedfordshire Regt.; born London, 6 March, 1894 educ. Parkfield, Haywards Heath; Malvern College, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge; joined the Queen’s Westminster Rifles 6 Aug. 1914; served with the expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the following Nov.; was invalided home in Feb. gazetted 2nd Lieut. in the West Yorkshire Regt. 13 April, 1915; promoted Lieut. in 1917; returned to France in Dec. 1916, being shortly afterwards attached to the 21st Battn. The West Yorkshire Regt., and died at No. 4 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station 2 Apr11. 1918, from wounds received in action on the 18th of that month. Buried in the British Cemetery, Pernes, Pas-de-Calais. His Commanding Officer wrote: “Your son was a good soldier, always cool and cheerful in danger, and he was very popular with us all. We shall miss him greatly. He died a soldier’s death, with his duty well done, and you may be proud of him.”' (De Ruvigny)
Service record: WO 339/29814
Son of Arthur Lewis Moore and Sara Chambers Moore, of "Hill Ree", The Warren, Radlett. Born in London, Sept 1st 1895.
Middle Shell—Science I. School Prefect.
Magdalen College, Oxford.
Great War, Lieutenant 10thKing's Royal Rifle Corps
Accidentally killed October 19, 1915.
'He was killed accidentally at the Bombing School at Fleurbaix on October 19th. His Colonel wrote that he had been selected to go through this course as being one of his most promising young officers, and one who if called upon would never fail. A Sergeant of his platoon wrote of him: "The men thought the world of him, and given the chance would have followed him as their leader to the end, no matter what that end might be. I cannot find words to properly explain how the men and myself do feel." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
'Apparently 2nd Lieut Moore was handling a G.S. Grenade and probably tapped it with his hand causing explosion. Moore killed and all others more or less seriously injured and suffering from shock and not in fit state to give any information.' (Telegram to A.A.G. 1st Army, 19th Oct 1915, from 20th Division)
There is a memorial to him at Christ Church, Roman Rd, Radlett, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire.
Service record: WO 339/31859
Born: April 13th 1894. Son of William Stewart Morice (O.M.), and Laura Morice, of 8, De Vere Gardens, Kensington, London, and 5 Avenue Mansions, Willesden Green. Native of Ricksmanworth, Herts.
Lower IV—Lower Modern I. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XI Football 1912,13 ; Ledbury Cap.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 7th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment. 1914 Lieutenant.
'Norman Morice, like all the members of his family, entered with the keenest zest into all branches of school life. A good worker, of a disposition which endeared him to everybody, masters as well as boys, good at games, he will be mourned by all with whom he came in contact. He was at home on leave only a few weeks ago, and seemed most keen on his adopted profession. Very soon after his return he was seriously wounded, but his letters were cheerful and bright, and made light of his injuries, so that all his friends were unprepared for the sad news of his death. He was a keen member of the Choir, having, when he first came, a very good treble voice. He sang many solos in Chapel and at School Concerts. He was intended for a business career, but on the outbreak of war joined the 7th Bn. E. Yorks Regt., in which regiment we learn from his Colonel he was one of the most promising officers.' (Malvernian, Apr 1916).
On 23rd November 1915, he was admitted to St John's Hospital, Etaples with Influenza.
On 27th February 1916, he was severely wounded with a gunshot wound to the right thigh and compound fracture, and he died on the 11th March 1916 at No 7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne.
Service record: WO 339/24366
Unit War Diary for March, not Feb 1916: WO 95/2002/1
Born: 16th September 1894. Son of Reginals Neill (O.M.) and Geraldine Neill, of "Sheena", Craigavad, Co. Down., and Collin Grove, Dunmurry, co. Antrim.
Modern II—I. Chance Prize. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 11th Royal Irish Rifles 1914, Lieutenant.
'Reginald Neill was the son of R. Neill (O.M,), of Dunmurry, Co. Antrim. He rapidly made his way to the top of the Modern Side, and won the Chance Prize. On leaving School he became a stockbroker, and when war broke out he obtained a commission in the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles. He was in action at the battle of the Somme (July 1st, 1916), and was reported Missing, His father has never been able to obtain any news of what happened to him. To him we extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of a son of proved merit and capacity.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
The unit war diary states that their attack was initially successful but their flanks were exposed and the Germans heavily counter-attacked. The remnant of the battalion who went to attack in the morning at 7.30am returned to their trenches at 11.45pm with only 4 officers and 250 men.
''The Lieutenant was in B Coy, 2nd in command and took over when Captain Craig was wounded. I saw Lt Neil wounded at Thiepval on July 1st 1916; he was in a communication trench between the first and second German lines. He was lying down; his wound had been dressed; we held the ground. It was being heavily shelled all day.' (Informant L/Cpl M. Griffin)
There is a memorial plaque in St John the Baptist Church of Ireland Church, Suffolk, Belfast.
Photograph and small biography at IWM
Biography and details of Memorial plaque
Service record: WO 339/14586
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2506/1
Son of Rev. F. B. Nunneley M.A., M.D., and Mrs. Nunneley. b. 1883.
Ill—Lower Modern I.
Royal West Kent Militia ; Northumberland Fusiliers (retired) ; Secretary North Eastern Agricultural Society 1911.
Great War, re-joined 3rd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers attd. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and then 1st Bn Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle, October 26, 1914, Despatches.
Husband of Edith Margery Mansfield (now The Hon. Mrs. J. E. Svensson, of "Ashgarth," Wallington, Surrey).
His Commanding Officer wrote: 'Lieutenant Nunnely met his death as follows at Neuve Chapelle on the 26th October 1914. The enemy had captured a trench in which was a gun. He attempted to recapture the trench by crawling through a wire fence, which was about thirty yards from the enemy. His men got hung up in the wire, and Lieutenant Nunneley calmly stood up, encouraging and directing them regardless of all personal risks, and was shot at close quarters by the enemy.’
Detailed biography at IWM
Son of G. S. Ogilvie, The Lodge, Woodbridge. b. 1883.
Lower IV—Upper V. House Prefect.
University College, Oxford ; B.A. (Third Class History) 1904 ;
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Army Service Corps, transferred 60th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died of gas-poisoning, October 30, 1918.
Husband of Annie Culver (formerly Ogilvie), of The Chase, Weybridge, Surrey. M.A. (Oxon.).
'Alexander Ogilvie went up to University College, Oxford, took Honours in History, and subsequently studied Engineering. He obtained a commission in the A.S.C., and afterwards transferred to the 47th Siege Battery, R.G.A. In his last action, when he was in command of a battery, an accident at a difficult corner prevented him from getting the last of his six guns into position. Just then the Germans sent over volumes of gas. With the regulation gas helmet it was impossible to give orders. Rather than sacrifice his infantry by being one gun short, Ogilvie deliberately took off his mask, and succeeded in getting the gun into action before he collapsed. He was brought blinded and unconscious to England, where he succumbed to pneumonia, on October 30th.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
Son of A. Paget, Radmoor, Loughborough, b. 1884.
Engineer ; with M.R., Parsons' Steam Turbine Co., and N.E.R.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Northumberland Fusiliers (N.E.R. Pioneers), R.F.C. attached Australian F.C.
'Gerald Paget entered the service of the North-Eastern Railway in 1909, after previous engineering experience elsewhere. He was an enthusiastic railwayman, and took the keenest interest in all new ideas and inventions. Early in 1915 he joined the N.E.R. Pioneers, and was afterwards attached to the Australian Flying Corps. Here he soon established the most cordial relations with his new comrades, being always cheerful and helpful, and taking far more than his share of the work. He was out flying on July 13, with a new pilot, when the machine was shot down; both men were killed instantaneously and buried with military honours by the enemy. He leaves a wife and young daughter; to whom we offer our most sincere sympathy.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
Born 14th July 1894. Son of Rev. George and Eva Blanche Palmes, Naburn Hall, York.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; 1st Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
'He was killed in action near Ypres whilst rallying his men in a charge against the Prussian Guard. ' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).
'He was wounded on May 8th round Zonnebeke. It took three wounds to finish him. He came out with us and was a very nice gentleman. I saw him wounded the first time, but he kept going and was going about with a bayonet in one hand and a revolver in the other. It was the case of every man for himself, and we had to get back to keep the line straight. He got finished on the way and his servant was wounded trying to save him. The stretcher bearers sent in the news of his death. A man of my Coy, Pte Storey, who has been killed since saw him dead and told us.' (Ref Lance Corporal Dexter, No 14 Clearing Hospital, July 23rd 1915, Boulogne).
Below is the unit war diary extract:
8th May 1915. Trenches heavily shelled with high explosive; this was followed by a ferocious attack. C & D Companies were shelled out of their trenches. A & B drove off ferocious attack and withdrew from trenches at night.
Casualties. Killed Captain H K Hughes, Captain K Lambert, Lieut Palmes and 53 Other Ranks.'
Service record: WO 339/15776
Unit war diary: WO 95/2274/1
Son of A. L. Pearson, Walkinshaw, Renfrew, Scotland, b. 1881.
Farmer in New Zealand, Queensland and Argentina; on the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway.
Great War, Lieutenant 7th Cameron Highlanders 1914.
'After a period of office training, he went to New Zealand and took up sheep farming. This was followed by a visit to Queensland and his return home. He then joined his brother in an estancia in the Argentine, subsequently obtaining a post on the Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway. When war broke out he came home to fight for his country, and obtained a commission in the Cameron Highlanders. He was shot through the head by a German sniper, on the morning of November 23rd, 1915. From letters we have seen, it was obvious that he was in every way a most efficient soldier.' (Malvernian, Nov 1919).
Son of H. Peel, Taliaris, Llandilo, S. Wales, b. 1889.
Middle IV—Modern I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
Tea Planter in India.
Great War, Lieutenant R.F.A.
'Robert Peel was a boy of a quite distinctive character. He had great influence in his House. His quiet demeanour, his sound principles, his stern sense of duty, made a deep impression on those with whom he came into contact. His thoughtfulness for others was a noticeable feature in his character in those early days, and this characteristic came out fully when he became an officer in the Army.
He held an appointment in the south of India when war broke out. He resigned this, and reached England in December, 1914. He received his commission on December 30th, in the R.F.A. He was at Suvla Bay from August, 1915, till the evacuation, and then in Egypt till the battery went to another front in July 1916. Last December he was awarded the Military Cross, for rescuing wounded under heavy fire, and preventing the explosion of ammunition dumps. He died, on September 3rd, of a shell wound received the same day while on duty with the guns.
Those officers who knew him most intimately have written of him as follows: "He was a man of very wonderful sympathies, whose fine sensibilities and humanity not even the worst side of war could blunt. He was one of my best officers, and a very tower of strength and help at all times."
"He left the impress of his personality writ large over all his men ; he has 'made' by his example more officers than one."
"When he was wounded he realised that his wound was fatal, and he tried to persuade the doctor to leave him, and said, 'The time you spend in attending to me will be wasted; look after the others, please.' As he lived a splendid life, so he died a splendid death."
"Had anyone else met his death as he did, we should have thought it wonderful : as it was —he was just himself."' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Son of Colonel R. D. Perceval-Maxwell, D.S.O., Finnebrogue, Downpatrick. b. 1897.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Scottish Rifles 1915 ; Lieutenant 1916.
'He left Malvern young, seizing the opportunity of the emergency examination for Sandhurst in August 1914. On passing out of Sandhurst he was gazetted to the Scottish Rifles, but was kept at home till within a week of his 19th birthday, when he was sent to France. He fought on the Flanders front and was wounded on July 31, 1917. Returning to France in April 1918, he was killed in action July 23. Letters from his Colonel and brother officers show that he was a fine and fearless soldier and a great loss to his regiment.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Son of Rev. J. G. Pinder, C.F. b. 1887.
Middle V—Mathematical VI. House Scholar. English Essay ;
Dowdeswell Prize 1904-06 ; Warrington Exhibition. School Prefect.
Mathematical Scholar, Queens' College, Cambridge ; B.A. (Sen. Opt.) 1909 .
Ceylon Civil Service 1910.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Leicestershire Regt. 1915. Despatches.
'Held in high regard for his singularly sincere and unselfish character, he was also intellectually one of the most distinguished boys of his time. He was not only an apt mathematician, but also showed a marked literary bent; and he proved during his short term of service in Ceylon that he possessed administrative ability of a high order. Volunteering for the war in 1915, he was given a commission in a Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment, in which he was later promoted Lieutenant and became Signalling Officer. He was considered a particularly cool, capable, and trustworthy officer, invariably cheerful under whatever conditions. For conspicuous gallantry on one occasion, when, exposed to heavy fire, he dug out men buried by a shell, his name was specially recorded. He was killed—it is thought by a sniper—on September 15th.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Born 6th November 1887. Son of Lt.-Col. Sir David Prain, C.M.G., C.I.E.(Director or Royal Botanic Gradens in Kew), and Lady Prain, of The Well Farm, Warlingham, Surrey.
Upper V—VI. Senior Scholar. Faber Exhibitioner. House Prefect.
University of St. Andrews ; B.A. 1908 ; Lincoln College, Oxford ; B.A. 1910 ; Oxford University O.T.C. ;
Leicestershire Regt. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1912.
Great War (overseas). "C" Coy. 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment. Despatches.
Qualified as a 1st Class Interpreter in French.
Died at Rue de Bois near Armentieres.
Below is an extract from the Unit War Diary:
'21st October 1914. Ordered to relieve W. Yorks in Chemical Factory - Rue De Bois line at 8pm.
22nd October (Thurs). Held trenches. Heavily shelled by shrapnel and heavy howitzers all day. Casualties, Lt Prain, Lt Dods and 11 other ranks killed and 25 wounded. '
Service record: WO 339/7875
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1611/2
Son of Mrs. Priestley, Edgbaston. b. 1895.
Middle IV B—Modern II. House XI Football.
Great War Private 6th Royal Warwickshire Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant R.G.A.
'He enlisted in September 1914, in the 6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and went to France in March 1915. In September 1915 he obtained a commission in the R.G.A., and in the spring of 1916 he again went to France, and from then until he was sent home in March 1918, suffering from gas poisoning, he was in the thick of the fighting both on the Somme and at Passchendale. A wonderful tribute has been received from his C.O. of his bravery and goodness, and from all sides his mother has been comforted by hearing of the respect in which he was held by his men. He died at Streatham Hall Military Hospital, Exeter, on June 19th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
Born: Jan 9th 1888. Son of J. Richardson, 94 Sydney Place, Bath and Sneaton Hall, Whitby.
Yorkshire Regt. 1908; Lieutenant 1911.
Great War, 2nd Bn. Yorkshire Regiment.
'It was reported that a few Germans were actually in the Quarry and a bombing section under Lt Hill was despatched to deal with them. Lt Hill was almost at once reported shot and the company then, still believing, the enemy could be but few in number, sent Lt Brooksbanks platoon to clear them out. However a message soon came back from the platoon to say that there must be quite 50 of the enemy in the place & that Lt Brooksbank had been wounded.
D Coy under Capt Richardson was just about to withdraw & was ordered to clear the Quarry with B Coy to support it. Capt Richardson was mortally wounded as he rose to move.' (Unit War diary)
'Informant states that on Sept 26th 1915 at Loos, about 2 o'clock am, orders were given to fix bayonets, and to proceed down the 1st Quarry from the British Lines at Loos in order to clear them, and whilst in the quarries informant was in close proximity to Captain Richardson, and heard him fall and make exclamation in agony. Informant reports that Captain Richardson was shot. The trenches were afterwards retaken by the enemy and informant saw no more of the body, being injured himself.' (Reference: Sergt I Sales. 6392, 2/19 Yorks Regt, D Co., Lily Lane Hospital, Manchester, October 27th 1915)
Commemorated at St. Mary's Church, Whitby
Service record: WO 339/7013
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1659/4
Born: Jan 3rd 1891. Son of Samuel Robinson (Brewer) and Elizabeth Jane Robinson, Rydal House, Huyton, Liverpool.
Middle IV A—Army I. Ledbury Cap.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Loyal North Lancashire Regt. 1910 ; Lieutenant 1913.
Great War, 1st Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
'The second of three brothers, who were all in No. 9, Edgar Robinson made a distinct mark, in a quiet way, during his School career, especially as a runner. He passed through Sandhurst, obtained a commission in the North Lancashire Regiment, and was promoted Lieutenant in 1913. His regiment formed part of the original Expeditionary Force, and on September 14th, 1914, he was posted Missing. In the absence of any further information, he is now presumed to have been killed.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919)
He is believed to have been killed at Gustrow.
The Unit War Diary gives a detailed description of the Battle of the Aisne with 14 officers and 400 men lost.
Service record: WO 339/7743
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1270/1
Son of Colonel Herbert J. and Agnes E. Robinson, of Moor Wood, Cirencester, Glos., and Charlwood, Surrey, b. 1887.
Upper IV A—Lower Shell.
5th Lancers (from Special Reserve) 1911 ; Lieutenant 1914.
Great War, "D" Sqdn. 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers.
He was fond of hunting, polo, and steeplechasing.
He went to France with his regiment on the outbreak of war, and was killed in action whilst his regiment were being used as infantry.
Service record: WO 339/7913
Son of St. G. C. W. Robinson, Woodville, Sligo. b. 1895.
Modern III—Army II. House XI Cricket and Football.
Lieutenant 3rd Batt. South Staffordshire Regt. 1913.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Lieutenant 1914.
Killed in action October 27, 1914.
'His brother officers have written of him with praise and affection, describing him as a most promising soldier, and speaking of his wonderful calmness and pluck under fire. On the day of his death no less than five officers had been killed or wounded, and he was left in command of the Company; and it was while going round to see that they were safe that he met his end.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
Son of N. P. F. Sandiford and Emily Sandiford, of "Aucklands," Grey Rd., Altrincham, and Bowdon, Cheshire, b. 1888.
Lower IV—Upper IV B.
Formerly in Parr's Bank ; Farmer in Canada.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant West Yorks., attached 5th
5th Bn. Cheshire Regiment .
Husband of Ruth Ellen Sandiford.
'He was the youngest of three brothers, all at School House, all boys of high character and sound common-sense'. (Malvernian, Jun 1917).
On the 1st and 2nd April 1917, his battalion was employed in repairing the roads near Arras (Achicourt-Beaurains and Arras-Achicourt, Achicourt-Wailly and Wailly-Bac du Nord roads) which were in a bad condition owing to the large amount of heavy traffic. There was a fall of snow during the evening which further impeded work.
On the 3rd April, Sec Lieut N P Sandiford and 1 OR died of wounds. (Unit War Diary).
Service record: WO 374/60305
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2943/1
Born: October 28th 1883. Son of Colonel and Mrs. Sheppey-Greene, of 146, Elgin Avenue, Maida Hill, London, and Army and Navy Club.
Upper V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect.
Exhibitioner, Worcester College, Oxford ; Fourth Class Class. Mods. 1904 ; B.A. (Third Class History) 1906 ;
Ordained 1907 ; Curate of St. Chad, Haggerston, 1907 ; St. Cyprian, Dorset Square, 1910 ; St. Thomas, Clapton, 1912.
Great War, C.F. 1914 ; 1915. 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Bn. attd. 7th Bn. Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment).
'He entered No. 3 as a Minor Scholar, and left with an Exhibition at Worcester College, Oxford. In 1907 he was ordained, and did good work in several London parishes. Early in the war he joined the Army as a Chaplain, but subsequently took a combatant commission in the Royal West Kent Regiment. For some time he was with the Special Reserve Battalion at Chatham, where his old Headmaster saw a good deal of him. Recently he went to the front, and died of wounds received in action. He was, as boy and man, attractive and deservedly popular, and his influence was always for good. As an officer, he was an expert in musketry, and very efficient in all ways. There are many who will mourn his loss.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918)
Service record: WO 339/41610
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2040/2
Son of J. A. Sisson, 4 Fenham Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne. b. 1895.
Middle Shell—Matriculation Class.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant R.G.A. 1914, Lieutenant.
'The youngest of three brothers in the same House, George Sisson will be widely remembered for his unfailing good nature, and the kindness and straightness of his character. He attained to no high distinction while at School, but his influence was strong, and his devotion to his School unequivocal. He was entered for Clare College, Cambridge, but never went into residence, as he obtained a commission in October 1914, and joined the Expeditionary Force in France in September of the next year. He took part in much active service on the Western front, and was invalided home in October 1916. He returned in July 1917, and he was wounded and taken prisoner in November. He was reported to have died of his wounds on December 20th.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).
Son of W. H. Speer, Mus. Doc, Powyscourt, Balcombe, Sussex, b. 1894
Upper V—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. XL Football.
Trinity College, Cambridge.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; Lieutenant R.F.A. and R.F.C.
'On the outbreak of war he joined the Public School Brigade, and subsequently received promotion. In 1915 he trained for the R.F.C, becoming attached in January of this year. He was on active service from March until July 9th, when he met his death in combat in the air over the enemy lines. He was attacked single-handed by six or seven Fokker machines; his machine was shot down and he and his observer burnt. His commanding officer reported that: " he was a gallant soldier, a fine flier, and a most fearless fighter." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Born 23rd August 1893. Son of Lt. Col. Henry Jessop Stone (O.M.) and Emma Veronica Stone (nee Cunliffe), Bedfords Lodge, Windsor.
Lower Shell—Army I. School Prefect. House XI Cricket.
Great War, 1914. 2nd Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
'He was killed in the trenches on Oct. 26th. His Colonel describes him as "one of the finest young officers I have ever had under my command," and adds "he was absolutely fearless and dashing to a degree. He behaved with exceptional gallantry, and handled his men with great skill on the Marne. I had every intention of sending in a special report on him on account of the excellent work he did on several occasions." ' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).
He was killed on 25 Oct 1914, age 21, near Neuve Chapelle in the Battle of Langemarck which was part of the First Battle of Ypres.
Below is an extract from the unit war diary:
'La Boutillerie. In Trenches.
25th October 1914. Attacked at 1.15am & 4am. Both attacks driven off. Heavily shelled all morning & also attacked several times.
Casualties:- Lt E R C Stone killed.'
He is commemorated at Petton Church in Shropshire. His maternal grandparents were Ellis Brooke Cunliffe and Emma Florence Cunliffe (nee Sparling) of Petton Hall.Memorial description at Petton
Service record: WO 339/11144
Unit war diary: WO 95/1365/3
Son of G. Sturt, Lismore, Weybridgc. b. 1893.
Upper IV—Modern I. Boldero Prize. House Prefect.
King's College, London (Engineering School).
Great War, Private Middlesex Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant.
'He was known amongst us as a boy of high principle, courteous manners, and considerable ability, especially interested in scientific subjects. He was studying engineering at King's College, London, when at the beginning of the war he joined the Public Schools Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment. He was given a commission in the Regiment in December 1914. In August 1915, when he had been barely a month at the front, he was wounded, but returned to his Battalion last March. He was killed by a German sniper on August 16th, just after carrying out a dangerous patrol with great success. He was considered a very capable officer, "one of the best in the Battalion," said his Colonel, and a touching letter from his Platoon Sergeant concludes thus : "I can truly say that he was beloved by his own Platoon; not only was he a leader whom any man would be proud to follow, but also his great abilities were always freely at the disposal of all wishing to consult him when in doubt or difficulty. We could not help admiring him as a man as well as respecting him as an officer."' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Son of E. V. Surr, San Francisco, U.S.A. b. 1891.
Upper Shell—Lower VI.
Birmingham University ; B. Com. (First Class) 1913.
In business (Baldwin's, Ltd.).
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 5th Worcesters.
'After leaving School he attended Birmingham University and took his degree with honours in commerce. He afterwards entered the works of Baldwin's Ltd., and at the outbreak of war joined the Royal Fusiliers. Later he took a commission in a battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment, and went to the front a year ago. He was keenly interested in the Boy Scout movement, being a Scoutmaster for some years. As a boy at school he was distinguished for his kindly and genial courtesy. A short poem written by him not long before his death is published below.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).
Those golden entry-ways of cloud
Like islands in a sunset sea
Are gateways, leading from the crowd
Of mortals, to where God must be.
Beyond, unfathomable blue.
From out which peeps one evening star.
Revealing Peace, which men still view
In glimpses only, seen afar.
How many souls have passed that way ;
Gone through the gateways gleaming bright ?
How many angels come each day
To meet there those who seek the Light ?
Men cannot tell, but this they know,
Those clouds must be a trysting-place,
Where wait them, toiling still below.
The souls who early won their race.
R. V. S.
(Killed in action October 1916).
Son of Harry Walter Swayne and Maude Isabel Bull (formerly Swayne), of The Cot, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, and Glastonbury, b. 1895.
Middle IV A—Lower Modern II.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Somerset Light Infantry 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915. 2nd Bn. Somerset Light Infantry
'He went to France on Christmas Day 1914, and was for some time in the trenches. Having been invalided home he was sent to another Battalion of his Regiment at Quetta, where he died from appendicitis on May 25th, 1917. Cheery and buoyant in temperament and fond of every kind of game and sport he had many of the qualities which go to form the good soldier and popular officer. He was not at Malvern long enough to become prominent, but he was one of those boys who are quick to make friends wherever they go, and there will be many besides his own family to mourn his loss.' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Son of W. A. Sweet-Escott, Hartrow, Penarth. b. 1898.
Shell—Upper V. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football ; XI Cricket.
Great War, Lieutenant R.F.A. Killed in action October 14, 1918.
'He was killed on October 14th by a shell, which struck the O.P. from which he was observing. Bill Sweet-Escott, in spite of a shy manner and reserved disposition, had many friends at School, as afterwards in the service; it is given to a few to have the capacity, which he possessed, for forming the closest friendships. Consequently his loss will be felt by many with peculiar severity. During his School life he held the respect and affection of all who knew him. Conscientious, with a strong sense of duty, he played a large part in the life of his house, and won popularity without courting it. That his sterling qualities were recognised in the service is amply proved by letters from those with whom he served. His C.O. wrote that he was very brave, and that no task was too difficult or too dangerous for him. Perhaps two extracts from the letter of a brother officer recall him best: "He was brave as a lion, a very gallant officer, a perfect gentleman, and a splendid friend"; and, " He was awfully popular, everyone knew him as 'Bill,' from the Divisional Artillery Staff downwards."' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).
Son of J. P. Tatham, 16 Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead, N.W. b. 1890.
Upper IV B—Lower Modern I. House Prefect. Ledbury Cap.
Farmer in England ; Tea Planter in Ceylon.
Great War 1914-19 (overseas), Private Royal Fusiliers 1914 ; Lieutenant 14th Middlesex ;
'After two years' of farming in England, he went to a tea plantation in Ceylon. At the end of 1914 he came over to England, enlisted in the Empire Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers. Early in 1915 he received a commission in the 14th Middlesex, and one year later joined the 11th Middlesex in France. He was invalided home in August 1916, suffering from shell shock. Later he was with the 1st Battalion, with whom he was serving when he was awarded the Military Cross. He was demobilised in March 1919. But the war had left its mark on him, an operation was considered essential, and he died, as the result of it, on May 25th, 1919. Another of those quiet, unassuming boys, who have proved their worth up to the hilt.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
Son of A. Taylor, Starston Place, Harleston, Norfolk, b. 1888.
Upper Shell—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XL Football.
Pembroke College, Cambridge; B.A. 1910.
Assistant Master St. Andrew's, Eastbourne ; in business (Osier's, Birmingham).
Great War, Lieutenant 5th Shropshire L.I. Killed in action August 9, 1915.
'He took the greatest interest in all that belonged to school life, and his cheerful disposition together with a sense of humour made him a splendid companion. As Head of No. 3 he showed the qualities of a real leader; he never spared himself, and by his kindness and patience he always got the best out of others. On leaving Cambridge, he returned for a short while to his preparatory school, St. Andrew's, Eastbourne, and after that he went into Osier's Glassworks in Birmingham. He was killed in Flanders on August 9th, aged 27. He met his death while in command of an advanced trench, a shell killing him instantaneously while he was endeavouring to bind up the wound of one of his corporals.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).
Son of Major F. L. C. Thomas (O.M.), Yapton, Camberley. b. 1893.
Upper IV B.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Essex Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
Great War, killed in action in Gallipoli, August 6, 1915.
'F. G. B. Thomas, the son of Major Thomas (O. M.), was only at Malvern a very short time, as the climate did not suit him. He was with the 1st Essex at the landing at Gallipoli, and was wounded on May 6th. He subsequently re-joined his regiment, and was reported Missing, believed killed in the attack on the Turkish trenches before Krithia, on August 16th, 1915. He was only 22.' (Malvernian, Nov 1919).
Son of F. E. Thornhill, Cross Hall Lodge, St. Neots, Hunts, b. 1891.
Lower IV—Modern I. House Prefect.
Trinity College, Cambridge ; B.A. 1913 ; East Kent Regt. 1912. 1st Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Great War, Lieutenant 1914. Killed in action October 1914 ; M.C., Despatches.
'Robert Thornhill went up to Trinity, Cambridge, and after taking his degree obtained a commission in the East Kent Regiment in 1912. He took part in the early campaigns, was mentioned in Despatches, and was one of the first recipients of the Military Cross. He was reported wounded and Missing in October 1914, and, as nothing further has transpired, he is now presumed to have been killed. He was one of those keen, cheerful boys who contribute so much to the life of a House. He gave of his best at School, as he did afterwards on the battle-field.' (Malvernian, Dec 1919).
"On the 23rd October, 1914, Thornhill and his platoon were sent forward to reconnoitre a gap in the line where the enemy had pushed the 2nd York and Lancs out of some trenches. There appeared to be no enemy in the gap and Thornhill and his men rushed forward to secure the trench, unfortunately Thornhill and ten of his men were shot down at 15yds range by a hidden machine gun post. Only ten of the party returned unhurt, bringing seven of the wounded with them, but were obliged to leave Thornhill who had actually fallen into the trench and several others."
Son of Rev H G Thwaites, Limber Magna. b. 1876.
Served in South African War 1901—02.
Husband of Ethel J. A. Thwaites.
Great War, Private Canadian Infantry 1916; Lieutenant 1916. 7th Bn. Canadian Infantry. Killed at Paschendale.
'He was one of three brothers who entered the School together. He was killed in action, on November 10th, 1917, and so far we have been unable to obtain further details.'
(Malvernian, Dec 1919)
The War Diary states that Lieut B. C. Thwaites was in charge of No 6 Platoon and he was wounded at 7.30am on the 10th November an hour and a half after zero hour at 6.05am which was the start time for the resumption of the offensive on Passchendaele. Map of operations including Map location V.30.b.1.4.
The War Diary further states that 'The good work done by Capt Mogg, Lieut Carter and Lieut Thwaites during the operations deserves to be recommended.' (They were all killed by shell fire in the reserve trench.)
Unit War Diary for November 1917 Unit war diary - Thwaites wounded Recommendations
Son of A.. Turner, 124 Chancery Lane, W.C. b. 1895.
Lower Shell—Matriculation Class.
St. John's College, Oxford. Great War, O.T.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant Middlesex Regt.; Lieutenant R.F.C.
'He went up to Oxford in October 1914, where he joined the University O.T.C., and soon afterwards obtained a commission in the Middlesex Regiment. After 18 months' service he exchanged into the R.F.C, and gained his wings in July 1916, being appointed an instructor on the day he became a pilot. For many months he acted as an instructor with various squadrons, and last May he went abroad. On May 24th he was returning from a reconnaissance over the enemy lines, when he was attacked by hostile aircraft. He was then reported missing, but is now reported killed. He made his mark as a keen and capable instructor, and his services as such were invaluable, but his high sense of duty called him to the front. The C.O. of the squadron which he left when he went to the front reluctantly parted with him, for as he wrote: "He was extraordinarily popular here, and I feel his loss very much, both as a personal friend and as an officer who had worked hard and well for this squadron."
His squadron commander in France wrote : "He had been with this squadron only a few days, but I had already come to look on him as one of my best officers." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Son of C. F. Wahl, 14 Mincing Lane, E.C.
Lower IV—Upper IV.
Balliol College, Oxford; Taylorian Scholar 1899; BA. 1901;
LC.S. 1903. Great War, Lieutenant I.A.R.O. 28th Indian Light Cavalry.
'At the outbreak of war he gave up his Indian Civil Service work and joined the Indian Cavalry, being attached to the 28th Light Cavalry, and taking part in a campaign "somewhere in Asia," which has not yet been divulged. His is only one more instance of the sacrifice of position and everything else for the sake of duty.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).
Between January and August 1916, the 28th Light Cavalry was involved near the Afghan border to try and control movement across the border and prevent unrest, and was also involved in operations against the Dahmanis. Further details on 28th-light-cavalry
Son of Captain J. Waley, Northumberland Street, W. b. 1895.
Upper IV B—Modern I.
Great War, Private Middlesex Regt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 12th Bn. Royal Fusiliers .
'On the first day of the war he enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment, but was transferred to the O.T.C., and gazetted to the Royal Fusiliers. He went with his battalion to France, and was seriously wounded in the fighting at Loos in 1915. He developed tetanus, and lay for many weeks between life and death. On recovery he re-joined the depot, and in due course went back to his original battalion in France, where, within 48 hours of his return to the trenches, he met his death leading his platoon.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).
Son of W. V. Wallace, I.C.S., Rock House, Tiverton, b. 1894.
Upper V—Army I. House Scholar. Heywood Prize.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.G.A. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1915.
'Stuart Wallace won his house scholarship at the age of twelve, and all his work here and later bore out his early promise: he was unfortunate in his Woolwich career, as a series of illnesses, including appendicitis, deprived him of what had seemed a certainty, a commission in the R.E. His bright wits, combined as they were with an affectionate disposition, and a happy youthfulness of manner, made him an interesting and attractive personality to those with whom he was thrown in his daily life, both in his house and outside it. In the earlier part of the war he was stationed at Gibraltar, and then was sent home as Asst. Commandant of a heavy Artillery Signalling depot, where, as we hear from his C.O., he showed himself an exceedingly efficient instructor: so efficient indeed, that he was kept at home longer than would have otherwise happened, and much longer than he himself wished. He left for the front on May 16, and was killed while firing his gun on May 31. His Battery Commander has written: "In the few days he had been with us he had shown himself to be keen and capable, and his death is a great loss to me."' (Malvernian, Jul 1917).
Son of Son of John Walmesley, of Lucknam, Chippenham, Wilts and Mrs. Ewart, 8 Holyrood Terrace, The Hoe, Plymouth, b. 1890.
Magdalene College, Cambridge ; 3rd Batt. Yorkshire Regt. 1910.
Great War, Lieutenant 1914. 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Yorkshire Regiment.
'He went to France early in Oct 1914, and was killed in action about th 21st of the same month, near Ypres.
He was shot though the head, death being instantaneous and was the first of his regt to fall.
Lieut Walmsley is described as a thorough soldier whom his men would have followed anywhere.
He was a keen sportsman and a well known and fearless rider to hounds. He was Master of the Cambridge Harriers, 1912-13, and hunted with the Quorn, the Belvoir, and the Cottesmore, during the winter of 1913-14.' (De Ruvigny).
Son of S. B. Watson, Greenbank, Brigham, Cockermouth. b. 1894.
Lower Shell—Lower VI. House XI Football.
Magdalene College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 11th S. Staffordshire Regt. 1915 ; Lieutenant M.G.C.
'The keen interest Charlie Watson took in all the details of School life endeared him in no small degree to the members of his House; and the news of his death has caused grief to all who remember the promise he showed. Upon leaving Malvern he entered Magdalene College, Cambridge; but in January 1915 he joined a Training Corps, receiving a commission in the following month, and was awarded the Military Cross only a few days before his death. In the early morning of 12th July last he was in the Support Line which was giving covering fire for an infantry raid, when a shell burst a few yards from him, inflicting wounds from which he died four hours later. His Commanding Officer writes: "my own sorrow at his loss is only equalled by my pride in having had such an officer under my command." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).
Military cross citation: 'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of two machine-guns. Under heavy artillery fire he controlled the fire of his guns in such a manner as to break-up a determined enemy attack. Later, when the enemy had got round his flank, he moved his guns and inflicted heavy casualties on them. He fought his guns most efficiently, and his conduct throughout was of the highest order.'
Born 20th December 1890. Son of Rev. Arthur Lewis Whitfeld (O.M.) and Mary Ellen Whitfeld (formerly Curzon), Hughenden Vicarage, High Wycombe.
Middle IV A—Army I. XL Football; House XI Cricket.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Royal Irish Rifles 1910 ; Lieutenant 1914.
Great War ; Despatches. 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Rifles.
'His career at school was that of an unassuming good-hearted boy, who was everyone's friend and had no enemy. Clean and straight in his life, he held a promising position in his regiment, and had earned the reputation of a good horseman and keen sportsman.
He was mentioned in the despatches of Sir John French of Oct. 19th. ' (Malvernian, Nov 1914)
He was killed in action at Croix Barbee, near Bethune.
IWM biography Detailed early biography at hughendenparishchurch
Service record: WO 339/7751
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1415/1:
Son of Thomas and Frances Whitfield, of 56A, Cambridge Rd., Southport. Born in 1889 at Stoke Manor, Salop,
Middle IV—Mathematical VI. House Prefect.
Mathematical Exhibitioner, Queens' College, Cambridge ; B.A. (Second Class Mechanical Sciences Tripos) 1911.
Assistant Superintendent Engineer 1912 ; Physics Lecturer at St. John's College, Agra, 1913; R.E. Special Reserve 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914. 104th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
'He went to France in September 1915, and was killed on January 20th. A brother officer writes of him : "He has never swerved in unfaltering loyalty to his superiors, devotion to duty, and courage and cheerfulness under most trying circumstances." (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
The following is from the Unit War Diary:
17.1.16. Portion of Oxford St destroyed by shell fire; Pioneers repaired it during night. Fish St cut through but not yet rivetted.
18.1.16 Working parties. No 2 section rivetted Fish St with frames, but it shall require sand bagging on each side. Snipers active especially in front of Stables.
19.1.16 Regret following Casualties: Lieut J B Whitfield, Sapper Hazell & Pioneer Sullivan. The two men died from their wounds the same evening. Lt Whitfield was taken to Menin Road dressing station & sent on immediately by motor ambulance to Vlamertinghe & thence to No 10 Casualty Clearing Station near Poperinghe.
20.1.16 Lt J. B. Whitfield died of his wounds at 5.30am.'
There is a memorial window to him and his brother in the Church of St. Luke's, Hodnet.Memorial window
Service record: WO 372/21/136056
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2199/2
Born 28th April 1887. Son of Thomas and Frances Whitfield, of 56A, Cambridge Rd., Southport, Lancs. Native of Stoke Manor, Shropshire.
Upper IV B—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Civil Engineer ; Assistant on L. & Y.R. 1909-10 ; afterwards on G.W.R. ; Assoc.M.Inst.C.E. Great War, Lieutenant R.E.
Killed in action at Bailleul, May 12, 1916. 104th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
'He took up the profession of Civil Engineer, and became Assoc. M. Inst. C.E. He was assistant on L. & Y.R. 1909-10, when he joined G.W.R. During the war he received a commission as Lieutenant in R.E., T.F. He was killed on May 12th. His younger brother, J.B., was killed last January.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
'12.5.16. 9pm Lt Whitfield killed beside me (the adjutant) behind extension of Winter Trench, probably fixed rifle shot.' (Unit War diary)
Memorial window at St Peter's Church, Stoke On Tern, North Shropshire
Service record: WO 339/29487
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2199/2
Son of Henry Wall and Ada Wilkinson, 14 Creffield Road, Ealing, W. b. 1894.
Upper IV B.
Afterwards at Repton School.
Great War, Private Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914 ; Lieutenant 1st/4th Bn. Hampshire Regiment attd. Dunsterforce
'He was in Mesopotamia from 1916 to 1917. Once wounded. Killed in action at Resht, Persia when advancing to Baku on 20 July 1918.'Greatwarforum
Dunsterforce was named after its commander, General Lionel Dunsterville and was intended to organise local units in northern Iran (Persia) and southern Caucasus, to replace the Tsarist armies that had fought the Ottoman armies in Armenia. In July 1918, Captain Stanley Savige, five officers and fifteen NCOs of Dunsterforce, set out towards Urmia and were caught up in an exodus of Assyrians, after the town had been captured by the Ottoman army. About 80,000 people fled and the Dunsterforce party helped hold off the Ottoman pursuit and attempts by local Kurds to get revenge on the Assyrians for their earlier plundering.Wikipedia article
Service record: WO 374/74535
Son of George Dyott Willmot and Nellie P. Chattock (formerly Willmot), Blyth Cottage, Coleshill, Birmingham, b. 1895.
Modern III—Science I. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment. 1914.
'He received his commission in October last in the 6th Worcesters (Special Reserve of Officers), and went to France in January. He was killed in action on July 8th.' (Malvernian, Jul 1915).
Coleshill Chronicle 10th July 1915 LIEUT. J. D. WILLMOT KILLED ROYAL MESSAGE OF SYMPATHY News was received on Monday evening of the death in action on July 3rd of Lieutenant John Dyott Willmot, the eldest son of Mr George Dyott Willmot, of Coleshill. Lieutenant Willmot was in his 20th year. He joined the 6th Worcestershire Battalion (Officer’s Reserve) last October, and left for France in January, as a subaltern attached to the 2nd Worcesters. He was invalided home owing to an accident, but returned to the front after a few weeks. In his school days he was known as a great athlete, and at Malvern College, where he went from Mr J G Bradshaw’s Preparatory School at Packwood Hough, he won the open high jump in 1913 and 1914 and the long jump in 1914. He was in Mr P R Farrant’s house at Malvern, and became a School Prefect. He was a member of the Officers’ Training Corps at the College. Mr and Mrs Willmot received a telegram from Buckingham Palace as follows:- “The King and Queen deeply regret the loss you and the Army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of this country. Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow.”
Biography at Coleshill Remembers
Born: 25th July 1896. Son of Francis Stanton and Mary Innes Wilmot-Sitwell, Monkswell, Beaulieu, Hants,
Lower IV—Army III. House Prefect.
R.M.L.I. 1914. Portsmouth Bn. R.N. Div Royal Marines.
Great War. Killed in action in Gallipoli, July 14, 1915.
'He went out with the R.N.D. in the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forde, Feb 1915, landed at Gaba Tepe with the Anzacs, and was killed in action on the slopes of Achi Baba, on the 13th July.' (De Ruvigny)
His name is inscribed in a memorial at St Matthew's Church, Morley, Derbyshire below a statue of St George.Memorial details
Son of H. I. Wilson (O.M.), 139 Bishop's Mansions, S.W. b. 1892.
Lower Shell—Mathematical VI. Minor Scholar. House Prefect.
Ontario Agricultural College.
Great War, Lieutenant Royal Welch Fusiliers.
'His career at school in a general way, and more particularly the energy and determination he showed in endeavouring to reach the aim he had set before himself, gave certain indications of what might be expected of him when he arrived at the age of manhood. And the record of his work as an officer marks the fulfilment of these expectations. He made Mathematics his special study, and it was intended that he should go to Cambridge; but, owing to a change of plans, he went to Canada and joined Guelph College, Ontario. After he had finished his course there, he was appointed to do work under the Canadian Government, and he was engaged on this when the war broke out.
The action for which the Military Cross was awarded to him is spoken of, in the official announcement, as follows: "Thanks to his dauntless courage, splendid leadership, and perseverance, a position captured by another battalion was successfully consolidated by the company under his command, despite intense machine-gun and rifle fire. His contempt of danger, splendid personal example, and devotion to duty inspired his men with the greatest confidence and enabled them to fulfil their task under the most trying and adverse conditions."
The Major-General of the division in which his regiment was, speaks of him as a keen and courageous officer, and his Major says that he was leading his men in a counter-attack on April 6th, when he was killed by machine-gun fire. During the whole night before the attack he was very cool and collected, thinking only about his dispositions for the attack and the best he could do for his men. "I need hardly say he was absolutely fearless, and he seemed to have no other thought than to ‘put up a good show,' which he did. No leading could have been finer, and the troops responded admirably to his leadership." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).
Son of Charles Edward Wodehouse (O.M.) and Eva Wodehouse, Woolmers Park, Hertford, b. 1885.
Ill—Lower V, House XI Cricket and Football.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant 1st Bn. attd. 10th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment.
'Evelyn Wodehouse was the son of C. E. Wodehouse (O.M.), and the second of six brothers, who were all in No. 9. He was one of the first to join the Public Schools' Brigade on the outbreak of war, subsequently obtaining a commission in the Bedfords. He went to the front with them, and made himself as popular with his Regiment and Brigade as he had always been at School. He was killed while carrying out some extremely difficult and dangerous patrol work against an enemy occupying a strong, well-protected position. One recalls him as a high-spirited, thoroughly open and frank boy, whose good-nature and pleasant manner won for him many friends. These qualities were not merely superficial, but were the expression of a generous and very genuine character.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).
Son of H. J. Wood, Rissington, Hersham, Walton-on-Thames. b. 1886.
Middle IV—Upper V. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Brasenose College, Oxford; B.A. (Third Class Jurisprudence) 1907 .
In business ; Coffee Planter and Farmer in British East Africa.
Great War, Lieutenant King's African Rifles (German East Africa).
'Hubert Kenneth Wood, like his elder brother now serving as Captain in the A.S.C., was one of the many Malvernians whom Brasenose has been glad to welcome in the last twenty years. During his three years' residence he showed his energy in many ways. He played football (Association) and cricket for the College, rowed in the Second Torpid, and took Honours in the Law School. After leaving Oxford he went into business in the City, but the life did not suit him, and about five years ago he started coffee planting in British East Africa. He worked very hard at this and had been very successful. In July 1914 he came home, because he had suffered from fever and had been ordered by his doctor to remain out of the colony for six months. Nevertheless he returned shortly after the declaration of war, thinking it his duty to do so. He accepted a commission in the King's African Rifles, and went through all the earlier fighting in German East Africa, but from the un-healthiness of the country he again contracted fever, and was invalided to the Cape, where he remained in hospital for some months. As soon as he could obtain leave to do so, he started back to the front, and though, as he said in his last letter written at Dar-es-Salaam, the doctors were ordering him back to Nairobi, he persisted in applying for leave to re-join his men knowing that they were short of officers. This leave he must have succeeded in obtaining, for it is known that he died of malaria at Morogoro on May 16. His friends, while sorrowing deeply for his loss, will cherish the memory of the spirit in which he sacrificed his life.' (Oxford Magazine).
Son of C. A. Woodhouse, Southmead, Wimbledon Park. b. 1891.
Modern III—I. House Prefect.
Chartered Accountant 1913.
Great War, Private H.A.C. 1914 ;Lieutenant 5th Bedfordshire Regt. ; severely wounded ; Despatches (2). Died in hospital, March 1, 1919.
'Hugh Egerton Woodhouse was the second surviving son of Mr. Coventry Woodhouse, of Southmead, Wimbledon Park, S.W. He came to No. 5 a t Malvern in 1905, and went through the Modern Side to the top. He left in 1909, and, after being articled to a chartered accountant, entered his father's firm in 1913. At the outbreak of war he immediately responded to the call, and joined the H.A.C. as a Private. He went overseas with the 1st Battalion in September 1914, was invalided home with gastritis in January 1915, and in March of that year was commissioned to the 1/5 Bedfords, with whom he went to Gallipoli. He was wounded at Suda Bay on September 4th, and after recovering received an appointment at the War Office in Officers' Casualties Department. Promoted July 17th, he has been twice mentioned in despatches. On February 15th, 1919, he entered the Empire Hospital, for another operation on his wounded arm, contracted influenza and double pneumonia, and died there March 1st. He was well known amongst O.Ms. in town in pre-war days, and was possibly Malvern's greatest son in inches, as he was of the best in character.' (Malvernian, Jul 1919).
Son of G. W. Wright-Ingle (O.M.), Woodhouse, North Finchley, and of "Linkwood," Compton Place Rd., Eastbourne. b.1883.
II—Upper Shell. School Prefect. XL Cricket; House XI Football; Gymnasium Pair.
Pembroke College, Cambridge; B.A. 1906;
Barrister, Middle Temple, 1910.
Great War, Private Public Schools Batt. 1914, 2nd Lieutenant Royal Fusiliers 1914. 19th Bn. Royal Fusiliers attd. 2nd Bn. Leinster Regiment
The Wright-Ingle Exhibitions at Pembroke College, Cambridge, were founded in his memory.
'All who knew Cecil Wright-Ingle at School and those who have known him since will cherish his memory as that of a cheery companion and true friend. As a boy here he entered with great spirit into all that concerned the general life of the School, and in some departments of the School life he made his mark. From his early days here till the end of his life he had an intense love for the School. Letters which have recently been received by his parents bear testimony on the one hand to the excellent work which he did at the Pembroke College Mission after he left Cambridge, and to the real affection which was felt for him by the people amongst whom he worked ; and on the other hand to his capacity as an officer. His Colonel writes: "I knew your son very well, he was a fine officer. I made him an officer in the battalion and I always felt proud of my judgment. I never knew anyone who was more conscientious and keen in the performance of his duties. He was always a great example to us." He enlisted in the 2nd Public Schools Battalion when first formed, and after several months serving in the ranks was given a commission in his own battalion. He was killed on April 30th, aged 32.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).
There is a memorial window in the south wall of the south west transept (above the crèche) at St John’s Church, Friern Barnet, in memory of Cecil Wright-Ingle and a plaque below (within the crèche) reads: To the Glory of God and in loving memory of Cecil Hubert Wright-Ingle 2nd Lieut 19th Batt Royal Fusiliers (2nd Batt Public Schools) MA Barrister formerly of Woodhouse North Finchley Born 2nd Aug 1883 Killed in action in France 30th April 1916 and buried in La Plus Douce Farm Cemetery Wulverghem. This window is erected by his father and mother. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.Friern-barnethistory
Service record: WO 339/38910