The following is a list with biographies of the 459 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War. Altogether 2,833 are known to have served.
There was not a month from August 1914 to November 1918 that an Old Malvernian did not become a casualty, with 6 killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915 and 13 killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.
The vast majority of casualties occurred in France and Belgium with 31 names recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres, and 23 at Thiepval. There were also 23 casualties in Turkey due to the Gallipoli Campaign, and 16 in Iraq, including 2 near Kut.
They were in a wide range of regiments including 26 in the Royal Field Artillery, 13 in the Royal Engineers, 12 in the Worcestershire Regt, 11 in the Canadian Inf, 11 in the East Kent Regt (The Buffs), and 5 in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force.
Most were officers with 133 Captains, 125 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
22 received the MC, 5 the DSO and 1 the DCM, as well as 3 knighthoods (the CB, CMG, and MVO).
The information below is based primarily on the memorial books held at Malvern College which Ian Quickfall, and now Paul Godsland, the Malvernian Society archivists, have arranged to be digitised with the official memorial web site still in development.
Further information was also obtained from 'The Malvern College Register 1865-1924' edited by H.G.C Salmon, 'A History of Malvern College 1865 to 1965' by Ralph Blumenau, and 'Malvern College: A 150th Anniversary Portrait' by Roy Allen.
Information was also obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, the Unit War Diaries and Service Records held at the National Archives in Kew, and various online commemorative websites whose links have been provided.
The main battles have tried to be identified in which Old Malvernians died in. Many though were killed in the general attrition of Trench Warfare which is so vividly described in the book 'Nothing of Importance' by Bernard Adams.
Below is a map showing the locations of the 240 cemeteries where Old Malvernians are buried or commemorated in. The markers are coloured yellow for one casualty, orange for between 2 and 9, and red for 10 or more. The name of the cemetery and number of casualties can be seen by hovering over the marker, and the list of names seen by clicking on the marker. Their full biographies and pictures can be seen by clicking on 'Further Info'.
The records can be filtered and/or sorted by name, house, age, regiment, battle, date, place etc by clicking on the appropriate drop down box and then the 'Search' button below the map. The original memorial book entry can be seen by clicking on the person's picture.
Son of the Rev. A. Henry Arden (Reader in Tamil and Telugu), University of Cambridge, Curborough, Malvern. b. 1875.
Worcestershire Regt. (from Militia) 1897; Captain 1900 ; attached to Egyptian Army 1904; retired 1912; Osmanieh, 4th Class, 1913; South African War 1899—1902, Queens Medal with 3 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
Great War, re-joined Worcestershire Regt. 1914; Brevet Major 1915 ; D.S.O. ; Brevet Lieut-Colonel; severely wounded and attached Administrative Branch (Egypt)
No. 3 Cadet Wing Royal Air Force and Reserve of Officers, 2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment ,D S O, Mentioned in Despatches, Order of Osmanieh, 2nd Class.
Medal card: WO 372/1/109453
Son of George Ward Cook, of Hoylake; husband of Alice Cook (nee Dorman), of The Dower House, Quatt, Bridgnorth, Salop and Greenham Cottage, Hoylake. b. 1877.
Upper IV — Army Side. School Prefect. House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst 3rd Dragoon Guards 1897; Major 20th
Hussars 1911; South African War 1899—1902, Queen’s Medal with 3 Clasps.
Great War, Lieut.-Colonel Commanding 20th Hussars;
C.M.G., D.S.O., Croix de Guerre, Despatches (4).
In March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive, two mixed cavalry regiments were commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Cook, called Cook's Detachment. They acted as a relief force, and were ordered on 26th March 1918 to mount up and ride to Cattigny to help the French who retired. The Germans surrounded the detachment and overwhelmed them. George Cook was killed in the fighting and his body was never identified.
Biography at British Empire site
Unit War Diary 20 Hussars: WO 95/1140/2
Born 19 Dec. 1874. Son of Maj. Gen. F. F. Daniell (late Gordon Highlanders) and Mrs. Daniell,Hilifield, Detting, Maidstone.
Army Side. School Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket. R.M.C. Sandhurst; Seaforth Highlanders 1895; Major 1913; Staff College, Quetta, 1908; General Staff, Mhow, 1911—12; Occupa tion of Crete 1897; Sudan 1898, Despatches, Queen’s and Khedive’s Medals with Clasp; South African War 1900-01, Special Service, Queen’s Medal with 4 Clasps; N.W. Frontier of India 1908, Medal with Clasp; King George’s Durbar Medal 191
Great War, Brigade- Major 1914; G.S.O.I., Lieut.-Colonel 191 D.S.O., Despatches (. Seaforth Highlanders attd. to 21st Division General Staff. D S O.
Husband of the late Maud Esmie Daniell.
He obtained his commission in Sept. 1895, and was promoted Captain, March, 1901
Served in the occupation of Crete in 1897, took part in the Sudan Expedition, was present at the Battle of Atbara, and in the South African War, 1899-1901.
In 1908 he saw service on the North-West Frontier of India, taking part in the operations in the Zakka Khel and the Mohmand countries.
He was Adjutant of the 1st Battn. Seaforth Highlanders, 1902 to 1906. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, Dec. 1913.
In WW1, he was twice mentioned in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
He served as a G.S.O, and fell in action about 4th March, 1916.
The divisional diary for 4th March 1916 states: 'At 5pm the enemy shelled Armetieres,Houplines and Nieppe, 15cm, 10.5cm howitzers and field guns were firing, and during the bombardmentand Lt-Colonel Daniell DSO, GSO1 was killed.'
21st Division Diary <
Son of E. Deacon, Buxted Park, Uckfield. B. 1872.
Army Class. School Prefect. XXII Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst 1891; 1st King’s Dragoon Guards 1892; retired 1899; M.P.H. East Essex, Newmarket and Thurlow; D.L. co. Essex 1912; Lieut.-Colonel Essex Yeomanry 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Commanded Essex Yeoman formerly 1st (King's) Dragoon Guard
Husband of Sybil Deacon, of Sloe House, Halstead, Essex.
Master of the Essex Foxhounds
He was killed during the attack at 2.15pm to reoccupy front line trenches east of Potijze, near Ypres.
Biography - Charterhouse
Menin Gate North: In Memory and In Mourning By Paul Chapman <
Son of Colonel Frederick Arthur Forsyth and Ellen Sanford Forsyth, Netherleigh, Leamington. b. 1887.
Army III - I. House Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Yorkshire Regt. 1906; Captain 1914.
Great War, temporary Lieut-Colonel 1916. Killed in action, September 14 1916; D.S.O., Legion d'Honneur (Chevalier), Despatches
2nd Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers attd. 6th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment
Service record: WO 339/6579<
Son of Frederick George Fulton and Mrs. Fulton, 76 Longridge Road, S.W. b 1876.
Army II-I. House Prefect. House XI Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A 1896, Major 1913; from 1911 attached successively to Balloon School; Air Batt. R.E., and Royal Flying Corps ; Chief Inspector R.F.C. 1913; South African War 1899-1901, Despatches (2); C.B. 1914,
Great War, Colonel.
CB - Companion of the Bath
Chief Inspector of the Aeronautical Inspection Dept. Royal Flying Corps and Royal Field ArtilleryPhoto at NPG <
Son of J. Gaskell C.B.E., and Emily Mary Gaskell, Cowbridge, Glamorgan.
Lower IV - Lower Modern I.
University College of S. Wales;
Served in South African War with 3rd Batt. Welch Regt., Queen’s Medal with 5 Clasps.
Solicitor 1902. Barrister, Middle Temple, 1910 ; twice unsuccessfully contested East Glamorgan.
Great War (overseas), Captain 3rd Batt Welch Regt 1914; Lieut.-Colonel 16th Welch.
Husband of Violet Gaskell, of Boscobel, Llanishen, Cardiff.
Inscription at ST JOHN'S CHURCH, Cardiff: 'IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ LIEUT COLONEL FRANK HILL/ GASKELL OF THIS CITY/ IN THE GREAT WAR HE RAISED AND/ COMMANDED THE 16TH (CARDIFF CITY) BATTALION OF THE WELCH REGIMENT/ HE WAS TWICE SEVERELY WOUNDED/ AND DIED OF WOUNDS/ AT MERVILLE FRANCE MAY 17TH 1916/ AGED 37 YEARS/ "WHO HAD IT NOT IN HIM TO FEAR"'<
The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) attd. 19th Bn. London Regiment
Son of the late Maj. P. F. P. Hamilton, R.A., and Mrs. Hamilton; husband of Kate G. Hamilton, of 42, Eaton Square, London.
Service record: WO 339/6053
84th Punjabis Commanding, 62nd Punjabis
Noted ornithologist ornithologist who worked in Burma. 'Anas poecilorhycnha haringtoni' named after him.
Son of O. W. Jenkins, Elsinore, Bodenham Road, Hereford, b. 1880.
Modern IV—Lower Modern I.
School of Mines, Truro ; Mining Expert, many years in Mexico.
Great War, Lieutenant R.N.V.R. attached R.N.A.S. 1914 ; British War Mission to U.S.A. 1915-17 ; Lieutenant R.A.F. ; C.B.E. Died at Koblentz February 7, 1919.
Son of Colonel H. G. Puckle, Pitlochry. b. 1869.
Upper III—1V. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1889; R.M.C. Sandhurst; South Wales l
Borderers 1893; A.S.C. 1894; Major 1906; Winner Army Rackets and Lawn Tennis Doubles; South African War, Despatches. Queen’s Medal, D.S.O., 1902.
Great War, Lieut.-Colonel 1915. Lost at sea on the transport Arcadian April 15, 1917, Despatches.<
Son of Rev. R. C. W. Raban, Bishop's Hull, Taunton, b. 1881.
Army III—I. School Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Somerset L.I. 1900 ; Indian Army (1st Bengal Lancers) 1901 ; Major 1915 ; Staff College, Quetta, 1914.
Great War (overseas), Lieut.-Colonel Royal Scots. Killed in action May 12, 1916.
Son of H. Vallings, 12 Lansdown Crescent, Malvern. b. 1866.
Modern III—Middle IV.
Liverpool Regt. (from Militia) 1888; Indian Staff Corps 1891.,
Lieut.-Colonel 29th Punjabis 1914: N.W. Frontier 1897—98, Malakand, Medal with Clasp; Waziristan 1902, Despatches, Clasp.
Great War, killed in action in East Africa July 14, 1915; Despatches.<