Malvern College First World War Casualties

Statue of St George which is inscribed 'To Our Brothers', and oak panel memorial inside the chapel.

The following is a list with biographies of the 459 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War. Altogether 2,833 are known to have served. There 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.

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Photo of Guy Horsman Bailey
Major Guy Horsman Bailey MC
House: No 9, 1905 - 1910. Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery.
Died: 28 February 1917 aged 26 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery Combles I D 1

Born May 27th 1891, at Springfield, Leigham Court Road, Streatham.
Father: Edward Horsman Bailey, lived at 5 Berners street, London and Foxholes, Chipping Norton, and was a solicitor. Mother was Jane Bailey, formerly Rose.
Middle V—VI. School Prefect. Head of House. Editor of Malvernian. Shooting VIII ; House XI Football. Cadet Officer.
Brasenose College, Oxford ; B.A. 1914.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant E. Anglian Brigade R.F.A. 1914 ; Captain R.H.A. M.C., Despatches.

'By the death of Guy Bailey the Service has lost an Artillery officer of no small promise. His interest and keenness in soldiering was of long standing. At School he devoted an exceptional amount of time to work in the Cadet Corps. At Oxford his interests were divided between rowing and O.U, O.T.C. He rowed in his College Eight for four years, and was Sergeant-Major of the University Battery.
On leaving Oxford he joined the 4th East Anglian Brigade R.F.A., and in March 1915 was selected for a commission in the Regular Artillery. He took part in the landing on Lancashire Beach on April 25th, and was one of the last to embark at the final evacuation of Cape Hellas. He was mentioned in despatches for work in Gallipoli and received the Military Cross. In August 1915 he was transferred to the R.HA., and a year later obtained his captaincy. For three months before his death on Feb. 28th, he was in command of his battery. As a boy he displayed and developed those qualities which marked his after career—a strong sense of duty, courage, force of character and no fear of responsibility. A bold horseman, well known in the Heythrop country, with a real love for horses, he was in his element in the Horse Artillery. Many will mourn the loss of a loyal friend and true sportsman. ' (Malvernian, Apr 1917).

Lived at Foxholes, Chipping Norton, Oxford.
As a Lieutenant, took over command of a neigbouring battery during the prelude to the battle of the Somme on the 28th June 1916 as its Commanding Officer was injured.
Killed by a shell at about 3pm on the 28th February 1917.
At time of death was a Captain, but acting Major, which was subsequently confirmed.

His effects went to his father, with the exception of his pocket book which was of an intimate nature, which went to Mrs Mainby Luxmore, 5 Cumberland House, Kensington Palace.

References (National Archives, Kew):
Service record: WO 374/3114
Medal card: WO 372/1/177612
War Diary of Royal Horse Artillery 15th Brigade : WO 95/2291

Photo of John Neill Black
Major John Neill Black
House: No 4, 1908 - 1913. Regiment: Somerset Light Inf.
Died: 09 April 1917 aged 23 in France. Killed in action at Wancourt.
Battle: Second Battle of Arras. Cemetery: Tigris Lane Wancourt 1E 12

Born: June 13th 1894. Son of William Neill Black and May Gordon Black, of Olleworth Park, Wotton-under-Edge, Glos and Otterhead, Taunton.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. XI Cricket; XL Football.
Clare College, Cambridge.
6th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry .
Mentioned in Despatches.
Address: Otterhead, Taunton Somerset

'Type of the healthy, high-spirited, merry-hearted boy, a lover of the open air, and proficient in many forms of sport, John Black was sure to win the admiration of his fellows. But the remarkable influence which he exercised upon those around him at School rested on the more solid foundation of a character which was singularly sincere, unselfish, and, in the full sense of the word, chivalrous. Little wonder that he made a fine soldier and became the best loved officer in his battalion and the idol of his men. He had completed one year at Cambridge, when in September, 1914, he was gazetted to a Battalion of the Somerset L. I. From May, 1915, until his death, except for a short period in hospital in consequence of a wound accidentally received, he saw continuous service abroad. He obtained his company in November, 1915, and since January, 1917, served as Major and second in command of the Battalion, doing, says his C.O., "magnificent work." On April 9th he led the first company in a most successful attack right up to the enemy's third line defences, and was consolidating the position won, when he was hit by shrapnel and died instantaneously.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).

The John Neill Black Exhibition was founded in his memory.

Service record: WO 339/12710
Livesofthefirstworldwar

Photo of Richard Bolster
Major Richard Bolster
House: No 1, 1898 - 1900. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 15 July 1917 aged 34 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Ecoivres Mont St Eloi V1 J 12

Son of Inspector General (formerly Surgeon-General) T. C. Bolster, R.N., and Mrs. Bolster; husband of Mary C. Bolster, of "Woodlands," Meopham, Kent.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.G.A. 1903 ; Lieutenant 1906 ; retired 1909,
Great War, re-joined 1914 .
124th Bty. 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
M C
Invisionzone

Photo of Harry Hickman Bromfield
Major Harry Hickman Bromfield
House: Sch, 1885 - 1888. Regiment: Welsh Guards.
Died: 10 September 1916 aged 47 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 7 D

Son of the late Henry and Mary Elizabeth Bromfield, Newnham Hall, Northants. b. 1869.
Hertford College, Oxford; Captain 3rd South Wales Borderers; served in the South African War 1900-01, Despatches, Queen’s Medal with 3 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps, D.S.O. ; retired 1910. Chief Constable of Radnorshire 1909.
Prince of Wales's Coy., 1st Bn. Welsh Guards. D S O.
Husband of Ethel Philippa Bromfield.

'H. H. Bromfield was the eldest of four brothers, who accompanied the Rev. W. Grundy from Warwick on his appointment to the Headmastership of Malvern in 1885: of these four, only J. B. Bromfield, the second brother, now survives. 'Hal' Bromfield, as his friends called him, inherited early in life the entailed estate of Newnham Hall, Northants, but his means were not sufficient to enable him to live on his estate. He served with distinction in the South African War, as an officer in the South Wales Borderers Militia, retiring as Captain and Hon. Major in 1910. In 1906 he married the eldest daughter of Sir Charles Philipps, Bt., of Picton Castle, Haverfordwest, and soon settled down to important public work in Wales. When war broke out he re-joined his old battalion, but, on the formation of the Welsh Guards, he was gazetted to the new regiment, with the rank of Major. He fell in action on September 10th, aged 47. A capable man of action, he was endowed with many personal gifts which rendered him popular both here and throughout his life.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).

Leaves a widow and a son.
Biography

Photo of Robert Hall Brutton
Major Robert Hall Brutton
House: No 2, 1878 - 1881. Regiment: Somerset Light Inf.
Died: 15 January 1916 aged 54 in India. Died on active service in India.
Cemetery: Kirkee 1914-18 Memorial India F 4

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth L. Brutton, of Yeovil, Somerset. b. 1862.
Upper IV—Shell. Exhibitioner. School Prefect. XXII Cricket; House XI Football.

Worked in Father's brewery as 'Maltster, Brewer & Wine Merchant' .
1st/5th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry. T D (Territorial Decoration).

'He was an officer in the Territorial Forces for many years before the war. He died on active service of malaria fever at Amballa, India, on Jan. 15th, 1916. Brutton was one of a generation who came to Drew's house from the west country, and brought with them characteristic cheerfulness and vigour. He had abounding energy and good natural ability, which formed an opening in his business life. He had not been to Malvern for many years, but was a good friend to many O.Ms, in the west, and now when well past middle life he worthily answered the call.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).
Biography

Photo of Robert Henry Collyns
Major Robert Henry Collyns MC
House: No 2, 1908 - 1910. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 01 June 1918 aged 24 in France. Died of wounds at Jon Chery.
Cemetery: Terlincthun Brit Mil Wimille A C 7

Born: August 7th 1894. Son of Robert John and Eleanor Maud Collyns, of Bilboa, Dulverton, Somerset.
Lower Modern II—Modern I.
Bristol University ; B.Sc. 1914.
97th Field Coy. Royal Engineers
M C & Chevalier Legion D'Honneur (France).

Address: 8 Richmond Hill, Clifton, Bristol

'Although he left Malvern rather young, his abilities and industry had already secured him a high place in the School, and those who had watched his progress here fully expected that he would do well in his later career. In July 1914 he took the degree of Bachelor of Science at Bristol University. He obtained a commission in Jan. 1915, and went to France in the following October. He was wounded twice before he received the wound from which he died. He was mentioned in despatches on Dec. 17, 1917, and was awarded the Military Cross on May 28, 1918.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).

Military cross citation: 'While in command of the company during enemy attacks he showed great coolness and ability in command of his men, and on the third day was dangerously wounded while distributing them in a new position. His example throughout was of a high order.'

May 27th 1918. Chalons le Verguer. The sections and attached infantry, commanded by Capt R H Collyns RE left under orders to report to 110th Inf Bde and thereafter came under the orders of the 64th Inf Bde and were detailed to act with 15th DLI in holding the line of the light railway west of Cauroy.

May 29th 1918. Capt R H Collyns RE severely wounded holding main line of Railway at Muizon on the Vesle River.

Died of wounds received in action on May 29th 1918.
Memorial in Dulverton Church.

Service Record: WO 339/109012
Medal Card: WO 372/4/217557
Unit War Diary: WO 95/2144/1

Photo of Gerald Shakespear Crawford
Major Gerald Shakespear Crawford
House: No 1, 1895 - 1898. Regiment: South Wales Borderers.
Died: 10 August 1917 aged 38 in Belgium. Died of wounds.
Battle: Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery XV A 13

Born on 1st October 1879 in London, the 2nd son of Richard Irvine Crawford, a retired Colonel from the Indian Staff Corps, and his wife, Clara, 53 Margaret Street, W. b. 1879.
Upper IV—Modern I. School Prefect. XXII Football; XL Cricket.
Pembroke College, Oxford ; B.A. 1902 ;
Assistant Master, Cothill House School, 1905 ; Parkside, Epsom, 1906.
Great War, Private Public Schools Batt. 1914 ; Captain 6th Bn. South Wales Borderers.

'He enlisted at the outbreak of the war in the Public Schools Battalion, and in November, 1914, he received a temporary commission as Captain in the South Wales Borderers. He served uninterruptedly with his battalion till the middle of July, 1916, when he was promoted Major and attached to the North Staffordshire Regiment as second in command. He was wounded in the same month and invalided home. He returned to the front on July 21st. 1917, and was attached to another battalion of the South Wales Borderers. On August l0th, while engaged in reconnoitring work, he was twice wounded by shell and died the same day.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

Address: 69 Linden Gardens, Bayswater formerly of 28 De Vere Gardens, Kensington
Joined in Sept 1914
Captain in the 5th South Wales Borderers (Pioneers) until 15th July 1916 when he was given majority and sent as 2nd in Command to the 8th North Stafforshire Regt.
On the 21st July 1916 he was wounded by a shell at Bazentin-le-Petit.
On 2nd July 1917, medical board stated he was now fit for general service after suffering from a G.S.W. Scapular region, psoriasis (due to sepsis) and colitis.
On the 3rd August 1917, during the battle of Passchendaele, the War diary stated the conditions were terrible with heavy rain and mud thigh deep and there many casualties.
On the 4th August 1917, it was stated that their medium artillery was falling behind their front line. There were 4 killed in action, and 8 wounded.
There were further casualties every day when on the 10th August, with C.T. south of Westhoek, and D Coy holding Gordon House to Menin Road, Major Crawford was wounded in action along with 22 men.
Major Crawford died from his wounds the following day.

Widow: Clara Anne Crawford

Service record: WO 339/13455

6 Battalion South Wales Borderers (Pioneers): WO 95/2238/2
Lijssenthoek Pembroke Collge

Photo of Stanley Searle Crisp
Major Stanley Searle Crisp
House: Sch, 1901 - 1903. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 08 December 1917 aged 30 in Italy. Died of wounds in Italy.
Cemetery: Giavera British Arcade Italy P 1 R G G 5

Born 17th January 1887, 3rd son of Fred Crisp JP DL and Elizabeth Crisp, White House, New Southgate.
Planter in Malay States.
63rd Anti-Aircraft Sect. Royal Field Artillery.

'Stanley Crisp was a boy of fair ability, and showed distinct promise at cricket. He was popular in his House. On leaving School he went to the Malay States, as a planter. He did excellent work in the war, and was a temporary Major in the R.F.A. when he died of wounds.' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).

On the 9th December 1917, his wife, Mrs Muriel May Crisp, received a telegram at the Mascot Hotel on Baker Street from the War Office regretting that her husband was dangerously ill with shell wounds to the chest and the following day on the 10th December 1917 she received a telegram deeply regretting to inform her that he had died from his wounds at No 39 Casualty Clearing Station, Italy

Service record: WO 339/57134
Grevestone memorial at Friern Barnet Churchyard

STANLEY SEARLE CRISP (H1/18)
My dearly loved husband Fred Crisp JP DL who departed this life November 9th 1905 in his 57th year, “Peace perfect peace”,
also Stanley Searle, 3rd son of the above, Major Royal Field Artillery, killed in action December 6th 1917 aged 31 years, buried in British Military Cemetery Istrana Italy, “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori”,
also Elizabeth, wife of the above Fred Crisp, passed on March 23rd 1939 in her 90th year, “God moves in a mysterious way.”

Photo of William Basil Ewart
Major William Basil Ewart
House: No 2, 1904 - 1906. Regiment: Royal Irish Regt.
Died: 13 February 1920 aged 30 in Ireland. Died of illness contracted on active service.
Cemetery: Belfast Clifton St Antrim

Son of Frederick William and Mary Anne Elizabeth Ewart, of Belfast;, and Lisburn, Ireland, b. 1890.
Middle IV B.
15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Husband of Rebe Annette Ewart, of Belfast.

'After leaving Malvern, he went into business in Belfast. He was in the Territorial Force for some years before the War, and when the war broke out, the work that he had already done, and the keenness that he had displayed marked him out as likely to be a capable officer under war conditions : and this he proved himself to be. He was in the 15th Royal Irish Rifles, and reached the rank of Major. He served in France, being mentioned in despatches (May 1917), there he contracted an illness of which he died on February 13th last. He leaves a widow. To her and to his parents we offer our sincere sympathy.' (Malvernian, Mar 1920)

He joined up in 1914 and served in France. He resigned his Commission on account of ill health in Sept 1917.
He died from disease contracted on active service (Died post-resignation of nephritis) .
Biography leading to recognition by CWGC in 2011
Service record: WO 339/14262

Photo of Stanley Colt Faber
Major Stanley Colt Faber
House: No 1, 1897 - 1899. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 30 March 1917 aged 34 in France. Killed in action at Beaurains.
Cemetery: Faubourg D'amiens, Arras 111 M 13

Son of Rev. H. M. Faber, Malvern College, b. 1883.
Army III—II.
R.M.A. Woolwich ; R.F.A. 1902 ; Major 1916. 47th Bde. Royal Field Artillery.

'He left School at the age of 16, and was thus prevented from reaching a position of importance here, but before he left he had already shown those qualities of steady perseverance and purposeful application, whether he was engaged in work or in games, which stood him in such good stead in his career in the Army. As a junior he won some distinction in the School sports in '98 and '99; in the latter year his house came second in the competition for the cup.
In 1902 he obtained his commission from Woolwich. He spent several years in India with his battery and in 1912 he became Adjutant to the 1st Welsh (Howitzer) Brigade, R.F.A., T.F., and he was occupying this post when war broke out. In October, 1914, he was promoted Captain, and in the spring of 1915 he was given an ammunition column in one of the divisions which composed the "First Hundred Thousand." Shortly afterwards he obtained command of a battery, and in March, 1916, he was promoted Major. He was mentioned in despatches in January 1917. He was spoken of as an exceptionally good Battery Commander. He was of very great assistance to the Staff owing to the good example that he set. He was an excellent soldier, keen, very thorough, loved by his officers and men. His loss has been very much felt, and it was realised that it would be very difficult to replace him.
Those who knew him at Malvern as a boy can well understand that he came to be an extremely valuable officer in the Army. Devotion to duty and a zealous interest in all that concerned his profession secured for him steady promotion, and the special mention of his services was a thoroughly well deserved recognition of the success which has attended his career.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).

In April 1917 the Malvern News reported: “News has been received in Malvern on Tuesday that Major Stanley Faber RFA (son of the late Revd H M Faber of Danby Wiske) has been killed on Friday last – the day before the death of his father who was a Housemaster of Malvern College for many years. He was born in 1883 and educated at Malvern College. He left in 1894 and entered the Royal Military Academy Woolwich.”

There is a commemoration at The Priory Church of St Mary and St Michael, Malvern.
Malvern remembers

Unit War Diary: WO 95/1887/1

Photo of Norman Elliot Howell
Major Norman Elliot Howell
House: Sch, 1896 - 1899. Regiment: 82nd Punjabis (I.A.).
Died: 07 January 1916 aged 34 in Iraq. Killed in action at Sheikh Saad.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 48/66

Son of Leonard Sidgwick Howell, Brentwood, Canterbury, N.Z. b. 1882.
Upper IV—Middle V.
Served with Royal Lancaster Militia in the South African War 1899-1900, Queen's Medal with Clasp ; Bedfordshire Regt. 1901 ; Indian Army (82nd Punjabis) 1903 ; Captain 1909 ; Staff College, Quetta, 1914.
Great War, D.A.A.G. Killed in action at Sheikh Saad (Mesopotamia), January 7, 1916; Despatches.
Husband of Mabel Howell, of 83, Ladbroke Grove, London.
82nd Punjabis attd. (Staff Capt.) 35th Infantry Bde.
Mentioned in Despatches.

'He joined the Militia (3rd Royal Lancaster) in January 1900, and served in the South African War; Queen's Medal with clasp. In May 1901, he was gazetted to the Bedfordshire Regiment, and in August 1903, joined the Indian Army (82nd Punjabis). He served as Adjutant from 1907-11, was promoted Captain in 1909, and qualified for the English Staff College in 1913. He passed for the Indian Staff College in 1914. He became Staff Captain at Allahabad in November 1914, and D.A.A.G. in February 1915. He left India on active service in November 1915, and was killed on the night of January 7th, while searching for two wounded officers. His name appeared in the list of Mentioned in Despatches issued on October 20th. Norman Howell was a delicate-looking little boy when he came to Malvern, but he had pluck and grit, and his subsequent career proves that he was made of the right stuff. His character was most attractive, and if he had not left early to fight in the Boer War he would doubtless have made more of a mark at School. His service record shows what a good soldier he was.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).

Memorial at St Mary and St Rhadegunde church, Whitwell, Isle Of Wight

Photo of Charles Ernest Johnston
Major Charles Ernest Johnston
House: No 1, 1888 - 1889. Regiment: Seaforth Highlanders.
Died: 23 March 1918 aged 47 in France. Killed in action in France.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Arras Memorial BAY 8

Born: 18th December, 1871 – New Mill, Elgin. Son of Colonel Charles James and Mary Johnston, Lesmurdie, Elgin.
Upper 1V—Shell. House Prefect.
Woollen Manufacturer; 3rd Batt. Seaforth Highlanders 1891 ; Captain 1895; served with them in the South African War 1899—1901 ;
Great War, 1914, Recruiting Officer; Lieut.-Colonel 6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders.
Killed in action, March 23, 1918 near Beaumetz; D.S.O. T D, Despatches (2).
Occupation: Woollen manufacturer.
Husband of Mabel Frances Irene Ryan (formerly Johnston), of 1, Brompton Square, London.

'After leaving School he joined his father in business as a woollen manufacturer, at Elgin, Scotland. At the same time he joined the local Volunteer Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders, in which he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in 1891 and Captain in 1895. He took the regimental service Battalion out to South Africa, and was gazetted Hon. Captain in the Army, attached to Scottish Horse in April 1902, and re-joined his home unit as Adjutant in October 1902, and was subsequently transferred to Scottish Horse as Major. In 1914 Major Johnston, who had retired previous to the War, was appointed Recruiting Officer for Morayshire, Scotland. In 1915 he was asked to raise a regiment, the 2/6th Seaforth Highlanders. In this task he was successful, and he commanded the regiment both in Elgin and at Ripon Camp till he was sent to France in Jan. 1917. He joined the 6th Seaforth Highlanders as second in command, and was with the Battalion and was temporarily commanding when he was killed, on March 23rd, 1918. He was awarded the D.S.O. for work he did during the 21st—23rd March, 1918, and was twice mentioned in despatches. Major Johnston was first reported missing on March 23rd, and he has since been presumed to have been killed on that date.' (Malvernian, Nov 1919).

'“On the morning of March 23rd, Major Johnston was going round the line visiting the men, when it appears he was sniped and fell, and as the enemy broke through at that point shortly afterwards, it was quite impossible to reach him.”
Elgin Golf club Roll of Honour Edinburgh's War

Photo of Lionel Kerwood
Major Lionel Kerwood
House: No 7, 1900 - 1902. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt.
Died: 21 October 1916 aged 30 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 5A/5C

Son of A. Kerwood, Watling House, Barnt Green, b. 1886.
Middle V—Remove. Minor Scholar. Lea Shakespeare.
Solicitor 1908 ; Captain 8th Worcester Regt. 1909 ;
Great War, mobilised 1914, Major.

He disembarked at Boulogne on March 31, 1915, with the 1/8th Battalion.
He was promoted to Major at the front and became Second-in-Command of the 1/8th Worcesters.

'Major Kerwood had always taken a keen interest in military matters. Twelve years ago he joined the Volunteers at Redditch. He became a captain, and was instrumental in raising a company of Territorials at King's Norton. He afterwards obtained funds for building a drill hall, which was opened about four years ago He went to the front a year and eight months ago, and was killed in action on October 21st while in temporary command of a battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).

He was killed on October 21, 1916, while in temporary command of the 13th (Service) Battalion, The Cheshire Regiment, when the unit made a successful assault on Regina Trench, which ran north of Courcelette, in which the battalion captured around 250 prisoners.
Redditch Advertiser

Photo of Eric James Bethune MacKenzie
Major Eric James Bethune MacKenzie
House: Day, 1895 - 1896. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 08 July 1916 aged 33 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Carnoy Military Cemetery D 25

Son of James and Jane Bethune MacKenzie, Daresbury, Malvern, b. 1883.
Junior School—III.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1903; Major 1916. 29th Bty. 42nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Great War, killed in action July 8, 1916.

Husband of Ethel F. MacKenzie, of "Daresbury," Great Malvern.

Photo of Francis Julian Audley Mackworth
Major Francis Julian Audley Mackworth
House: No 4, 1891 - 1895. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 01 November 1914 aged 38 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Vieille Chapelle New Lacouture 1V D 10

Son of Colonel Sir Arthur Mackworth, Bt., C.B., R.E. b. 1876.
Shell—Army Side. House Scholar Chance Prize. School Prefect.
Scholar, Selwyn College. Cambridge; BA. (Jun. Opt.) 1898;
R.F.A. 1898; Major 1914; Staff College; West African Frontier Force 1904—08.
Great War, G.S.O.. Killed in action November 1, 1914 Despatches.

'A boy of considerable ability, "Sapper" Mackworth took a high place in the examination for Woolwich, but was rejected on the ground of insufficient height. However, he grew into a tall man at Cambridge, and passed into the army as a University candidate. Born of a family honoured in the services, he proved himself a keen soldier, graduated at the Staff College, and was serving in the present war (together with his schoolfellow, Capt. W. R. Reid) on the Artillery Staff of the 3rd Division. He was mentioned in Despatches, and was promoted Major on Oct. 30th. Two days later, ignorant of the honour he had won, he was mortally wounded by a splinter from a shell.' (Malvernian, Dec 1914).

Photo of Ronald Erskine Wilford Maxwell
Major Ronald Erskine Wilford Maxwell
House: No 4, 1901 - 1905. Regiment: Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 29 in France. Killed in action at Loos.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos British Cemetery XV11 E 18

Son ofRalph W and Florence G Maxwell, c/o Grindlay & Co. b. 1886.
Shell—Lower VI. School Prefect. Ledbury Cap.
Exeter College, Oxford ; B.A. 1909 ; King's Own Scottish Borderers 1908 ; Captain 1915. Great War (overseas), with 6th Batt.
Killed in action at Loos, September 25, 1915.

'He was a boy of unaffected nature and a most engaging personality. A graduate of Exeter College, Oxford, he entered the Regular Army and was promoted Lieutenant in the K.O. Scottish Borderers in 1909. He became Captain in the Army in April last and served as temporary Major of the 6th Bn. from Dec. 1914. He was a keen soldier and (as his father writes) by falling in action met the death which he preferred. He was killed in France during the heavy fighting on Sept, 26th.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).

Medal card: WO 372/13/182931

Photo of Urmstone Shaw Naylor
Major Urmstone Shaw Naylor
House: Sch, 1892 - 1896. Regiment: Durham Light Inf.
Died: 03 September 1916 aged 38 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 4C

Son of F. A. Naylor, Central Provinces, India, b. 1878.
Lower IV—Army Side. School Prefect. XI Football; House XI Cricket.
Indian Police 1898 (United Provinces).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 13th Bn. Durham Light Infantry 1914 ; Major attached 6th Bn. Royal Irish Regt. Despatches.

Married Charlotte Pope Paterson on October 12th 1904 at St James Church, West Derby, Liverpool Born 19th January 1881, and had five children.

The Times:
'Major Urmstone Shaw Naylor who was killed in action on September 3, received a commission in the Durham Light Infantry when war was declared. In April 1916 he was attached to the Royal Irish Regiment as second in command. His Colonel writes: "I am indeed proud to have had such a splendid officer and good comrade under my command. His loss to me at this juncture is a most serious one."'

The following is from the Unit War Diary:
'Guillemont. 3rd September 1916. At 12.25pm the Bn advanced to the attack on Guillemont and Sunken Road, which latter was the final objective. The Bn went over the parapet with the pipes playing & the men went forward in excellent order. The final objective was in our hands by about 3pm and the line was at once consolidated & held in spite of three counter-attacks.
The casaulties in the days fighting were heavy, being 14 officers & 311 O.R.
Major U.S. Naylor, 2/Lt Magill & 2/Lt Downing killed in action.'

Service record: WO 339/37535
Unit Diary: WO 95/1970/3

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Major Arthur Justin Ross
House: No 4, 1895 - 1898. Regiment: Royal Engineers and Sq Cmdr RFC.
Died: 02 August 1917 aged 36 in United Kingdom. Accidentally killed flying in England.
Cemetery: Brompton Cemetery W I 174351

Son of G. E. A. Ross, 101 Warwick Road, Earl's Court, S.W. b. 1881.
Army II—-I. Heywood Prize. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.E. 1900 ; Major 1915 ; employed with Egyptian Army since 1911. Great War, R.F.C. Squadron Commander (overseas). Accidentally killed August 2, 1917 ; D.S.O. with Bar, Order of the Nile and Bar, Despatches (2).

'To the number of distinguished Malvernians, serving in the old Army, who have fallen, must be added the name of Arthur Ross, who was accidentally killed while flying, in an Eastern County, on August 2nd. He entered the School with a House Scholarship in Classics, in which his aptitudes were such that a Classical Scholarship at the University could have been safely predicted for him. However, he decided to make the Army his profession, and obtained second place in the examination for Woolwich with unusually high marks in mathematics. His quickness of apprehension, intense keenness, and power of work rendered him one of the most distinguished—as his strong and independent character, his sympathy and gift of humour made him one of the most influential and popular boys of his time.
The following account of his military career is taken from The Times: "He obtained a commission in the R.E. in May, 1900, and went to India the next year, but owing to a severe illness was invalided home and placed on half-pay for six months, during which time he studied Arabic. Returning to India in 1906, he did good service, mainly on military works in the Punjab. In 1910 he became captain, and in January, 1911, he was seconded for service in the Egyptian Army. On the outbreak of the war he reverted to the British Army and served in the Sinai desert. In 1915 he served with the Flying Corps as an observer in the campaign against the Senussi Arabs. In that year he was given his brevet majority and the Order of the Nile (4th Class), and in the following year the O. S.O. Having qualified as a pilot at home, he returned to Egypt as flight commander, and served there up to the Spring of this year. On promotion to squadron commander he came to England, and after some work in France and elsewhere he was sent towards the end of last month to one of the eastern counties. His services were further recognised by the award, just announced, of a bar to the D.S.O. Major Ross excelled as a linguist in Eastern languages, and as a mathematician." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

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Major Alfred Soames DSO
House: Sch, 1873 - 1874. Regiment: East Kent Regt. (The Buffs).
Died: 13 October 1915 aged 53 in France. Killed in action near Hullock Quarries.
Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 15-17

Son of Rev. Charles Soames, Rector of Mildenhall, Marlborough, and Lydia Gordon Soames. b. 1862.
Raised Corps (Bushmanland Borderers) in Cape Colony during South African War 1901—2 ;
Despatches, Medal, D.S.O. 1902 ; Great War, Major 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

'Trenches. 13.X.15. At 1pm a smoke cloud was created along the line. By about 2pm all the smoke had cleared.
At 2.15pm the order was given to charge. The men were met with a terrific fire, machine guns on three sides, while the Germans were lying on their parapets giving rapid fire. The three coys were practically wiped out.
Major Soames was one of ten officers killed, along with 400 other ranks.' (Unit War Diary)

Service record: WO 339/14769
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1860/1

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

Born 10th October 1872. Son of Robert James and Louisa Mary Strafford (nee Belcher), of St Michael's Hamlet, Liverpool.
Junior School—Army Class. School Prefect. XI Football 1889,90; XXII Cricket. R.M.C. Sandhurst; Duke of Wellington’s Regt. 1892; Major 1909; South African War 1899—1902, Despatches (twice), Queen’s Medal with 4 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
Great War,2nd Bn. Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment). Killed in action near Mons, August 24, 1914; Despatches.
Husband of Edith Mabel Strafford (nee Chapman), of 25, Wilbury Rd., Hove, Brighton. (Married 26th June 1906).
He had two children: Jennie Constance, born 28th June 1907; and Orrell Hamilton, born 13th July 1910.

'He was killed instantaneously by a shell at the battle of Mons, being one of the first O.Ms. to fall in the present war.
Masters and contemporaries will remember him as a brilliant back at football. He won the esteem of all and the affection of many by his single-mindedness, uprightness, and sympathetic character both at school and in his regiment, where he is mourned as one of its most capable officers.
He was mentioned in the despatches of Sir John French of Oct. 19th. ' (Malvernian, Nov 1914)

Service record: WO 374/65967
Unit War Diary: WO 95/1552/1

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Major Spencer Maxwell Tahourdin
House: No 2, 1889 - 1891. Regiment: 12th Cavalry (I.A.).
Died: 08 February 1916 aged 41 in Iraq. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia.
Battle: Siege of Kut. Cemetery: Basra Memorial

Son of Rev. R. Tahourdin, Neville House, Twickenham. b. 1875.
Upper IV—V. House Scholar.
R.I.E.C. Cooper’s Hill; Indian Army 1895; employed with King’s African Rifles 1904—06; Major (12th Cavalry) 1913.

'He was a boy of considerable ability and showed marked originality. He left Malvern rather young, otherwise he would certainly have played a prominent part in the life of the School. He had served the whole of his twenty years in India with the 12th Cavalry except for two short breaks—the first when he was employed 1904-06 with the King's African Rifles, and the second when for a period he acted as adviser to a young native Rajah. He was wounded in action in Mesopotamia, and died the next day, February 8th. ' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).

Major, 12th Cavalry, Indian Army, died on February 8th in Mesopotamia, having been wounded in action the previous day.
He was educated, first at Eagle House School, and then at Malvern, where he gained a Scholarship, and whence he passed into the Royal Military College. He passed out of Sandhurst at the head of the candidates for the Indian Army in the summer of 1895.Obituary at eaglehouseschool

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Major Guy Thwaites DSO
House: Day, 1889 - 1890. Regiment: Army Service Corps.
Died: 29 May 1917 aged 40 in Eygpt. Drowned in Egypt.
Cemetery: Khartoum War Cemetery 10 C 16

Son of Rev H G Thwaites, Limber Magna. b. 1877.
III. Mercers’ Exhibition, St. John’s College, Cambridge, 1897; BA. 1900;
Army Service Corps 1901; Major 1914; South African War 1902, Queen’s Medal with Clasps.
Great War, with Egyptian Army 1915—17; D.S.O., Despatches. Accidentally drowned in White Nile, May 29 1917.

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Major Charles Arthur Tisdall
House: Day, 1889 - 1892. Regiment: Irish Guards.
Died: 01 September 1914 aged 39 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Guards Grave Villers Cotterets Forest 11 2

Born 22nd April 1875 in Mauritius. Son of Captain John Know Tisdall, R.E. and Jane Elizabeth Tisdall (nee Adams), Charlesfort, co. Meath.
Modern II—I.
Royal Irish Rifles (from Militia) 1900 ; Irish Guards 1901, Major 1914.
Great War. 1st Bn. Irish Guards
Husband of Gwynneth May R. Tisdall.

'Major Tisdall was killed in the forest of Viller Cotterets on the 1st September 1914. The Irish Guards with the 2nd Coldstreams were holding the northern edge of the forest in a rear-guard action at a spot called Rond de la Reine. Two other officers of the regiment — Lieutenant—Colonel the Hon. G. H. Morris and Major Crichton— -were killed at the same time.
Major Tisdall was a remarkably fine violin player. Outside his profession his chief interests were dry fly fishing and motoring, in which he was one of the pioneers. He married, in 1911. Gwynneth May, only child of Charles Adshead Esq. and left two daughters. ' (De Ruvigny).

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Major Harold Wadlow
House: No 3, 1893 - 1897. Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery.
Died: 24 July 1916 aged 37 in France. Killed in action near Fricourt.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Dantzig Alley Brit Cemetery Mametz

Son of E. C. Wadlow, Wyke, Shifnal, Salop, b. 1879.
Lower IV—Army Side. House Prefect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
R.G.A. (from Militia) 1898 ; Captain 1904 ; Instructor in Gunnery, First Class, 1909 ; Instructor in Gunnery, South African Union Force, 1913; South African War 1899-1902, Queen's Medal with 2 Clasps, King's Medal with 2 Clasps. Great War, G.S.O., S.W. Africa ;
Despatches. 109th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

Married Constance Emily Blackburn Van Breda on 4 Dec 1906 at St John's Church, Wynberg, Cape Colony.
2 children. Peter Van Breda Wadlow born 17 July 1909, and Constance Joan Wadlow born 31 Mar 1916.

'The death of Harold Wadlow, killed in action on July 24th, will be read with much sympathy by all Malvernians who were at school with him, but especially by those who had the opportunity of knowing him intimately. Fond of all outdoor games, he quickly made his mark in the House (No. 3) as an athlete, and took part in all its games, excelling specially in cricket, in which he gained his School Colours.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).

Service record: WO 339/6731

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Major George Bernard Ward MC
House: No 5, 1907 - 1908. Regiment: 10 Sq. R. A. F.
Died: 21 September 1917 aged 26 in France. Killed in action in France.
Cemetery: Chocques Mil Cemetery V C 4

Son of D. Ward, Lower Hall, Foxearth, Long Melford. b. 1891.
Upper IV B—Lower Modern II.
Birmingham University ; First Class Diploma in Brewing 1910.
Brewer.
Great War, Private R.E. 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant N. Staffordshire Regt.; Major R.F.C.
M.C. with Bar.

'Ward joined the North Staffords in April 1915 and subsequently transferred to the R.F.C., where he reached the rank of Major. He was awarded the M.C. in 1916 and a Bar in 1917 for fine work in artillery reconnaissance. He was killed in action on September 2, 1917' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).

Citation for M.C.: 'When in one of three machines engaged on photographic reconnaissance, they were attacked by a formation of nine hostile scouts. A determined resistance was offered to this attack, which was beaten off, and the photographs were then taken. Whilst returning to the aerodrome this officer turned back alone to take some further photographs, and, observing six hostile machines approaching, he promptly attacked them at close range, and after a sharp fight brought one down and drove off the remainder. He then completed his photography. (M.C. gazetted Nov, 25th, 1916).'
Biography at Foxearth

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Major John Willey
House: No 4, 1899 - 1903. Regiment: West Riding Regt.
Died: 03 April 1918 aged 34 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Bienvillers Mil X1 C 13

Son of J. C. Willey, Newbould Lane, Sheffield, b. 1884.
Modern II—I. Chance Prize ; English Essay. School Prefect.
B.A. (London) 1909.
In business, John Willey & Sons, Ltd.;
Lieutenant 3rd West Riding Brigade R.F.A. (T.F.) 1914.
Great War, mobilised 1914 ; Major.
Killed in action April 3, 1918 ; Despatches (2).

'The worth of his character and his intellectual attainments made him a prominent person in his generation at Malvern. A quick and receptive mind, coupled with a strong sense of duty and steady application, soon carried him to the top of the Modern Side at a time when there was no lack of competition for the highest place. After leaving School he read for a London degree, in spite of the fact that he was called early in life, to take part in the management of an important industrial firm. He showed himself a business man of the best type, keenly interested in social problems, and devoting himself to the promotion of the happiness of those around him. He was a good speaker, and did effective political work in his native city, where his loss is much regretted. He went out to France in April, 1915, with the first draft of Sheffield Artillery, and—but for a short period in 1917, when, owing to an accident, he was invalided home—saw continuous service with the R.F.A., latterly as Major in command of a Battery'. He was twice mentioned in despatches, first in 1916, secondly in the gazette recently published. He was killed on April 3rd by a shell splinter which struck him as he was directing the fire of his Battery from a forward observation post. Letters from the Front speak in high terms of his distinguished service and of the affection in which he was held by officers and men. "I have lost in him," says his Brigadier-General, "one of my best officers, and his death is also a great personal grief to me, for his constant cheerfulness and courage, and his pleasant, unaffected manner, had made me very fond of him." ' (Malvernian, Jun 1918).


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