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 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.


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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.

After Malvern, went to Brasenose College, Oxford in October 1910.
Lived at Foxholes, Chipping Norton, Oxford.
Applied for a commission in the army on the 22 June 1914.
Went to France on the 17th March 1916 with his unit the Royal Horse Artillery 15th Brigade.

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.

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

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

The John Neill Black Exhibition was founded in his memory.

Service record: WO 339/12710

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

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.
Leaves a widow and a son.

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 hospitalised with malaria and died at Ambala Station Hospital.

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

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 railwat 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

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.

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 suffereing from a G.S.W. Scapular region, psoriais (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, they 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

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.

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

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.”

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 isburn, Ireland, b. 1890.
Middle IV B.
15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles

Husband of Rebe Annette Ewart, of Belfast.

He died from disease contracted on active service (Died post-resignation of nephritis) .
He joined up in 1914 and served in France. He resigned his Commission on account of ill health in Sept 1917.
He left a widow and a son.
Biography leading to recognition by CWGC in 2011

Service record: WO 339/14262

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.

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

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.

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

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

Son of C. J. Johnston, Lesmurdie, Elgin. b. 1871.
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 Seaforths.
Killed in action, March 23, 1918; D.S.O., Despatches (2).<

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 (overseas). Killed in action October 21, 1916.

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 J. MacKenzie, Daresbury, Malvern, b. 1883.
Junior School—III.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1903; Major 1916.
Great War, killed in action July 8, 1916.

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.

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 of R. W. 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.

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 Durham L.I. 1914 ; Major attached Royal Irish Regt. Killed in action September 3, 1916 ; Despatches.

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).

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. C. Soames, Mildenhal], Marlborough. b. 1862.
Raised Corps (Bushmanland J3orderers) in Cape Colony during South African War 1901—2 ;
Despatchcs, Medal, D.S.O. 1902 ; Great War, Major 6th Batt. The Buffs.
Killed in action near Hulluch Quarries<

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

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, killed in action nea r Mons, August 24, 1914; Despatches.<

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

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

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.<

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

Son of Captain J. K. Tisdall, R.E., Charlesfort, co. Meath. b. 1875.
Modern II—I.
Royal Irish Rifles (from Militia) 1900 ; Irish Guards 1901, Major 1914.
Great War, killed in action, September 1, 1914<

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. Killed in action in France July 24, 1916.

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

MC with Bar Biography

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).

No of records: 26