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.
Born: 14th November 1894, Dene Wood, 33 Daleham Gardens, Hampstead. Father Managing director of a Public Company.
Son of Colonel A. S. Barham and Annie Gertrude Barham formerly Edwards, Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent.
Middle IV A—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. Shooting VIII 1912,13
Went to Clare College, Cambridge. Lived at 5 Green Street, Cambridge.
Applied for Commission in May 1914 in 3rd Btn, East Kents (The Buffs).
Attached to 1st Bn, The Buffs
The Wilfred Barham Exhibition was founded in his memory.
Service record: WO/339/14067
Born 27th October 1889 at 2 Church Road, Ashford. Son of Henry James Bracher (Solicitor) and Marian Alexandra Bracher formerly Neale, of Church House, West Malling, Kent, and of Clock House, Lunton, Kent, and 33 Earl Street, Maidstone.
Upper IV B—Matriculation Class. House XI Cricket.
Corporal of D Coy, 19th Batt, Royal Fusiliers from 2nd Sept 1914 to 15th May 1915. 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).
Service record: WO 339/3610
Son of H. Lea-Smith, 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 The Buffs.
Killed in action July 7, 1916; Despatches.
Son of Sir Francis Ley, Bt., Epperstone Manor, Notts, b. 1895.
Upper IV A—Army II. House Prefect. House XI Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; East Kent Regt. 1914.
Great War, killed in action November 1, 1914.
The Maurice Ley Scholarship was founded in his memory.
Son of Mrs. Eve, Yealmpton, Plymouth, b. 1886.
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; 2nd Lieutenant The Buffs 1916. Killed in action March 18, 1917.
Son of L . F. Sitzler, Highbury House, Surbition. b. 1892.
Lower Shell—Matriculation Class.
Agricultural College, Wye.
Great War, Private The Buffs.
Died of wounds April 28, 1918.
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<
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.
Great War, Lieutenant 1914. Killed in action October 1914 ; M.C., Despatches.
Son of C C. Warnington, Elmdene, Tunbridge Wells, b. 1895.
Lower Shell—Matriculation Class. Shooting VIII 1913,14.
Exeter College, Oxford. Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th E. Kent Regt. 1914.
Killed in action May 3, 1917.
Son of A. Wellesley-Miller, Glenlee, Ayrshire, b. 1897.
Lower Modern II—Matriculation Class.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; The Buffs 1915.
Great War, killed in action September 15, 1916.