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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Captain Fergusson Barclay
House: Sch 1892 - 1893. Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Died: 07 December 1918 aged 41 in United Kingdom. Died after accident.
Cemetery: Weston-Super-Mare cemetery 4067

Son of Captain H. F. D. Barclay, Weston-super-Mare. b. 1877.
Ill—Lower IV.
Great War, and Lieutenant Somerset L.I. 1914; Captain R.A.F.
Died as result of an aeroplane accident December 7, 1918.
Service record

Lieutenant John Eric Jackson Jackson-Barstow
House: No 3 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Died: 27 January 1919 aged 24 in United Kingdom. Killed flying in England.
Cemetery: Weston-Super-Mare cemetery 2451

Son of J. 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.
Cadet Officer.
Great War, Private N. Somerset Yeomanry 1914; Lieutenant R.A.F.
Accidentally killed January 27, 1919.

Lieutenant Colonel Basil Oliver Jenkins
House: Sch 1894 - 1897. Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Died: 07 February 1919 aged 39 in Germany. Died at Koblentz.
Cemetery: Cologne Southern X11 D 5

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.

Captain Richard Litton Lyster-Smythe
House: No 2 1911 - 1913. Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Died: 19 June 1919 aged 22 in Israel. Drowned near Jaffa.
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery EE. 37.

Son of Colonel Lyster-Smythe, Barbavilla, Collinstown. b. 1897.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant Gordon Highlanders ; Captain R.A.F.
Drowned at Jaffa, June 19, 1919.

Captain Arthur Leslie Simms DSO
House: No 9 1912 - 1916. Regiment: Royal Air Force.
Died: 13 July 1918 aged 21 in United Kingdom. Killed flying in England.
Cemetery: Stourbridge Cemetery K 192

Son of G. F. Simms, Farlands, Stourbridge, b. 1897.
Modern III—Matriculation Form. House Prefect. Gymnasium IV. Flight Sub-Lieutenant R.N. 1916 ; Captain R.A.F.
Great War (overseas), D.S.C. Accidentally killed July 13, 1918.

No of records: 5