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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2nd Lieut Vivian Wilfred Bennett
House: No 9 1910 - 1915. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 21 October 1917 aged 21 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Bard Cottage Cemetery V1 A 28

Born Oct 20th 1896, Mhow, Central India. Son of Lieut.-Colonel V. B. Bennett, I.M.S.
Army II—I. Lygon Scholar. School Prefect. XXII Cricket and Football; Ledbury Cap; Gymnasium IV 1913-15 ; Anderson Medal 1914,15. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.E. 1915 ; Lieutenant 1916.

On the 25th Sept 1916, he was buried under the bricks of a house wall knocked down by a shell and sustained an injury to his left knee

Next of Kin: Mrs Alexandra Philippa Bennett (mother), c/o Messrs Thomas Cook & Son, Bombay
Siblings: Hugh & Helen

NB: Malven College in 1919 sent details of the proposed war memorial and the roll of honour to the war office which are now in his service record file.

Service record: WO 339/55508

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

Captain Charles Eustace Fishbourne
House: No 3 1900 - 1902. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 10 June 1915 aged 30 in United Kingdom. Died at Chatham.
Cemetery: Gresford All Saints Denbighshire SW CORNER

Son of Rev. E. A. Fishbourne, Gresford Vicarage, Wrexham. b. 1885,
Upper Modern II- —Army I. House Scholar. School Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.E. 1904; Lieutenant 1907; employed on Railway Survey, Uganda and E. African Protectorates, 1907—9; under Board of Trade 1909—12 ; retired 1913 ; Asst. Commercial Manager London General Omnibus Co. Ltd. 1913; Cuthbert Peek Grant, Royal Geographical Society, 1910.
Great War, rejoined 1914 (over seas). Died June 10, 1915; Despatches.

On the outbreak of the war he rejoined, went to the Front with the 9th Field Company R.E., 21st August 1914, and served till 18th November 1914, when he was wounded at Ploegsteert Wood, and invalided home. On his recovery he was appointed Adjutant to the R.E. Reserves at Chatham. He died at Field House, Beaconsfield, 10th June 1915, of Spotted Fever* contracted at Chatham. He married at Llanbedr on the 8th June 1911 to Mary Elizabeth Holland, 89, Overstrand Mansions, Battersea, S.W., daughter of William Gaskell Holland and left two sons, Patrick Alexander, born 10th February 1913; and Charles Michael Eustace, born 2nd November 1915.

Detailed biography

Service record: WO 339/6109<

2nd Lieut Hubert Taylor Grindley
House: No 1 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 19 October 1915 aged 19 in Belgium. Killed in action in France.
Battle: Battle of Hohenzollern Redoubt. Cemetery: Brandhoek Military Cemetery I E 28

Son of W. H. Grind ley, Parkfields, Tittensor, Stoke-on-Trent. b. ï896.
Modern III - Army I.
Heywood Prize 1913,14. School Prefect. Shooting VIII; House XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.A. Woolwich (6th Place) ; R.E. 1915.

Service record: WO 339/4953<

Captain William Herbert Hedges
House: No 5 1907 - 1911. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 21 August 1916 aged 23 in France. Died of wounds in France.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery Saulty 111 A 12

1st (North Midland) Field Coy. Royal Engineers
Son of William Ross Hedges and E. Hedges, of 117, Anderton Park Rd., Moseley, Birmingham.

On 6th April 1915, the Birmingham Gazette reported that he had been shot through both legs by a rifle bullet while attempting to rescue one of his
wounded men in front of the trenches as a result of fierce fighting at Zillebeke near Ypres.
During his time in hospital he wrote to the editor of the Sporting Buff saying:
' The left leg is healing up well and the muscles and nerves, which were mostly severed, are joined up again, as I can move my right foot several inches already. It is rather a slow business, though. I had also frost bite in my right foot, through having to lie in a ‘Jack Johnson’ hole (shell crater) for nearly six hours before we could be got away. No stretcher party could have lived there by daylight, of course, and the hole was about one third full of water, in which my feet were submerged. It was really a most uncomfortable way of spending a Sunday afternoon.’

He was severely wounded on the 18th August, and was taken to the 20th Casualty Clearing Station based at Warlincourt where he died three days later.
Detailed biography at Moseley-Society

Lieutenant Colonel Henry May Henderson
House: No 5 1893 - 1895. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 10 March 1917 aged 38 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Aveluy Communal Extension M 1

18th Div. Royal Engineers
Son of Capt. J. H. Henderson, R.N., and Mrs. J. H. Henderson, of Red House, Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Lieutenant Robert Charles Hodson
House: No 1 1901 - 1905. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 08 May 1917 aged 29 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Second Battle of Arras. Cemetery: Nine Elms Mil Cemetery Thelus

279th Railway Coy. Royal Engineers
Son of Charles William Hodson. C.S.I. and Maria Hodson.

In November 1910 he went to India as assistant engineer on the East India Railway. He returned to England November 1915 and in April 1916 went to the front with the Railway Company Royal Engineers. (The Times May 12,1917)

'He left in his Will a sum of £2,000 to King's College "For the improvement of the Engineering Dept." '
Kings College London

Lieutenant Wynell Hastings Lloyd
House: Sch 1909 - 1912. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 18 April 1918 aged 24 in France. Accidentally killed on active service.
Cemetery: Warloy Baillon Communal Extension 11 F 4

Son of E. W. M. Lloyd, Hartford House, Winchfield. b. 1894.
Upper V—Science I. Minor Scholar.
Apprenticed to an Architect.
Great War, Private 1914, 2nd Lieutenant 8th Lincoln Regt. ; Lieutenant R.E.
Accidentally killed April 18, 1918.

2nd Lieut Mansfield Charles Nightingale Mills
House: Sch 1905 - 1906. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 29 December 1915 aged 24 in France. Killed in action in France.
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Armentieres 1XD 72

Son of M. H. Mills, 8 Barn Park Terrace, Teignmouth. b. 1891.
Upper IV A—Upper Shell.
Mining Engineer; in Tin Mines Northern Nigeria.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant R.E.
Killed in action, December 29, 1915.

Captain Douglas Owen Milner-Moore
House: No 1 1898 - 1902. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 23 April 1918 aged 33 in Africa. Died at Mombasa.
Battle: East African Campaign. Cemetery: Mombasa (Mbaraki) Cemetery I. O. 7.

Son of Dr. Milner-Moore, The Quadrant, Coventry, b. 1885.
Modern II—Matriculation Class. House Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Engineer in India.
Great War (overseas), Captain Railway Corps.
Died at Nairobi, March 1918.

Captain George Angus Murray
House: No 2 1907 - 1911. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 06 October 1918 aged 25 in France. Killed in action in France.
Battle: Hundred Days Allied Offensive. Cemetery: Marcoing Communal 12

Son of Hon. H. Murray, C.I.E., C.B.E., Morleys, Henfield, Sussex, b. 1893.
Lower Shell—Army I. House Prefect. XXII Football; House XI Cricket.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant R.E. 1914, Captain.
Killed in action October 6, 1918.

Lieutenant John Burrows Whitfield
House: No 7 1902 - 1908. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 20 January 1916 aged 27 in Belgium. Died of wounds at Hooge.
Cemetery: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery 11 A 26

Son of T. N. Whitfield, Stoke Manor, Salop, b. 1889.
Middle IV—Mathematical VI. House Prefect.
Mathematical Exhibitioner, Queens' College, Cambridge ; B.A. (Second Class Mechanical Sciences Tripos) 1911.
Assistant Superintendent Engineer 1912 ; Physics Lecturer at St. John's College, Agra, 1913; R.E. Special Reserve 1911.
Great War, mobilised 1914.
Died of wounds at Hooge, January 20, 1916.

Lieutenant Richard Houlbrook Whitfield
House: No 7 1902 - 1906. Regiment: Royal Engineers.
Died: 12 May 1916 aged 29 in Belgium. Killed in action at Bailleul.
Cemetery: Maple Leaf Cemetery 1 13

Son of T. N. Whitfield, Stoke Manor, Salop, b. 1887.
Upper IV B—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
Civil Engineer ; Assistant on L. & Y.R. 1909-10 ; afterwards on G.W.R. ; Assoc.M.Inst.C.E. Great War, Lieutenant R.E.
Killed in action at Bailleul, May 12, 1916.

No of records: 13