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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Lieutenant Colonel John Henry Morris Arden
House: No 3 1888 - 1892. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 23 July 1918 aged 43 in Eygpt. Died at Cairo.
Cemetery: Alexandria War Memorial Cemetery B. 71

Son of the Rev. A. Henry Arden (Reader in Tamil and Telugu), University of Cambridge, Curborough, Malvern. b. 1875.
Worcestershire Regt. (from Militia) 1897; Captain 1900 ; attached to Egyptian Army 1904; retired 1912; Osmanieh, 4th Class, 1913; South African War 1899—1902, Queens Medal with 3 Clasps, King’s Medal with 2 Clasps.
Great War, re-joined Worcestershire Regt. 1914; Brevet Major 1915 ; D.S.O. ; Brevet Lieut-Colonel; severely wounded and attached Administrative Branch (Egypt)
No. 3 Cadet Wing Royal Air Force and Reserve of Officers, 2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment ,D S O, Mentioned in Despatches, Order of Osmanieh, 2nd Class.

Medal card: WO 372/1/109453
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2nd Lieut Edward Charles Vulliamy Battle
House: No 9 1909 - 1912. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 21 October 1914 aged 20 in France. Killed in action near Lille.
Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial

Son of W. H. Battle, 49 Harley Street, W. b. 1894.
Middle IV—Army II. House Prefect. Shooting VIII.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
Great War, killed in action October 21, 1914.
Biography at Bedales

Service record: WO 339/11139
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Captain James Robert Blake
House: Day 1909 - 1911. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 25 March 1918 aged 25 in France. Killed in action in France.
Battle: German Spring Offensive. Cemetery: Arras Memorial BAY 6

Born 21st October 1893, Manor House, Wilnscote, Warwick. Son of Rev. J. E. H. Blake, The Lees, Malvern, b. 1893.
Modern III—I. House Prefect. Head of House.
Address: The Lees, Malvern

8th Bn. attd. 14th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment , Twice Mentioned in Despatches.

6 Jan 1915. Corporal James Robert Blake to be Second Lieutenant.

13.9.1916 Medical Board: 'He has been in France for 17 months. He contracted measles on 13/8/16 and this was followed by laryngitis and pneumonia. He was admitted to hospital on 7/9/16.'

Sister: Beatrice Elizabeth Blake
Bretforton Vicarage, Honeybourne, Worcestershire

Son of James Edward Huxley Blake and Beatrice Harriet Blake (formerly Milward), of 4, College Yard, Worcester

Missing at Courcelette.
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Service Record: WO 374/7021

2nd Lieut Francis Leslie Hastings-Medhurst
House: No 6 1909 - 1913. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 17 October 1914 aged 19 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of La Bassee. Cemetery: Le Touret Memorial P 1718

2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Son of Mrs. Hastings-Medhurst, of Easton Cottage, Chagford, Devon.

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
He went to France, 28 Aug. 1914, and was killed in action at Illies, near La Bassée, 17 Oct. 1914. On this occasion the Worcesters had suffered severely, and he had volunteered to go for re inforcements. He was almost in safety when he was killed by a maxim gun, but fortunately the forces coming up saw him and were in time to succour the few left alive. He had been wounded in the head three days previously, but refused to go into hospital, owing to shortage of officers. He was buried by his men the same night, 700 yards north-west of Illies Church.
His Colonel wrote to his widowed mother that he was a most promising officer, loved by all his men, and a real loss to his regiment; and another officer wrote: “We all loved him, and his men were very fond of him and would go anywhere with him. He was always so cheerful and extremely cool in action. As an officer remarked to me, ‘an awfully nice fellow, a most promising soldier and one we can ill afford to lose.’”<

2nd Lieut Alexis Cowper Honey
House: No 2 1913 - 1917. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 10 February 1918 aged 20 in France. Died of wounds.
Cemetery: Etaples Military Cemetery XXV111 E 9

4th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
Son of Mrs. A. L. Honey, of Cowper's House & Houghton, Huntingdon, Hunts, and the late Rev. Albert Alexis Honey. Native of Huntingdon.

Middle V—Lower VI. Senior Chapel Prefect. XI Cricket ; XI Football; Ledbury Cap. Cadet Officer.

He was wounded at Cambrai on the 30th November 1917 and died of wounds on the 10th February 1918 at No. 20 General Hospital, Camiers, France.
Biography at Worcestershire Regiment

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.

Lieutenant John Ralph Theodore Marsham
House: Sch 1900 - 1902. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 26 February 1919 aged 34 in United Kingdom. Died of pneumonia.
Cemetery: Winchester West Hill Old Cemetery 40 2927

Son of Rev. the Hon. J. Marsham, St. Maur, Newton Abbot, b. 1885.
Middle IV—Middle Shell.
South African Police ; Farmer in Canada.
Great War, Private Strathcona's Horse 1914, 2nd Lieutenant n t h Batt. Worcester Regt.
(overseas); severely wounded 1915 ; attached Hants Regt. Died at Winchester, February 26, 1919.

2nd Lieut Basil Muir
House: No 3 1911 - 1914. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 16 June 1915 aged 19 in Belgium. Killed in action in Flanders.
Cemetery: Ypres Menin Gate P 34

Son of J. J. Muir. b. 1896.
Upper IV B—Science I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XXII Football; Fives Pair. Cadet Officer.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
Killed in action June 16, 1915.

Captain Alister Will Henderson Scott
House: No 6 1905 - 1910. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 16 May 1915 aged 24 in France. Died of wounds near Ypres.
Battle: Second Battle of Ypres. Cemetery: Bethune Town Cemetery 11 A 1

Son of Mrs. Scott, b. 1891.
Lower IV—Army I. Senior Chapel Prefect. XI Football 1907- 09 (captain) ; XI Cricket 1909,10. Cadet Officer.
Sugar Planter and Farmer.
Lieutenant 6th Batt. Worcestershire Regt. (T.F.) 1912.
Great War, mobilised 1914, Captain.
Died of wounds near Ypres, May 16, 1915.

Captain Noel Herbert Stone MC
House: Sch 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 27 April 1918 aged 23 in France. Killed in action near Amiens.
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villiers Bretonneux 11 J 8

Son of H. S. Stone, M.D., Beechwood, Reigate. b. 1895.
Army III—I. School Prefect. XI Cricket and Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Worcestershire Regt. 1914 ; Captain 1917.
Killed in action near Amiens, April 27, 1918 ; M.C., Despatches (2).

Lieutenant Rudolph Vincent Surr
House: No 6 1905 - 1909. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 31 October 1916 aged 25 in France. Killed in action at Delville.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 5A/6C

Son of E. V. Surr, San Francisco, U.S.A. b. 1891.
Upper Shell—Lower VI.
Birmingham University ; B. Com. (First Class) 1913.
In business (Baldwin's, Ltd.).
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914 ; Lieutenant 5th Worcesters.
Killed in action at Delville, October 31, 1916.

Lieutenant John Dyott Willmot
House: No 3 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Worcestershire Regt..
Died: 08 July 1915 aged 20 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Beuvry Communal 54

Son of G. D. Willmot, Blyth Cottage, Coleshill, Birmingham, b. 1895.
Modern III—Science I. School Prefect. House XI Cricket and Football.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 6th Worcestershire Regt. 1914.
Killed in action July 8, 1915.

No of records: 12