Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Alban Charles Phidias Arnold

Photo of Alban Charles Phidias Arnold
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1906 - 1910.

Regiment: Royal Fusiliers.
Died: 07 July 1916 aged 24 in France. Killed in action at the Somme.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P. 8C 9A 16A

Son of the Rev. Charles Lowther Arnold and Mary Delamere Arnold, of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Fareham, Hants and Wroxall Vicarage, Isle of Wight, b. 1892.
Middle IV A Modern II. House Prefect. XI Cricket 1909, 10; Fives Pair.
Magdalene College, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Medieval and Modern Languages Tripos) 1914; played Cricket v. Oxford 1914.
Great War, Private 1914; afterwards 2nd lieutenant 18th Royal Fusiliers.
11th Bn. attd. 8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

He went to Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1911, and played cricket for Cambridge University, 1912-14, 5 matches. Hampshire, 1912-14, 16 matches. Free Foresters, 1914, 1 match.

'Alban Arnold was, as his record shows, distinguished both at school and afterwards at cricket. He was an excellent cricket-keeper, one of the two or three best we have had, and a very dangerous though perhaps not quite a sound bat. It was his consistently heavy scoring that forced him into the Cambridge Eleven of 1914. Here he was a steady, quiet, somewhat reserved boy, but always pleasant and attractive, and of striking appearance. He left a year, before his proper time to study in France, with a view to entering the Consular Service. As time went on he "came out" much more, and promised to become a really valuable man. He enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion in the first month of the war, and received his commission later in the year. He was killed in an advance on July 7th, 1916.' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).

Ref:Wisden on the Great War
Final Wicket:Test and First Class Cricketers Killed in the Great War By Nigel McCrery

Medal card: WO 372/1/118329
8 Bn Royal Fusiliers (1915 June - 1918 Feb) War Diary: WO 95/1857/1