Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Edward Hedley Cuthbertson

Photo of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson
House and time at Malvern: No 5, 1903 - 1907.

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regt. Att Lan Regt.
Died: 24 July 1917 aged 29 in Iraq. Died on active service in Mesopotamia.
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery XIII L 6

Born 15th December 1889 at 59 Fairholt Road, Stoke Newington. Son of Edward Hedley Cuthbertson and Alice Cuthbertson formerly Monro, Bushey House, Bushey, Herts.
Middle IV B—Matriculation Class. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket 1906,07; XI Football 1905,06.
Clare College, Cambridge; played Association Football v. Oxford.
He was a noted cricketer playing for the Malvern 1st X1, Cambridge University, and Marylebone Cricket Club.
In business, Stockbroker.
Address in 1914: 51 Egerton Crescent, Kensington.

'Hedley Cuthbertson's school-life at Malvern of 4.5 years was marked by two chief characteristics, his success as an athlete, and his marked independence of character. At football and cricket generally he reached a good Eleven standard, while his wicket keeping was something better. In fact wicket keeping was exactly suited to his temperament. It called out all his skill, and entailed no bustle; for he was one of those who could not be bustled. But his strong will and his kindly disposition were the chief causes of the affection that his school friends entertained for him at School and afterwards, and which endears his memory to them now.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

9th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
Embarked Bombay on 22nd June 1917 and disembarked Basrah 28th June 1917.
30th June 1917. Arrived at Martina.
Following from Medical case sheet:
20th July 1917 . Admitted to hospital at Amara. Had been proceeding up river and been 14 days in Mesopotamia.
21st July 1917. Temperature 106 degrees and patient collapsed. Pulse imperceptible.
22nd July 1917. Restless night but seemed better, still rather cyanosed.
23rd July 1917. Restless, pulse not so good, in evening temperature started to rise. Died at 6.30pm.
25th July 1917. Died from effects of heat.

Widow: Mary Constance Cuthbertson (formerly Follett), of 72, Onslow Gardens, South Kensington, London.

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

Service record:WO 339/23182