Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut Cyril Francis Davenport

Photo of Cyril Francis Davenport
House and time at Malvern: No 4, 1911 - 1914.

Regiment: Hampshire Regt.
Died: 02 August 1916 aged 19 in France. Accidentally killed at Bethune.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Bethune Town Cemetery III K 37

Son of Mrs. Edward Davenport, of Amberley, Stroud, Glos., and the late Rev. Edward Davenport, Stoke Talmage, Tetsworth, Oxon. b. 1897.
Lower IV—Middle IV A.
Great War, Inns of Court O.T.C. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant "A" Coy. 14th Bn. Hampshire Regiment.

'He was of a happy, generous, and affectionate nature, and an excellent companion, observant of and keenly interested in out-door things. Delicacy of health in earlier life had caused slow development, but he found himself in the practical work of engineering and of military service. He obtained a commission in a Battalion of the Hampshire Regt., in which he did exceptionally good work as Bombing Officer. His men were devoted to him and he was described by his Colonel as "one of our best officers, always cheery and always at work." He died of wounds received on Aug. 2nd through the premature explosion of a hand grenade, while he was assisting the Instructor of the Brigade Bombing School. ' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).

He was wounded in an accident at the Brigade Bomb school and died shortly after being admitted to hospital. Several other officers from the 11th, 12th & 13th Royal Sussex Regt were also wounded at the bomb school.
The following day on the 3rd August at Les Choqueax, several officers attended his funeral along with men from his platoon.

Service record: WO 339/40073
Medal card: WO 372/5/171212
Unit War Diary:WO 95/2583/6