Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Robert William Millington Dewhurst

Photo of Robert William Millington Dewhurst
House and time at Malvern: No 2, 1909 - 1914.

Regiment: Wiltshire Regt.
Died: 26 April 1916 aged 21 in Iraq. Died of wounds in Mesopotamia.
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery VI D 12

Born July 14th 1895. Son of Robert Paget Dewhurst and Florence Frances Maud Dewhurst, of 106, Abingdon Rd., Oxford, and Gonda, Oudh, India, and Littlecote, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe.
Upper V—Mathematical VI. Senior Scholar. Leaving Scholarship. School Prefect. Shooting VIII. House XI Football.
Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
He gained a mathematical scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in November, 1913, and on leaving Malvern in July, 1914, he was awarded a leaving scholarship and the Dowdeswell Prize for mathematics.

'At School he distinguished himself in various directions. His intellectual powers were considerable, and it was confidently anticipated that he would have a creditable career at Oxford, where he had gained a Mathematical Scholarship shortly before the war broke out. His keenness and determination and high principle won for him general respect, and those who were privileged to know him intimately realised the value of true friendship. He received his commission in August 1914, and was gazetted to the Wiltshire Regiment in September of that year. He died of wounds on April 26th, aged 20.' (Malvernian, Jun 1916).

Telegram sent on 25 Apr 1916 stating that he had been severely wounded in the head on the 21/22 April in the Tigris line.

He was mentioned in a despatch from Lieutenant General Sir Percy Lake dated 24th August 1916, for 'gallant and distinguished service in the Field'.
Corpus Christi Oxford

Service record:WO 339/11799
Medal card: WO 372/6/15872
Unit Diary:WO 95/5161/3