Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Charles Douglas Elston

Photo of Charles Douglas Elston
House and time at Malvern: No 3, 1901 - 1903.

Regiment: Northamptonshire Regt.
Died: 22 November 1917 aged 31 in United Kingdom. Died of wounds.
Cemetery: Brompton Cemetery E 6 174469

Son of E. M. Elston, of 21, Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, London, and the late Charles Frederick Elston, Hengoed, Walton-on-Thames, b. 1886.
Upper IV Army III.

'Among the number of Old Malvernians serving in the old Army who have fallen must be added the name of Charles D. Elston. His friends at Malvern will remember him best for his sunny disposition and strong sense of humour, which made him deservedly popular. Always, by his own choice, destined for the Army, he entered Sandhurst in 1905, and was gazetted to the Northamptonshire Regt. in 1906, being promoted Captain in 1914. He served through the early months of the war in Flanders, till he was very seriously wounded. After a long time in hospital, he recovered sufficiently to be able to get about, but finally succumbed to his wounds, "after three years of suffering bravely borne," aged 31 years.' (Malvernian, Dec 1917).

Appointed to Northamptonshire Regiment from the Royal Military College in Oct 1906.
He was made a Lieutenant in Dec 1908 and a Captain in March 1914.
He went to France with the 2nd Battalion landing at Le Havre on Nov 5th 1914. He was with C Company on his first tour at the front line where he was seriously wounded. In Nov 1915 he was placed on half pay due to ill health.
He died on 21st Nov 1917 after suffering from wounds received at Ypres in 1914.
Picture and biography on Flickr from Northampton museum

His war medals were sold at auction by Bonhams in 2003 for 587.Bonhams