Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Thomas Gair

Photo of Thomas Gair
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1903 - 1908.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 09 September 1917 aged 28 in Belgium. Killed in action near St Julien.
Battle: Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial P 4-6 and 162

Son of John Hamilton Gair and Martha Grace Gair, Skelwith Bridge, Ambleside. b 1889.
Middle V - VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect.
New College, Oxford; B.A. (Second Class History) 1912; articled to Clerk of Lancashire County Council.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 2nd West Lancashire Brigade R.F.A. (T.F - 'A' Bty 276th Bde.) 1914; Lieutena.
The Thomas Gair Exhibition was founded in his memory.

'When war broke out he joined the R. F. A., but before the Brigade went abroad he was appointed Instructor at the Bettisfield Training Camp. In January last he once again re-joined his Brigade, which was then in Flanders, and he was in the third battle of Ypres on July 31st. On September 9th he was doing a 24 hour tour of duty with an infantry battalion. Their headquarters were heavily shelled, and three-quarters of the unit became casualties. He attended to the wounded, and when a shell hit the dug-out occupied by the battalion runners and signallers, he went to them, anxious to know if any of his own men were among those hit. Just as he was about to enter the dug-out a shell hit him, and he was killed instantaneously.' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Bog Labs, Brathay, South Lakeland, Cumbria.