Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant George Edward Grundy

Photo of George Edward Grundy
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1892 - 1902.

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regt.
Died: 22 July 1915 aged 32 in Turkey. Killed in action in Gallipoli.
Battle: Gallipoli Campaign. Cemetery: Helles Memorial P 35/37

Born Feb 26th 1893. Second son of the Rev. William Grundy, Headmaster of Malvern College 1885-1891, and Margaret Grundy, School House, Abingdon. 1 brother (William), 3 sisters (Margaret, Mary & Flora).
Junior School - VI. Latin Verse; English Verse. School Pre fect. XI Cricket; House XI Football.
Heath H arrison Exhibitioner, Brasenose College, Oxford; Second Class Mods.; B.A. (Fourth Class Lit. Hum.) 1906; played Golf v Cambridge 1904—06 (captain); Assistant Master Pocklington School 1906-07; H aileybury College 1908; House Master 1913; 2nd Lieutenant Cadet Corps.
Great War, Lieutenant 9th Batt. Warwickshire Regt.

'George Grundy gave to Haileybury the best that was in him. The Master of Haileybury College writes of him: "We miss and shall miss Grundy more than I can say. He was an enthusiastic scholar; a keen player of all games; a Housemaster, and an Officer of O.T.C. But, more than all this, his gallant spirit, his wit, and his unfailing cheerfulness are what we shall always remember." On the outbreak of war he was gazetted Lieut, 9th (Service) Bn. R. Warwickshire Regt. His regiment was sent last June to the Dardanelles; in his short experience of active service his influence with his men is illustrated by the following extract from a censored letter: "I don't think I could go on, if it were not for our officer Mr. Grundy: he does everything for us, and we would do anything for him." He was killed on July 22, while encouraging his men to advance against some troublesome snipers. One who knew him all his life writes of him: "George Grundy inspired affection in no common degree. In his boyhood he had the gift of disarming the sternest and most justly irritated Masters. Out of school, and in later years, his wholesome and happy disposition, his wide sympathy, and perhaps, above all, his quaint humour, and sudden irresistible laugh, won him hosts of friends, who feel now that something radiant and vivifying has passed from their lives." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour:
He left for the Dardanelles in June 1915 and was killed in action in the front trenches at Gallipoli. Col. Palmer, who was killed two days later and buried beside him wrote : “He was one of my best officers. He was always thinking of the welfare of his men and was much loved by his comrades, who could not fail to appreciate his unselfish devotion to their interests.” Major Gordon, who succeeded Col. Palmer in command of the regt., wrote: “ Mr. Grundy was a splendid officer, energetic, capable, cheerful and brave.” His Influence with his men is illustrated by the following extract from a letter: “He does everything for us and we would do anything for him.” A brother officer concludes his letter : “Let it be some consolation that his end was worthy of his life and that he left behind him an example that we should like to follow.” The Master of Haileybury College wrote of him: “He was a keen scholar; he was a fine athlete; but what we loved him for was the boyish laugh, the unfailing cheeriness, the constant goodness of his heart. He had that real charm of personality which is given to but few men; but it is perhaps the best of God’s good gifts. I cannot put my feelings better than in the words one wrote to me : ‘ All the sunshine seems to have gone out with Grundy's death.’ “

Service record:WO 339/12837