Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Gerald Ralph Hayes-Sadler

Photo of Gerald Ralph Hayes-Sadler
House and time at Malvern: No 3, 1911 - 1914.

Regiment: Royal Warwickshire Regt.
Died: 03 September 1916 aged 20 in France. Killed in action at Ginchy.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Delville Wood Longueval

Son of Major R. Hayes-Sadler, of "Cooleen," Farnborough, Hants, and Stafton Grange, Howick, Natal, b. 1896.
Army III—I.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Royal Warwickshire Regt. 1915; Lieutenant 1916.
2nd Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment.

'He will always be remembered here with real affection for his gentle, thoughtful, kindly disposition. He had a calm and quiet manner, and there was nothing shallow in any friendship he made. He reached no prominent position in the School, but a short soldier life brought fully to light his pluck, courage, and determination. He was wounded slightly in April, and re-joined his Battalion in July. He was again wounded in September, but was reluctant to go back when ordered to do so; soon after a shell burst near, killing him. His Captain writes: "We all greatly feel his loss, he was so keen on his work and popular in all ranks; he was of the greatest help, keeping cool under terrific fire, and, had he got through, I should have sent in his name for mention." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1916).

Killed in action near Delville Wood.