Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Wilfrid Saxby Barham

Photo of Wilfrid Saxby Barham
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1909 - 1913.

Regiment: East Kent Regt. (The Buffs).
Died: 10 October 1915 aged 21 in Belgium. Died of wounds at Poperinghe.
Cemetery: Poperinghe New Cemetery I C 26

Born: 14th November 1894, Dene Wood, 33 Daleham Gardens, Hampstead. Father Managing director of a Public Company.
Son of Colonel A. S. Barham and Annie Gertrude Barham formerly Edwards, Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent.
Middle IV AŚMatriculation Class. House Prefect. Shooting VIII 1912,13.

Went to Clare College, Cambridge. Lived at 5 Green Street, Cambridge.
Applied for Commission in May 1914 in 3rd Btn, East Kents (The Buffs).
Attached to 1st Bn, The Buffs.

'During November 1914 he was transferred to the 1st Batt. In France, and was subsequently promoted Captain, His Colonel writing of him says: "He is the greatest loss to his regiment. He was only a boy, and yet he possessed the reliance and assurance of men twice his age. When I decided to place him in command of his Company with subalterns under him ten or even fifteen years older than he, I was much impressed by the way in which he came to the fore and accepted his responsibilities. He commanded his Company in a way that proved that he was a commander of exceptional merit. He was thoroughly reliable and dependable in every respect, and full of sound common sense. He was always cheerful, and did his best to impart his high spirit to those under him." He died of wounds in France on October 10th, aged 21.' (Malvernian, Nov 1915).

The Wilfred Barham Exhibition was founded in his memory.

Service record:WO/339/14067