Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain James Garland Hopkinson

Photo of James Garland Hopkinson
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1890 - 1893.

Regiment: Gordon Highlanders.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 40 in Belgium. Killed in action at Hooge.
Cemetery: Ypres Menin Gate P 38

Son of J. Hopkinson, 36 Netherhall Gardens Hampstead. B. 1875.
Lower IV— Upper V. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Football 1892,93; House XI Cricket.
Farmed for some time in Aberdeenshire; North of Scotland Bank, Elgin; Factor Drumtochty Estates; Lieutenant 6th Batt. Seaforth Highlanrs.
Great War: Lieutenant 4th Batt. Gordon Highlanders 1914; Captain.

'He joined the Gordon Highlanders from the Reserve of Officers having served formerly with the 6th Seaforth Highlanders. On September 25, 1915, he was in command of a double company, and had the honour of being selected to lead the attack. He had reached the third line of the German trenches, and was standing beside a captured gun when he was shot through the head by a sniper. We have had the privilege of reading many letters written by his fellow-officers and men, which testify alike to his universal popularity and his sterling qualities as a soldier. One quotation, however, will suffice: "He was one of the bravest men I ever fought beside, and his daring and courage, combined with his cool and collected behaviour during this very difficult operation, could not be excelled by the very bravest. His first thought was always for the pleasure and comfort of the men under him; and he was dearly loved by all." This is high praise; but his contemporaries who remember the boy on the football field and as Head of his House will recognise the man.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).

Service record:WO 374/34653
Transcript of unit war diary