Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Richard Grain Humphreys

Photo of Richard Grain Humphreys
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1911 - 1915.

Regiment: Kings Royal Rifle Corps.
Died: 28 September 1917 aged 20 in Belgium. Killed in action.
Battle: Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial

Son of Sir Travers and Lady Humphreys, of 47, Castlebar Rd., Ealing, Middlesex, and 6 Montpelier Road, Ealing, W. b. April 30th 1897.
Upper Shell—Matriculation Class. House Prefect.
London Matriculation.
Great War, Private Inns of Court O.T.C.; 2nd Lieutenant K.R.R.C.
13th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps

'Having passed London Matriculation, 1st Class, he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C., and obtained his commission in November 1915. Early in this year he was invalided home, and underwent an operation for appendicitis, returning to the front in July last. On 28th September he was acting as Intelligence Officer, and about 5 a.m. received a slight wound on the head. This having been dressed, he was sent with two attendants to the Aid Post, but during the short journey a shell burst a few yards from the party, killing three of them, including "Dick" Humphreys, instantaneously. His Captain writes: "It has been an awful shock to us all, for he was intensely admired for his magnificent courage and utter disregard of danger. He was just fearless. He was extraordinarily efficient in the discharge of his duties, and his loss will be most keenly felt. He was also very keen on the promotion of sport in the Battalion, and was a great sticker for looking after the comfort of his men, both in and out of the trenches." ' (Malvernian, Nov 1917).

Service record:WO 339/47531