Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant William Louis Jennings Longbourne

Photo of William Louis Jennings Longbourne
House and time at Malvern: No 5, 1900 - 1906.

Regiment: Royal West Surrey Regt.
Died: 09 August 1915 aged 28 in Turkey. Killed in action at Suvla Bay.
Battle: Gallipoli Campaign. Cemetery: Helles Memorial P 30/31

Son of Mrs C. R. Longbourne and late Charles R. V. Longbourne of Highmead, Guildford Liphook, Hants, b. 1887.
Lower IV—Matriculation Class. House XI Football; Anderson Medal.
Solicitor 1912 ; 1914. 2nd Lieutenant 5th Battalion attd. 2nd/4th Bn. The Queens (West Surrey Regt.)
Great War, mobilised 1914, Lieutenant.
Killed in action in Gallipoli August 9, 1915.

He was mortally wounded on May 8th, 1915, whilst leading his platoon near the crest of Chocolate Hill above Suvla Bay. His men went on but were driven back, and had to dig themselves in. It was found impossible to bring him in under the heavy fire during daylight, but he continued to give his orders as he lay in the open for some hours until he died. At school his cheery nature and peculiarly loyal and affectionate disposition endeared him to all who knew him. (Malvernian, Mar 1916).

'He took part in the landing at Suvla Bay on the early morning of 9 Aug 1915, and in the subsequent assault on Chocolate Hill, the same day; while leading his platoon in the attack he was badly wounded near the top of the hill, but refused to allow his men to help him, telling them to go on. Afterwards, owing to the cross fire and nature of the country, it was found impossible to get to him and he was never seen again. ' (De Ruvigny).

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