Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Reginald Ernest Melly

Photo of Reginald Ernest Melly
House and time at Malvern: No 4, 1902 - 1906.

Regiment: Liverpool Regt.
Died: 30 July 1916 aged 28 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 1D, 8B. 8C

Son of Ernest Louis Melly (Solicitor) and Florence Melly, of Highbury Bank, Meriden, Coventry, b. 1888.
Middle IV—Matriculation Class. House XI Cricket and Football.
Solicitor 1911.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 20th Bn. King's Liverpool Regt. 1914, Captain.

'As a boy here he threw himself whole-heartedly into the life of the School; his influence was entirely for good, and by his attractive character he made and deserved many friends. His later life was of a piece with his boyhood. He volunteered for service at the beginning of the war and received a commission in a Battalion of the Liverpool Regt. in Feb 1915. He was promoted Lieutenant in May 1915, and for the last month of his service had the command of a company. He was killed in action on July 30th, while gallantly leading an attack. His Colonel speaks of him as having been an excellent officer, who was beloved by his men and whose services in command were invaluable.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).

'He was a keen cricketer, and was well-known in Coventry and the Midlands as a left half hockey player, playing for Warwickshire and the Midlands, and later for Yorkshire and the North. He joined as a private in August, 1914, received his commission in February, 1915, and was promoted lieutenant in May, 1915. ' (Liverpool Echo, "Roll of Honour. Casualties In Local Battalions", 7th August 1916 ).