Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Bertram Cecil Metcalfe-Smith

Photo of Bertram Cecil Metcalfe-Smith
House and time at Malvern: No 5, 1908 - 1911.

Regiment: West Yorkshire Regt.
Died: 22 April 1918 aged 24 in France. Died of wounds.
Cemetery: Pernes Brit Cemetery I D 13

Born 6 March, 1894, son of Reginald Metcalfe-Smith, 101 Eaton Terrace, S.W.
Middle IV—Lower Shell.
Trinity Hall, Cambridge.
Great War, Private Queen's Westminsters 1914; Lieutenant W. Yorkshire Regt.

'Bertram Metcalfe-Smith did not fill a great place in the School, but will be remembered by his House as a keen naturalist and a boy with many hobbies. He left Malvern early for a year with a Tutor, and afterwards went to Trinity Hall, joining the W. Yorks, Regt. early in the war. He was seriously wounded in April, and died a few days later at the Canadian Clearing Station, leaving a fine record as a good soldier who always did his duty.' (Malvernian, Jul 1918).

'Lieut., 4th (Extra Reserve) Battn. The Prince of Wales’s Own (West Yorkshire Regt.), only son of Reginald Metcalfe Smith, of Nunirons, Olney, co. Buckingham, by his wife, Kate Frances, 3rd daughter of the late Lieut.-Col. Bailey, 4th Battn. The Bedfordshire Regt.; born London, 6 March, 1894 educ. Parkfield, Haywards Heath; Malvern College, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge; joined the Queen’s Westminster Rifles 6 Aug. 1914; served with the expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from the following Nov.; was invalided home in Feb. gazetted 2nd Lieut. in the West Yorkshire Regt. 13 April, 1915; promoted Lieut. in 1917; returned to France in Dec. 1916, being shortly afterwards attached to the 21st Battn. The West Yorkshire Regt., and died at No. 4 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station 2 Apr11. 1918, from wounds received in action on the 18th of that month. Buried in the British Cemetery, Pernes, Pas-de-Calais. His Commanding Officer wrote: “Your son was a good soldier, always cool and cheerful in danger, and he was very popular with us all. We shall miss him greatly. He died a soldier’s death, with his duty well done, and you may be proud of him.”' (De Ruvigny).

Service record: WO 339/29814