Malvern College First World War Casualty

Major Urmstone Shaw Naylor

Photo of Urmstone Shaw Naylor
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1892 - 1896.

Regiment: Durham Light Inf.
Died: 03 September 1916 aged 38 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial P 4C

Son of F. A. Naylor, Central Provinces, India, b. 1878.
Lower IV—Army Side. School Prefect. XI Football; House XI Cricket.
Indian Police 1898 (United Provinces).
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 13th Bn. Durham Light Infantry 1914; Major attached 6th Bn. Royal Irish Regt. Despatches.

Married Charlotte Pope Paterson on October 12th 1904 at St James Church, West Derby, Liverpool Born 19th January 1881, and had five children.

The Times:
'Major Urmstone Shaw Naylor who was killed in action on September 3, received a commission in the Durham Light Infantry when war was declared. In April 1916 he was attached to the Royal Irish Regiment as second in command. His Colonel writes: "I am indeed proud to have had such a splendid officer and good comrade under my command. His loss to me at this juncture is a most serious one."'

The following is from the Unit War Diary:
'Guillemont. 3rd September 1916. At 12.25pm the Bn advanced to the attack on Guillemont and Sunken Road, which latter was the final objective. The Bn went over the parapet with the pipes playing & the men went forward in excellent order. The final objective was in our hands by about 3pm and the line was at once consolidated & held in spite of three counter-attacks.
The casualties in the days fighting were heavy, being 14 officers & 311 O.R.
Major U.S. Naylor, 2/Lt Magill & 2/Lt Downing killed in action.'

Service record:WO 339/37535
Unit Diary:WO 95/1970/3