Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Guy Nicholas Palmes

Photo of Guy Nicholas Palmes
House and time at Malvern: Sch, 1908 - 1911.

Regiment: Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Died: 08 May 1915 aged 21 in Belgium. Killed in action at Ypres.
Battle: Second Battle of Ypres. Cemetery: Ypres Menin Gate P 47

Born 14th July 1894. Son of Rev. George and Eva Blanche Palmes, Naburn Hall, York.
Army III.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1914; Lieutenant 1915.

'He was killed in action near Ypres whilst rallying his men in a charge against the Prussian Guard.' (Malvernian, Jun 1915).

'He was wounded on May 8th round Zonnebeke. It took three wounds to finish him. He came out with us and was a very nice gentleman. I saw him wounded the first time, but he kept going and was going about with a bayonet in one hand and a revolver in the other. It was the case of every man for himself, and we had to get back to keep the line straight. He got finished on the way and his servant was wounded trying to save him. The stretcher bearers sent in the news of his death. A man of my Coy, Pte Storey, who has been killed since saw him dead and told us.' (Ref Lance Corporal Dexter, No 14 Clearing Hospital, July 23rd 1915, Boulogne).

Below is the unit war diary extract:
8th May 1915. Trenches heavily shelled with high explosive; this was followed by a ferocious attack. C & D Companies were shelled out of their trenches. A & B drove off ferocious attack and withdrew from trenches at night.
Casualties. Killed: Captain H K Hughes, Captain K Lambert, Lieut Palmes and 53 Other Ranks.'

Service record:WO 339/15776
Unit war diary:WO 95/2274/1