Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Francis Percy Campbell Pemberton

Photo of Francis Percy Campbell Pemberton
House and time at Malvern: No 8, 1899 - 1900.

Regiment: Life Guards.
Died: 19 October 1914 aged 29 in Belgium. Killed in action in Belgium.
Battle: First Battle of Ypres. Cemetery: Dadizeele New British Cemetery

Born 4th April 1885. Son of Canon Thomas Percy and Patience Frances Sophia Pemberton, Gilling East, York, and Trumpington Hall, Cambridge.
Lower IV.
Trinity College, Cambridge; "C" Sqdn. 2nd Life Guards 1909; Captain 1914.
Husband of Winifred Mary Colegate (formerly Pemberton), of 16, Prince's Gardens, London.
Great War.

'He took his course at the Cavalry School at Netheravon 1911—12, and in May of the latter year was seconded as Cavalry Instructor to the Oxford and Cambridge O.T.C., but on the outbreak of the European War was recalled to his regiment; went to France with the Household Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division, Expeditionary Force, on 6 Oct. 1914, and was killed in action near Moorslede (between Roulers and Staden) 19 Oct. following.
The force against them being tremendous, the order to retire was given. They tried to bring Capt. Pemberton with them, but were unable to do so, and his body was never recovered. A Corporal of Horse in his regiment wrote: “It is unnecessary to say how much we boys regretted his death, for always he had proved himself one of the best, an excellent soldier and a grand leader, always thinking of others before himself and was always in the van.”
He was a fine all-round sportsman, a splendid cricketer, a keen huntsman, and a very good shot. And had a great natural and charming gift for music. He was a playing member of the M.C.C., also of the Cambridgeshire County Cricket Club, a vice-president and member of the Trumpington Cricket Club. He married at Hovingham Parish Church, 30 Apr11, 1912, Winifred Mary (Hovingham Hall, Malton), eldest daughter of Sir William Henry Arthington Worsley, of Hovingham Hall, 3rd Bart.' (De Ruvigny).