Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Bassett Cockburn Raban

Photo of Richard Bassett Cockburn Raban
House and time at Malvern: No 7, 1895 - 1898.

Regiment: Royal Scots.
Died: 12 May 1916 aged 35 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Vermelles British III F 22

Son of Rev. R. C. W. Raban, Bishop's Hull, Taunton, b. 1881.
Army III—I. School Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; Somerset L.I. 1900; Indian Army (1st Bengal Lancers) 1901; Major 1915; Staff College, Quetta, 1914.
Great War (overseas), Lieut.-Colonel 13th Bn. Royal Scots.

Son of the late Rev. R. C. W. Raban (Vicar of Bishop's Hull, Taunton), and Mrs. Raban. Aide-de-Camp to the King at the Delhi Durbar.

The Times: "Lieutenant-Colonel Raban, 1st Duke of York's Own Lancers (Skinner's Horse), attached Royal Scots, was officially reported killed on May 12th. In connection with the great Durbar in Delhi in 1911, Captain Raban (as he then was) had the honour of being appointed one of the four Aides-de-Camp to the King-Emperor, and received the Durbar Medal. In 1914 he qualified for the English and Indian Staff Colleges, and passed into the Indian Staff College, Quetta. Shortly after the outbreak of the war, Captain Raban was selected to accompany a squadron of native troops to the front. In November last he was gazetted as second in command in the 7th Battalion Cameron Highlanders, with the rank of Major. In April he was made temporary Lieutenant-Colonel, and attached to the Royal Scots."

At 08.30 on 11th May 1916, the 13th Royal Scots took over the trenches opposite the Hohenzollern Redoubt at Loos, and at 16.15 the enemy opened a very heavy bombardment, and at 17.00 a shell entered the battalion HQ dug-out, killing or wounding the entire battalion HQ including Lieutenant Colonel Raban.
Details of 'Disaster at the kink'