Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain John Rodgers MC

Photo of John Rodgers
House and time at Malvern: No 2, 1910 - 1913.

Regiment: York and Lancaster Regt.
Died: 02 September 1918 aged 22 in France. Killed in action at Vreaucourt.
Battle: Hundred Days Allied Offensive. Cemetery: Gomiecourt South Cemetery IV E 2

Son of J. Rodgers (O.M.), 14 Endcliffe Avenue, Sheffield, b. 1896.
Modern III—I.
In business.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant "D" Coy. 2nd/4th (Hallamshire) Bn, York and Lancaster Regt. 1914, Captain. M.C.

'After leaving School, John Rodgers spent several months in Dusseldorf. On his return from Germany he entered his father's business at Sheffield, but when the war broke out he promptly joined up. He had a long and varied experience of fighting on the Western front, and took part in many of the biggest battles from 1915 up to the day of his death. In the action in which he fell his battalion had made an advance when the enemy made a counterattack, and it was during this attack that he was killed by a machine-gun bullet. He had proved himself to be an excellent soldier, and well deserved the high praise given to him by his Colonel, who said of him that, if he had lived, he would have undoubtedly received a decoration. Those who knew John Rodgers at School had the greatest admiration for his high principles and blameless character. He would have made an excellent prefect, and his House was all the poorer that he left comparatively young.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).