Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Sydney Walter Humfrey Welsby

Photo of Sydney Walter Humfrey Welsby
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1905 - 1910.

Regiment: Cheshire Regt.
Died: 30 April 1917 aged 26 in Iraq. Killed in action at Shatt-el-Adheim.
Cemetery: Basra Memorial P 14/62

Born: April 8th 1891. Son of Walter and Annie Kate Welsby, Chichester House, Chester.
Upper VVI. Senior Scholar. Faber Exhibitioner. School Prefect. XI Cricket; XL Football.
Scholar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge; B.A. (Third Class Classical Tripos) 1913.
In business (Wine Merchant).
Great War, Private Public Schools' Batt. 1914; Captain 8th Cheshire Regt. 14th Bn. Cheshire Regiment.

He had four sisters (Ruth, Audrey, Margaret and Judith) and two brothers (Thomas and John).

On 15th February 1917 he was admitted to 16 Casualty Clearing Hospital for Shell Shock and was discharged back to duty 3 weeks later on the 8th March 1917.
He was killed in action 7 weeks later on the 30th April 1917.

'At School he gained most distinction at cricket, especially as a bowler, and his contemporaries and not a few of his opponents will recall the eccentric flight which he imparted to the ball. At Cambridge he took up rowing, and was good oar enough to row for the Trinity Hall Eight at Henley. He joined one of the Public Schools Battalions of the Royal Fusiliers in September 1914, and in the following May was gazetted to the Cheshire Regiment. In May of last year he went to a Battalion in the Eastern sphere of the war where he fell on April 30th.' (Malvernian, Jun 1917).

Service record:WO 339/41283