Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Walter Gordon Woodroffe

Photo of Walter Gordon Woodroffe
House and time at Malvern: No 4, 1907 - 1912.

Regiment: Middlesex Regt.
Died: 16 September 1916 aged 22 in France. Killed in action at the Somme.
Battle: Battle of the Somme. Cemetery: Bronfay Farm Bray Sur Somme II D 4

Son of W. H. Woodroffe, 51 Lincoln's Inn Fields, W.C. b. 1894.
Middle V—VI. Minor Scholar. School Prefect. House XI Football.
Scholar, Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 7th Middlesex Regt. 1914, Captain. Croix de Guerre.

'His five years at Malvern were years of steady growth, and he left us for Cambridge with good hopes of a successful career, and these, so far as fate allowed, were fulfilled. His alert and acquisitive mind, his industry, his humour, and his powers as a speaker were gifts which could not fail to bring him into prominence, and he made his mark at the Union, at which he was elected a member of Committee. Keenly interested in political questions, he would probably have aspired to Parliamentary honours. He was a warm-hearted friend and a companion full of charm; no gathering could be dull where he was present. Early in the war he was gazetted to a Battalion of the Middlesex Regt., in which he rose to be a Captain. Last July he was awarded the Croix de Guerre (1st Class) for conspicuous gallantry in the field. He was killed instantaneously—shot through the heart—on Sept. 15th while leading his company to the assault.' (Malvernian, Dec 1916).