Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut George Frederick Francis Corbet

Photo of George Frederick Francis Corbet
House and time at Malvern: No 4, 1912 - 1914.

Regiment: Welch Regt.
Died: 29 January 1916 aged 19 in United Kingdom. Died of wounds.
Cemetery: Brookwood Cemetery London 2177036

Born: 20th May 1896, 27 Longridge Road, Brompton, Kensington
Father: The Hon Frederick Hugh Mackenzie Corbet (Barrister, Honorary Executive Officer for Ceylon at the Imperial Institute in 1896, Advocate General of Madras in 1914), College Bridge House, Egmore, Madras
Mother: Eila Louise Mary Corbet formerly Campbell
Brother: Reginald Vincent Corbet who was also at Malvern and was killed in action.
Sister: Constance Eila Corbet
Education: King's College School Wimbledon 1909-1912, Malvern College 1912-1914.
Army III—II. House Prefect.
R.M.C. Sandhurst ; Welch Regt. 1915.

Address: 4 College Grounds, Gt Malvern in 1912, The Newton Hotel, Newton Porthcawl, Glamorgan at time of probate.

'He joined his Battalion at the front in Flanders in April 1915, and was immediately engaged in the second battle of Ypres. On May 9th he was very severely wounded by shrapnell in the shoulder and throat. After a series of operations, which he bore with characteristic courage and cheerfulness, he seemed to be making a good recovery, and letters from him last autumn spoke hopefully of a return to active service. In December he was attached for light duty to the 21st Middlesex Regt., but the trouble in the throat necessitated further operations, and he died in London on Jan. 29th. His happy and affectionate nature won him many friends here. We share the grief of his parents, who have lost both their sons in the war.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).

He died at 2.45am on 25th January 1916 at Lady Ridley's Hospital, 10 Carlton House Terrace where he had been periodically since June 10th 1915 after previously being in No 7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, as a result of wounds received in action from a shell wound in the neck on May 7th 1915 at Ypres.

From 1st Welsh Regiment War diary:
7th May 1915, Ypres. Arrived GHQ line in support 4am & stood to as heavy firing heard. Shelled at intervals all day.
At 10pm 'A' Coy sent out to dig & hold trench on left of NF.
8th May . Strong German attack on our trenches. Left & centre of 83rd Bde broken by concentrated shell fire, leaving right of 84th Bde exposed. Germans forced a way in & worked up 84th Bde by enfilade fire assisted by heavy bombardment in front. Bn occupied GHQ line
9th May In GHQ lines. Very heavy shelling 3-5pm but very few casualties.

The dedication on the book 'Tell England' by Ernest Raymond reads as follows:
'To the Memory of Reginald Vincent Campbell Corbet who fell, while a boy, in the East and George Frederick Francis Corbet who passed, while a boy, in the West is affectionately dedicated what little is best in this book, nothing else in it being worthy of them. '

Ref: Invision Zone forum

Service record: WO 339/2697

War Diary 1 Welch Regiment: WO-95-2277-4

Wikipedia: Tell England

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