Malvern College First World War Casualties

Statue of St George which is inscribed 'To Our Brothers', and oak panel memorial inside the chapel.

The following is a list with biographies of the 462 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War. Altogether 2,833 are known to have served. There is also a corresponding page commemorating the 248 casualties in the Second World War.
There was not a month from August 1914 to November 1918 that an Old Malvernian did not become a casualty, with 6 killed on the first day of the Battle of Loos on the 25th September 1915 and 13 killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme on the 1st July 1916.
The vast majority of casualties occurred in France and Belgium with 31 names recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres, and 23 at Thiepval. There were also 23 casualties in Turkey due to the Gallipoli Campaign, and 16 in Iraq, including 2 near Kut.
They were in a wide range of regiments including 26 in the Royal Field Artillery, 13 in the Royal Engineers, 12 in the Worcestershire Regt, 11 in the Canadian Inf, 11 in the East Kent Regt (The Buffs), and 5 in the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force.
Most were officers with 133 Captains, 126 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
29 received the MC, 10 the DSO and 1 the DCM, as well as 3 knighthoods (the CB, CMG, and MVO).

The information below is based primarily on the memorial books held at Malvern College which Ian Quickfall, and now Paul Godsland, the Malvernian Society archivists, have arranged to be digitised with the official memorial web site still in development.
Further information was also obtained from 'The Malvern College Register 1865-1924' edited by H.G.C Salmon, 'The Malvernian' school magazine, 'A History of Malvern College 1865 to 1965' by Ralph Blumenau, and 'Malvern College: A 150th Anniversary Portrait' by Roy Allen.
Information was also obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, the Unit War Diaries and Service Records held at the National Archives in Kew, and various online commemorative websites whose links have been provided.

The main battles have tried to be identified in which Old Malvernians died in. Many though were killed in the general attrition of Trench Warfare which is so vividly described in the book 'Nothing of Importance' by Bernard Adams.

Below is a map showing the locations of the 246 cemeteries where Old Malvernians are buried or commemorated in. The markers are coloured yellow for one casualty, orange for between 2 and 9, and red for 10 or more. The name of the cemetery and number of casualties can be seen by hovering over the marker, and the list of names seen by clicking on the marker. Their full biographies and pictures can be seen by clicking on 'Further Info'.

The records can be filtered and/or sorted by name, house, age, regiment, battle, date, place etc by clicking on the appropriate drop down box and then the 'Search' button below the map. The original memorial book entry can be seen by clicking on the person's picture.

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Photo of Thomas Noel Fox
2nd Lieut Thomas Noel Fox
House: No 4, 1910 - 1914. Regiment: Somerset Light Inf.
Died: 12 December 1918 aged 22 in Bulgaria. Died of bronchial pneumonia.
Cemetery: Sofia War Cemetery III C 7

Born 19th Dec 1896. Son of James Charles Fox (Rector of Abbas and Temple Coombe) and Mabel Harriet Anne Fox, Templecombe Rectory, Somerset.
Upper IV B - Lower Modern I. House Prefect.
Great War, 2nd Lieutenant 9th Somerset L.I; attd. 79th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry).

'He obtained a commission in the 9th Battalion, Somerset L.I., immediately after leaving School, in January 1915, but was transferred a year later to the Machine-Gun Corps, and completed his training at Grantham. In July 1916 he was attached to the 26th Division at Salonica, and served for two years in the trenches between the Vardar and Lake Doiran. He came home on leave last August, and was on his way to re-join his unit in Bulgaria, when, after experiencing bitter weather in the mountains, he contracted pneumonia, and died on December 12th. He was buried at Roustchouk. A capital straightforward, manly boy, he proved himself a keen officer, cheerful under whatever conditions, and was beloved by his men.' (Malvernian, Feb 1919).

14 Jan 1915 to 30 Jun 1916 - 1st Appointment.
1 Jul 1916 to 30 Sep 1918 - Somerset Light Infantry.
1 Oct 1918 to 12 Dec 1918 - Machine Gun Corps.
6th Nov 1918. Arrived in Salonika.
12th Dec 1918. Died of bronchial pneumonia at No 79 Field Ambulance, Salonika.
War Memorial, St. Mary's Church, Templecombe, Somerset

Service record:WO 374/25397


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