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 459 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the First World War. Altogether 2,833 are known to have served.
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, 125 2nd Lieutenants, 114 Lieutenants, 26 Majors, and 15 Lieutenant Colonels.
22 received the MC, 5 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, '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 240 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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2nd Lieut James Elliot Balfour-Melville
House: No 5 1896 - 1901. Regiment: Black Watch.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 33 in France. Killed in action at Loos.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 78-83

Born 9th July 1882. Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh and 4 Thistle Court, Edinburgh.
Upper IV—V. School Prefect. XI Football 1898-1900 (captain) ; XI Cricket.
Oriel College, Oxford ; B.A. 1906 ; played Association Football v. Cambridge 1902-05 (captain) ;
Chartered Accountant.
Address: 3 Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh
3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders).
He was shot by a sniper after successfully leading his men through several enemy trenches. A fellow officer wrote that “to have got his men together and reached to such a point is a feat of gallantry and dash beyond all praise.”

He played football for Oxford University, captaining the side in 1905. A talented cricketer, he kept wicket for Scotland. He was a chartered accountant.

Service record: WO 339/4981
Surrey in the Great War

2nd Lieut Harry Wittenbury Bone
House: No 1 1911 - 1913. Regiment: South Staffordshire Regt..
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 19 in France. Killed in action at Loos.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 73-76

Born 10th June 1896, Tamworth, The Common, Mitcham, Surrey
Son of Henry Peters Bone (Member of the stock exchange) and Lilian Maude Bone formerly Watney, of 5, Hamilton Mansions, Hove, Sussex, and 28 Adelaide Crescent, Hove.
Upper IV B—Science II.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regt. 1915.

Brother: Cyril Bone (age 11)

Service record: WO 339/42473

Major Ronald Erskine Wilford Maxwell
House: No 4 1901 - 1905. Regiment: Kings Own Scottish Borderers.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 29 in France. Killed in action at Loos.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos British Cemetery XV11 E 18

Son of R. W. Maxwell, c/o Grindlay & Co. b. 1886.
Shell—Lower VI. School Prefect. Ledbury Cap.
Exeter College, Oxford ; B.A. 1909 ; King's Own Scottish Borderers 1908 ; Captain 1915. Great War (overseas), with 6th Batt.
Killed in action at Loos, September 25, 1915.

Captain Patrick Hallam Murray
House: No 2 1905 - 1909. Regiment: Royal Field Artillery.
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 24 in France. Killed in action near Neuve Chapelle.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 3

Son of H. Murray, CLE., Morleys, Henfield, Sussex, b. 1891.
Army III—I. School Prefect. Head of House. XI Cricket; XI Football. Cadet Officer.
R.M.A. Woolwich; R.F.A. 1911 ; Captain 1915.
Great War, killed in action at Neuve Chapelle, September 25,1915; Despatches (2).

Lieutenant Evan John Richardson
House: No 1 1903 - 1905. Regiment: Yorkshire Regt..
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 27 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial P 44/45

Son of J. Richardson, 94 Sydney Place, Bath. b. 1888.
Army IV—II.
Yorkshire Regt. 1908; Lieutenant 1911.
Great War, killed in action September 25, 1915.

2nd Lieut Lancelot Andrews Vidal
House: Sch 1901 - 1906. Regiment: Ox & Bucks Light Inf..
Died: 25 September 1915 aged 28 in France. Killed in action at Givenchy.
Battle: Battle of Loos. Cemetery: Loos Memorial Panel 83 to 85.

3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn.
Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Surname shows as Vidall in the cwgc website.

No of records: 6