Malvern College Second World War Casualties

Statue of St George which is inscribed 'To Our Brothers', and memorial in the Ante-Chapel.

The following is a list with biographies of the 248 people who attended Malvern College and died due to the Second World War. There is also a corresponding page commemorating the 459 casualties in the First World War.

The fallen are commemorated at Malvern with the statue of St. George, which is inscribed 'To Our Brothers', and the names themselves are written on a marble memorial in the Ante-Chapel.
After the Phoney war had ended, there was not a month from May 1940 to May 1945, that an Old Malvernian did not lose their life, though unlike the First World War there were not major spikes in losses on a particular day or month.
5 were killed in the Battle of Dunkirk at the end of May 1940, and 4 during the Battle of Britain between July and October 1940.
3 OMs lost their lives during the Blitz between September 1940 and May 1941.
21 lost their lives in the Western Desert Campaign between June 1940 to February 1943 with 5 buried at El Alamein War Cemetery and 6 commemorated at the Alamein Memorial.
4 were killed during the Allied invasion of Sicily between July and August 1943, and 5 at the Battle of Monte Cassino between January and May 1944 with 8 commemorated at the Cassino Memorial And Cemetery.
8 were killed after the D-Day landings during Operation Overlord between June and August 1944, and 2 in Operation Market Garden in September 1944.
In South-East Asia, 2 were killed during the Japanese-Thai occupation of Malaya between Dec 1941 and Jan 1942, 4 were killed during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in February 1942, and 7 were killed during the Burma Campaign between 1942 and 1945.
Most (97) OMs served in the R.A.F. with many in Bomber Command. 22 are commemorated at Runnymede Memorial as they have no known grave.
14 served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, 5 in the Royal Navy, 31 in the Royal Artillery, and 4 in the Royal Tank Regiment, with the remainder disbursed among 75 other units.

George Chesterton in the Remembrance Day Service of 2009, having described the lives and loss of five of his friends, reflected:
'Some of these brave men have no known grave, but we must remember them, along with all the tens of thousands of others, who gave their lives for their homelands and their friends. It is thanks to them that all of us sit in this Chapel, from a wide variety of countries and backgrounds and are able to sit together in security and friendship.'

The information below is based on 'The Malvern College Register, Second Supplement, 1949' edited for the Malvernian Society by F. W. Roberts, the 'The Malvernian' school magazine, and 'Malvern College: A 150th Anniversary Portrait' by Roy Allen.
Further information was also obtained from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, the Unit War Diaries held at the National Archives in Kew, and various online commemorative websites whose links have been provided.

Below is a map showing the locations of the 126 cemeteries where Old Malvernians are buried or commemorated in. The markers are coloured yellow for one casualty, orange for between 2 and 4, and red for 5 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 can be seen by clicking on 'Further Info'.

The records can be filtered and/or sorted by surname, house, age, regiment, date, place etc by clicking on the appropriate drop down box and then the 'Search' button below the map.


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Tpr. Laurence Stopford Llewelyn Cotter
House: Sch, 1926 - 1929. Regiment: Royal Tank Regt.
Died: 10 July 1943 aged 30 in Sicily. Killed in action.
Battle: Allied invasion of Sicily: July–August 1943. Cemetery: Cassino Memorial And Cemetery Panel 1.

Son of Sir J. L. C., Bt., Kencott, Lechlade, Glos.
44th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
'Sicily 10 July 1943. D Day.
0615 - Tulo party leave HMT Orontes.
0715 - Tulo party receive following casualties by shell fire on landing - Captain Connor MC & Bar & KP Hoare - missing believed killed, Lt HH Gush - wounded, 2 OR's missing believed killed, 3 OR's wounded. (Cotter as a Trooper was presumably one of the ORs - other ranks - missing, believed killed).'
Unit war diary: WO 169/9373

Capt. Cave Bradford
House: 1, 1928 - 1932. Regiment: York and Lancs. Regt.
Died: 13 July 1943 in Sicily. Missing, believed killed.
Battle: Allied invasion of Sicily: July–August 1943. Cemetery: Cassino Memorial And Cemetery Panel 10.

Son of William James Bradford and Ethel Bradford, of Birklands, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, Yorkshire.
House Prefect.
1st Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment

Extract from unit war diary:
'Battle of Tenutella
13 July was the first day the Bn went into action (in Sicily) as a unit.
We advanced past Mellili Bridge towards Villasmundo.
Captain C Bradford put in an attack with 18 pl. No trace was found afterwards of Capt C Bradford.'

Unit war diary: WO 169/10310
Rotherham war memorial

Capt. Peter Thomas Gidley Withycombe
House: 3, 1930 - 1935. Regiment: R.A.
Died: 14 July 1943 aged 26 in Sicily. Killed on active service.
Battle: Allied invasion of Sicily: July–August 1943. Cemetery: Catania War Cemetery, Sicily I. A. 19.

Son of Robert Withycombe, O.B.E., and Gladys Withycombe, of Darjani, Dunster, Somerset.
Mod. Lan. VI. School Prefect. Head of House.
Pembroke College, Cambridge (3rd Cl. Med. and Mod. Lan. Trip.) M.A.
124 Field Regt. Royal Artillery.
Mentioned in Despatches.

'Fought at Sidi Barani and Karen; was wounded; rejoined and fought from El Alamein onwards till he was killed in Sicily in July.' (Malvernian, Dec 1943).

He was killed in an explosion on a recce near Carlentini.
Unit war diary: WO 169/9515

Capt. Donald Edward Young
House: Sch, 1927 - 1931. Regiment: A. and S. Highlanders.
Died: 21 July 1943 aged 29 in Sicily. Killed in action.
Battle: Allied invasion of Sicily: July–August 1943. Cemetery: Catania War Cemetery, Sicily I. D. 35.

Son of Edward and Ethel Mary Young, of Westminster, London, and Burgess Wood Cottage, Stratton Rd., Beaconsfield, Bucks.
Swimming VIII.
In business.
7th Bn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

'After a few years in business he enlisted in the London Scottish and later obtained a Commission in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a company of which he was commanding when he was killed in action in Sicily.' (Malvernian, Dec 1943)

He was killed in the Battle of Gerbini along with many other officers and men.
Unit war diary: WO 169/10173

No of records: 4. View all 248 records     First World War

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