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'.

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Lieut. John Brett Davey
House: Sch, 1932 - 1934. Regiment: Cheshire Regt.
Died: 21 January 1944 aged 25 in Italy. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of Monte Cassino: January–May 1944. Cemetery: Minturno War Cemetery III, B, 5.

Son of Lt.-Col. Charles William Brett Davey and Patricia Davey, of Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, and of Brandon, Wetherby, Acomb, Yorks.
7th Bn. Cheshire Regiment

Unit war diary: WO 170/1377

Lieut. George Richard Stokes-Roberts
House: 7, 1936 - 1941. Regiment: Grenadier Guards.
Died: 22 January 1944 aged 21 in Italy. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of Monte Cassino: January–May 1944. Cemetery: Minturno War Cemetery IV, J, 22.

Son of Arthur Edward and Evelyn Winifred Stokes-Roberts, of Red Walls, Stratford-on-Avon.
Serv. V. House Prefect.
6th Bn. Grenadier Guards

'During the advance to Battipaglia on 10 Sept 43 this officer’s company was ordered to attack an enemy position. He led his platoon with outstanding dash and leadership and successfully captured his objective destroying a A.Tk gun and capturing PWs. Three half tracked armd vehicles then appeared which he engaged with small arms fire and forced to retire. The position has not been finally reorganised when the enemy attacked with tanks. Again this officer showed complete disregard for his own personal safety moving about in the open organising the withdrawal of his pl which was accomplished in good order to a position already assigned to him. During the whole action he showed leadership of the highest order and exceptional devotion to duty.'
MC Citation WO-373_4_238

He was killed by a Mortar Bomb near Trimonsuoli.
Unit war diary: WO 170/1351

Lieut. Gordon Ellis Fisher Turner
House: Sch, 1931 - 1935. Regiment: Royal West Kent Regt.
Died: 29 January 1944 aged 26 in Italy. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of Monte Cassino: January–May 1944. Cemetery: Sangro River War Cemetery II. E. 28.

Son of Edward Ellis Turner, C.S.I., I.P., and Jannette Fisher Turner, of Newton Abbot, Devon, and 26 Bishopsgate, EC2.
School Prefect. Football XI.
6th Bn. Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment

He had just joined the battalion and was fatally injured by stepping on a mine while on a recce near to his company area near Casoli.
Unit war diary: WO 170/1421

Major William Anthony Warren
House: 3, 1921 - 1924. Regiment: R. Berks. Regt.
Died: 28 February 1944 aged 36 in Italy. Killed in action.
Battle: Battle of Monte Cassino: January–May 1944. Cemetery: Cassino Memorial And Cemetery Panel 9.

Son of Dr. Alfred Castle Warren and Sabina Warren, of Crowthorne, Berkshire, and 41 Lansdowne Rd., W11.
Army I. House Prefect.
Sandhurst.
10th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

He was killed in severe hand to hand fighting at 0430 on 28 Feb 1944 at Anzio La Cogna.
Unit war diary: WO 170/1365

Capt. Richard Leonard Wood
House: 4, 1909 - 1914. Regiment: R.A.S.C.
Died: 06 March 1944 aged 48 in Italy. Died in hospital.
Battle: Battle of Monte Cassino: January–May 1944. Cemetery: Bari War Cemetery II. D. 38.

Son of Richard Aubrey and Ada Constance Wood.
House Prefect.
London University.
Husband of Peggy Wood, of Saffron Walden, Essex.
In business in Birmingham. Journalist abroad. Proprietor of the Talbot Press.
1st Gt War, Private, Middlesex Regt. Capt., M.G.C.
2nd Gt War, Capt., 263 Gen. Transport Coy. Royal Army Service Corps


No of records: 5. View all 248 records     First World War


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