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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Capt. Stuart Cozens-Hardy Boardman
House: Sch, 1918 - 1923. Regiment: Royal Norfolk Regt.
Died: 27 January 1942 aged 37 in Singapore. Died of wounds.
Battle: Japanese occupation of Singapore: February 1942. Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery 23. E. 18-19.

Son of Edward T. Boardman and Florence E. Boardman.
School Prefect. Football XL.
Trinity College, Cambridge. M.A. 1933. Rowed in Trial Eights.
Fruit Grower and Estate Manager.
Husband of Monica Mary Wells Boardman, of Ludham, Norfolk.
5th Bn. Royal Norfolk Regiment

'Stuart Boardman is reported missing, believed to have died of wounds in the Far East. There were few better known figures in their generation at Malvern than the Boardman twins, Humphrey and Stuart, with their fine physique and cheerful equanimity, and the same was true when they passed on to Trinity, Cambridge, and came into prominence as oarsmen both at Cambridge and Henley. Their robust health almost became a legend in the School and it was typical of this that they both passed unscathed through the devastating influenza epidemic of 1918. Stuart did not shine intellectually but by force of his transparent simplicity and good temper never made an enemy and had deservedly a host of friends. Like his brother his interests and hobbies were essentially those of the country and East Anglia, where he lived happily married and proud of his young family. It is sad and strange to think of his losing his life in circumstances so remote from the surroundings that had become a part of his nature. F.S.P.' (Malvernian, March 1942)

Capt. Herbert Baker Phillips
House: 5, 1928 - 1931. Regiment: 13th Frontier Force Rifles.
Died: 11 February 1942 aged 28 in Singapore. Missing, presumed killed in action.
Battle: Japanese occupation of Singapore: February 1942. Cemetery: Singapore Memorial Column 237.

Son of Herbert and A. M. Phillips, of Arden, Kingswood, Surrey and West Worthing, Sussex.
Swimming Colours.
Chartered Accountant in India.
1st Bn. 13th Frontier Force Rifles
Mentioned in Despatches

Vol. John Edward Harvey
House: 6, 1919 - 1923. Regiment: Straits Settlements Volunteer Force.
Died: 23 August 1942 aged 36 in Singapore. Died as prisoner of war in Japanese hands.
Battle: Japanese occupation of Singapore: February 1942. Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery 10. B. 9.

Son of Edward Key Harvey (O.M.) and Nina Jessie Harvey, 88 Colemere Ct. SW5.
Merchant in Singapore.
Husband of Constance Ermentrude Harvey, of Critchmere, Surrey.
1st (Singapore Volunteer Corps) Bn. Straits Settlements Volunteer Force

Capt. Patrick Thomas Hamp
House: 6, 1928 - 1934. Regiment: R.A.
Died: 19 January 1943 aged 27 in Singapore. Died as prisoner of war in Japanese hands.
Battle: Japanese occupation of Singapore: February 1942. Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery Coll. grave 26. D. 9 to 26.E. 20.

Son of Robin Percy and Margaret E. Hamp, of Forest Row, Sussex, and 19 Russell Rd, W14. Solicitor.
Hist VI. Burke Military Prize. School Prefect. Head of House. Cadet Officer. Cricket XI. Boxing Colours '33, '34 (Capt.). Ledbury Cap.
3 H.A.A. Regt. Royal Artillery
Previously reported P.O.W., Malaya, now reported died.

'On two separate occasions, at BATU PAHAT (in Malaysia) on 15 Jan 1942 and at AYER HITAM from 6 - 21 Jan, this officer displayed outstanding leadership in keeping his four gun section in action under heavy bombing and machine gun attacks by hostile aircraft. Later his section on its final position at ANSON ROAD sustained repeated heavy and accurate bombing attacks, which caused casualties to both men and equipment. Lt. Hamp kept his guns in action and firing accurately up to the last moment,
The high morale of this section was due in very large measure to the example of courage and steadiness under fire shown by this officer.'
MC Citation WO-373_47_185

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

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