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.
Son of A. J. H. Snushall, Cotsford, Solihull.
Sci. V. House Prefect
1st Wing The Glider Pilot Regiment, A.A.C.
Wounded and missing at Arnhem.
Died Between 18/09/1944 and 25/09/1944
Son of Charles Inman Smyth and Jessie Smyth, Wood Leys, Finchfield, Wolverhampton.
Army VI. School Prefect. Head of House.
Husband of Elspeth Elizabeth Geddes Smyth, of Farnham, Surrey.
South Wales Borderers Cdg. 10th Bn. The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C.
Died of wounds, Apeldoorn Hospital, Holland.
'Lt—Col Kenneth Bowes Inman SMYTH, South Wales Borderers, held the position of GSO.I, Airborne Forces, GHQ MEF from 23 Mar 42 until assuming Command of 10 Bn.; the Parachute Regt on 6 Dec 1942. During that time, with painstaking care and much foresight, he did almost unaided the preliminary work necessary for the formation of 4 Parachute Bde in Jan 1943. This involved not, only care and forethought in the planning for the provision of equipment, whether from U.K. or manufactured locally, but much experimental work on the modification of aircraft and existing equipment. When experiments on live dropping were in progress, Lt-Col SMYTH usually made the first jumps himself. It would have been scarce possible to constitute a parachute formation in the Middle East with such speed without the devoted preliminary work of Lt—Col SMYTH. '
OBE Citation WO-373_77_81
Unit war diary for 1944 (except October): WO 171/1243
Book: Paperback and Kindle at Amazon epub