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

Lt-Col. Robert George Cracroft
House: Sch, 1923 - 1928. Regiment: Royal Tank Regt.
Died: 13 August 1944 aged 34 in France. Killed in action in Normandy.
Battle: Operation Overlord: June – August 1944. Cemetery: Ranville War Cemetery IV. B. 17.

Son of Colonel Hugh Cracroft, R.A.S.C., and of Georgina Cracroft (nee Stevenson), The Garth, Combe Down, Bath.
House Prefect.
Husband of Helen Elizabeth Cracroft, of Shaldon, Devon.
148th (9th Bn. The Loyal Regt. [North Lancashire]) Regt.
Royal Armoured Corps

'By his devotion to duty and gallantry throughout the action on the 21st May 1940, south of ARRAS, he showed a very good example to others. On one occasion, having noticed some German infantry in position in a hollow supported by A.T. guns, he gathered together such ‘I’ Tanks as were available on the spot - 3 in number, and personally led the attack.
He was mounted in a Light Tank which is thin skinned and vulnerable, to A.T Gun fire. With utter disregard to his safety he dashed amongst the enemy, the majority of whom were killed, and their vehicles which included armoured reconnaissance cars, were destroyed. On another occasion, after the remnants of the battalion were in a position of readiness to assist our infantry in the event of a counter attack, he personally organised the attack, successfully resisting an encounter with German Tanks (one at least of which was a heavy type) which resulted with the withdrawal of the enemy.
This measure was carried out during a heavy enemy air attack, which made Captain Cracroft’s task very difficult.'
MC Citation: WO-373_15_16

Personal tribute in The Times:— Many of his friends at home and indeed all those who knew Robert Cracroft's worth must be thinking of him to-day, for his was a personality that stood out head and shoulders among his fellows. His last duty before the present campaign in France began was performed as a G.S.O. instructor at the Staff College. Here he was surrounded by officers, teachers, and students alike, all of them picked out from their fellows as having attainments above the average, but, even in that high company, it is no exaggeration to say that he showed himself a very pattern of the finest type of British regimental officer and one of which the old British Regular Army might well be proud. He combined with great charm of manner a quick brain, a strong character, determination, and ideals. Had he been spared, he might well have gone far in the Army as a leader of men.

Major Robert Blyth Fleming
House: Sch, 1921 - 1926. Regiment: Royal Tank Regt.
Died: 10 July 1944 aged 36 in France. Killed in action.
Battle: Operation Overlord: June – August 1944. Cemetery: St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux VIII. H. 8.

Son of Robert Alexander Douglas and Ethel Mildred Fleming, Hawley House, Blackwater.
School Prefect.
Husband of Marjorie Ethel Fleming, of Farnborough, Hampshire.
7th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.

Major Fleming was killed along with 4 others on Hill 112 near Eterville. 9 Tigers and Panthers knocked out. 8 Churchills k/o.
Unit war diary: WO 171/868
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Lieut. Reginald Latimer Willson
House: 2, 1934 - 1938. Regiment: Royal Tank Regt.
Died: 11 December 1944 aged 23 in Greece. Killed on active service in Athens.
Cemetery: Phaleron War Cemetery 17. C. 6.

Son of Albert Reginald and Nora Margaret Willson, of Queen's Bank, Hertford.
House Prefect.
Inns of Court, 1940.
50th Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C.
Served in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Killed in Athens, Dec. 1944.

He was shot through the back whilst on the steps of a hospital which was in enemy hands.
Unit war diary: WO 170/864

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

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