Malvern College Second World War Casualty

Capt. Richard St. Chad Arkwright

House and time at Malvern: 9, 1923 - 1927.

Regiment: R.M..
Died: 07 October 1939 aged 30 in China.
Cemetery: Colombo (Kanatte) General Cemetery Plot 6B. Row M. Grave 10.

Son of the Revd. Hubert Seymour Arkwright, B.A., and Evelyn Arkwright, of Peppard Ho., Peppard, Oxfordshire
Army V. Gale Entomology Prize. School Prefect.
H.M.S. Cornwall. Royal Marines
'On 5 October 1939, a month after the start of World War II, H.M.S. Cornwall was assigned to Force I to hunt for German commerce raiders in the Indian Ocean and spent most of the rest of the year there'.

Extract from Ship's Log of HMS Cornwall:
'7th October 1939.
At anchor, Colombo, Graving Dock.
Richard St Chad Arhwright, 30 yrs 3.5 months, Capt R.M. Nationality, English. Last place of abode, Peppard Ho, Peppard, Oxon.
Died of Heart failure and congestion of the lungs following an operation for acute appendicitis, ashore today.'

A funeral party left the ship to go ashore at 9.15am the day after and the ship's colours were set to half mast.
Ship's Log, National archives: ADM 53/108099

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