Malvern College First World War Casualty

Captain Christopher Bethell

Photo of Christopher Bethell
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1898 - 1901.

Regiment: Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Died: 20 February 1916 aged 32 in France. Killed in action at Armentieres.
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Armentieres IX F 81

Born: 27 Dec 1884, Poonah, Bombay, India. Son of Col. Edward Hugh Bethell, of 18, Hyde Park Square, London, W.2., and the late Mrs. Bethell.
Upper IV—Middle V. Minor Scholar.
Trinity College, Cambridge; Jun. Opt. 1907; B.A., LL.B. (Second Class Law Tripos, Part II) 1908; President of the Cambridge Union Society 1908; Barrister, Inner Temple, 1909; worked for many years at Cambridge House, Camberwell.

Applied on 15 Aug 1914. Private Coldstream Guards 1914.
10th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.
Mentioned in Despatches.

'He was a boy of considerable ability with tastes out of the common. His health prevented him from gaining any prominence in out-of-door pursuits, but his quick humour and merry disposition gained him many friends. After a not undistinguished career at Cambridge, he was called to the Bar, but devoted all his energies to philanthropic work at Cambridge House, Camberwell, for some years. On the outbreak of the war he enlisted in the Coldstream Guards, and finished a three months' recruits course; he then accepted a commission in the 10th Yorkshire Light Infantry, and was promoted Captain last August before the Battalion embarked. He was killed in Flanders on February 20th.' (Malvernian, Mar 1916).

Service record:WO 339/18086