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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

30 October 1914. Today we remember two Radleians who fell in the First Battle of Ypres:  Spencer Railston and Roger Schunck.

Spencer Railston, G Social 1902. Lt, 4th Irish Dragoon Guards

Railston ‘lost his life in a gallant attempt to bring in a wounded peasant woman, who in very heavy village fighting had got between the British and the German lines. Lieut. Railston left his cover to do this, and was immediately killed by many bullets from a Maxim battery.’

‘He was at home on leave from India when war was declared, and got attached to the 4th Dragoon Guards. He received his commission in 1907. and his step in 1909.    He was one of the many good all-round sportsmen who have given their lives for their country-a very fine horseman, a good polo player, and big game shot, and at one time champion light-weight boxer of India.’ (Radleian obituary)

Spencer Railston, Lt, 4th Bn, Irish Dragoon Guards. kia 1st Battle of Ypres, 30 October 1914

Spencer Railston, Lt, 4th Bn, Irish Dragoon Guards. kia 1st Battle of Ypres, 30 October 1914

Roger Schunck, 2nd Lt, Royal West Surrey Regt. kia 1st Battle of Ypres, 30 October 1914

Roger Schunck, 2nd Lt, Royal West Surrey Regt. kia 1st Battle of Ypres, 30 October 1914

Roger Schunck, G Social 1898. 2nd Lt, Royal West Surrey Regt. Killed in action near Gheluvelt. At school he played for the Soccer XI.  After school he became a merchant with his family’s firm in Manchester
The grave of Roger Schunck in Ypres Town Cemetery.  Photgraphed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Roger Schunck in Ypres Town Cemetery. Photgraphed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015