G Social

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The grave of Laurence Garnett at Brandhoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, June 2015

The grave of Laurence Garnett at Brandhoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

7th June 1917

Laurence Garnett, G Social 1905. Lt, 100th Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action, Battle of Messines Ridge

He played for the Cricket and Soccer XIs and represented the school at fencing.  He went to Brasenose College, Oxford.  In 1912, he emigrated to Canada, but returned on the outbreak of the War.

His elder brother was killed at Kut-el-Amara in 1915.

Aged 26

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Lt Laurence Garnett, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of Messines Ridge

Lt Laurence Garnett, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of Messines Ridge

Eric Lambert, MC, D Social 1896. Lt, 8th Bn, Yorkshire Regt.  Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

At school he was a Prefect and played for the Cricket and Soccer X1s.  After school, from 1904-9, he worked as a merchant with companies in Yokohama and Kobe, Japan, and then in electrical engineering in Kobe from 1910.

Aged 34

Eric Lambert. Radley College Prefects, 1901

Eric Lambert. Radley College Prefects, 1901

The grave of Eric Lambert at Railway Dugouts. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Eric Lambert at Railway Dugouts. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

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1st June 1917

Norcliffe Gilpin, G Social 1887. Lt, Royal Defence Corps.  Died of pneumonia at the Military Hospital, Tidworth

He worked as a timber merchant and then as Clerk to London County Council. The Royal Defence Corps was founded in 1916 It was initially formed by converting the (Home Service) Garrison battalions of infantry regiments. Garrison battalions were composed of soldiers either too old or medically unfit for active front-line service; the Home Service status indicated they were unable to be transferred overseas. The role of the corps was to provide troops for security and guard duties inside the United Kingdom; guarding important locations such as ports or bridges. It also provided independent companies for guarding prisoner-of-war camps. The corps was never intended to be employed on overseas service.

Aged 44

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14th May 1917

Alfred Mark Wardlaw, G Social 1881. Major, 9th Bn, Royal Sussex Regt.  Died at home in Sussex as a result of wounds sustained in March 1917

At school he was a Prefect, played for the Soccer XI and rowed for the VIII.  After school, he became a career soldier with the Royal Sussex Regiment, achieving the rank of Captain.  He retired in 1900.  He returned to active service in 1914, with the rank of Acting Major.

He married Alfreda, daughter of Major-General Chapman in 1894.  She died in 1914.  He added the surname ‘Wardlaw’ to his family name of ‘Mark’ in 1895.

His ashes are in Golders Green Crematorium. His shield still hangs in Hall.

Aged 49

The shield of AP Mark (aft. Wardlaw) in Radley College Hall

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Captain Hunt's grave at Warlincourt Halte Cemetery.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Captain Hunt’s grave at Warlincourt Halte Cemetery. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

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12th April 1917

Claude Hunt, G Social 1901. Captain, Royal Field Artillery.  Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

After school, he worked on the Stock Exchange.  He emigrated to Canada in 1912.  He is listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as a Staff Captain, attached to XVIII Corps HQ, but this is not confirmed.  He was Mentioned in Despatches. He married in 1916.

Aged 30

Captain Claude Hunt, Royal Field Artillery.  Died of wounds, 12th April 1917

Captain Claude Hunt, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds, 12th April 1917

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4th April 1917

John Egerton-Leigh, G Social 1890. Captain, 10th Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action at Metz-en-Couture, during the German Retreat to the Hindenberg Line

He was a career soldier from 1897, serving in the Second South African War until 1902. He then went out to Canada as a farmer until the outbreak of WW1 in 1914.

He went to France in July 1915, and served on the Ypres Salient February to July, 1916, being wounded at Ypres. He afterwards served on the Somme, was at the taking of Guillemont, and was again wounded there, being mentioned in despatches January 4th, 1917. After he was wounded at Ypres he carried in his sergeant, who was also wounded. Finding him too heavy he came in for assistance. and went out again himself in spite of a very nasty rifle fire, and brought him in. He died leading his Company into action. After being wounded once he persevered until a bullet killed him outright. He was buried close to where he fell, just south of Metz-en-Couture and some ten miles from Cambrai.

Aged 41

Capt John Egerton-Leigh. kia 4 April 1917

Capt John Egerton-Leigh. kia 4 April 1917

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3rd April 1917

John O’Beirne, G Social 1907. Lt, 25th Sqn, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action on photographic reconnaissance

After school, he trained as a mining engineer. He had just finished his three years’ training at the School of Mining, Camborne, when war broke out. He joined the Special Reserve of Officers in September, 1915, and went to the front but was invalided home after the first battle of Ypres. Later he went to Sandhurst and received a commission in the regiment, joined the R.F.C., and went to the front in May, 1916.

Aged 23

His brother, Arthur, G Social 1901, was killed in July 1917

John O'Beirne, Lt, RFC.  kia April 1917

John O’Beirne, Lt, RFC. kia April 1917

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The grave of Vivian Fanning at Munich Trench Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Vivian Fanning at Munich Trench Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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Battle of the Somme

14th November, 1916. Vivian Fanning. G Social, 1911. Capt., 2nd Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. Killed in action at Beaumont Hamel.

After school, he went to Sandhurst to train for a military career. He received his commission in June 1915 and was promoted to Captain in June 1916. He went to the Front in August 1916. His colonel wrote to his father:

His captain had been killed, and he was commanding his company, which he did right well. I offer you the deepest sympathy of all his brother officers. We feel we have lost one of the best of comrades, and the men do too.

At his death, Vivian was the younger of two brothers. His father later married again and had a third son, Peter, born five years after Vivian’s death. Peter was killed in World War 2. A joint memorial to the brothers is outside Radley College Chapel.

Aged 19

Vivian Fanning.  Captain, 2nd Bn, Ox & Bucks LI.  kia at Beaumont Hamel

Vivian Fanning. Captain, 2nd Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. kia at Beaumont Hamel

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Battle of the Somme

10th October 1916. John Raikes. G Social, 1910. 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. Killed in action.

John Raikes was one of the most promising mathematicians to have been educated at Radley for many years. He came to the School as the Heathcote Mathematical Scholar and left it having won a Mathematical Exhibition to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He joined up before he could take his place at Oxford.

As an athlete, he was a cross-country runner who ran second in the School mile:

He bore a spotless character, and he had a keen sense and appreciation of the humorous, and the recollection of the twinkle in his eye is abiding. On the intellectual side he deserves more than a passing notice. Besides helping his Social to gain the Croome casket in 1913, he must always be remembered with honour as being the first Radleian for very very many years to win a Mathematical distinction at the University. His future there was full of promise, but he at once answered his Country’s call and fell as a very gallant gentleman

Aged 20

 

His uncle, Frederick Raikes, died in Mesopotamia in 1917.

He was at Oxford Prep School and is commemorated on their War Memorial

John Raikes, 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

John Raikes, 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

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Battle of the Somme

7th October 1916. Walter Birch. G Social, 1905. Capt., 6th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. Killed in action at Le Sars.

Walter Birch was a superb sportsman who represented the school at cricket, soccer and Fives. After Radley he went to Oriel College, Oxford. At the outbreak of the War he enlisted in the City of London Territorials. He obtained a commission in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry in August, 19I4. He went to France in May, 1915, but was wounded in the following August, losing the sight of one eye. He was mentioned in dispatches on January 1916. He went out to the Front again in September 1916.

His major wrote:

He was killed in action leading his company with the greatest gallantry. He was a fearless officer, and when he was shot he was right ahead of his company and leading them splendidly, and was a fine example. Just before reaching the German trench he was slightly hit by a machine-gun bullet and fell into a shell-hole. On attempting to rise a sniper must have seen him, and shot him in the head.

Aged 25

Walter Birch, Captain, 6th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. kia Battle of the Somme

Walter Birch, Captain, 6th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. kia Battle of the Somme

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13th September 1916

Richard Brodie-James. G Social, 1908. Lt, 9th Bn, East Lancashire Regt.Killed in action in Greece.

Richard Brodie-James was killed near Macukovo in Greece. His name is recorded on the Doiran Memorial. He was Mentioned in Despatches. The letter from his colonel to his parents says:

Your son was as gallant, cool, and capable an officer as I have met in my 32 years’ soldiering. . . . He is a loss to the regiment and the Army, for his quickness and ability were much above the average. We were all proud of him, and the men speak of him enthusiastically. In the list of recommendations for recognition which I have just sent in your son’s name stands first. Living or dead he deserves the tribute – and more.

Aged 23

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Henry Skinner. A Social, 1910. Private, 1/4th Bn, London Scottish. Died of wounds, Battle of the Somme.

Henry Skinner was one of very few Radleians who enlisted as a Private.

He went from Radley to Abingdon School and from there to Jesus College, Cambridge, where his grandfather was a fellow.

Aged 21

Richard Brodie-James, Lt, 9th Bn, East Lancashire Regt. kia in Greece

Richard Brodie-James, Lt, 9th Bn, East Lancashire Regt. kia in Greece

Henry Skinner, Private, 1/14th Bn, London Scottish. Died of wounds, Battle of the Somme

Henry Skinner, Private, 1/14th Bn, London Scottish. Died of wounds, Battle of the Somme