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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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Battle of Passchendaele / 3rd Battle of Ypres


23rd August 1917

Alick Blyth

James Wilson

Maurice Mowbray

Alick Blyth's name on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Alick Blyth’s name on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of James Wilson at Lijssenthoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of James Wilson at Lijssenthoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Maurice Mowbrary at The Huts. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Maurice Mowbrary at The Huts. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Alick Blyth, H Social 1910. Senior Prefect, Captain of Cricket and Radley’s first Captain of Rugby

He was killed in action on the Ypres front on Aug. 23rd, 1917, aged 20. His Company Commander writes:

Our battalion was in support, but he was detailed for a special job in the line. There was a strong point called Pond Farm giving a lot of trouble. We had taken it once, but had lost it and were going for it again. Both the D Company officers had been killed, and the remnants of the Company were going over with the attacking party without an officer. Blyth at once went to the Colonel in charge of the attack and insisted on taking this Company over, which he did. The place was captured, but he was sniped through the head. This place was held by Prussians, and had before resisted seven attacks.” Those who knew him are not surprised to hear that he died so gallantly, and that “his Platoon was easily the best in the battalion.” The same officer adds that “he was nearly always ill, but would never go sick, but kept hanging on.”

Blyth had a career full of promise at Radley. Like Geoffrey Adams, whom he succeeded as Senior Prefect for one term, he combined a variety of gifts. He won the Gibbs. Heathcote, and James Scholarships in successive years, 1913-1915. and the Worsley Prize in 1915. In this year he also won a Classical Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was in the Cricket Xl in 1915. and played a fine innings against Sherborne; and in the XV in 1914 and 1915. captaining it in the latter year. He was also a keen lover of literature and of nature, especially of birds, moths and butterflies. With these gifts and tastes he combined a character of unassuming gentleness, thoughtfulness, and charm, which gained him a multitude of friends.

His mother gave all the flowers for Chapel for the first Armistice Day service.

Aged 20

 

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Alick Blyth. Radley College Rugby XV, 1914

Alick Blyth. Radley College Rugby XV, 1914

Radley College Senior Prefects, 1915-1918: Adams, Blyth and Cancellor all died in WW1

Radley College Senior Prefects, 1915-1918: Adams, Blyth and Cancellor all died in WW1

James Studholme Wilson, MC, E Social 1900. Captain, Ox & Bucks LI, Royal Army Medical Corps

He qualified as a surgeon at the London Hospital.  He married in 1912 and had one son who was awarded one of the War Memorial Scholarships to come to Radley.  The family still maintain their connection with the school.

How much we shall all miss him you can perhaps understand better than I can tell you. He was hit early in the evening, but insisted on going on with his work for six hours after he was wounded. Our admiration for his gallantry and devotion to duty knows no bounds. His name will be a lasting and inspiring memory to the officers and men of this battalion. Two of the stretcher-bearers from his aid post who were with him when he died revisited the site in 1930.  They wrote a poem about the incident entitled ‘The Pilgrimage’.  This was discovered by the descendants of one of them in the 2000s. An excerpt was published in the Old Radleian in 2008.

  1. Citation for the Military Cross. Lieut. J. E. S. Wilson, R.A.M.C. He went up to the front line from his Aid Post through a very heavy barrage, in order to assist the wounded. By his pluck and skill he undoubtedly saved many lives. He afterwards controlled the evacuation of the casualties under heavy fire.

Aged 31

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Caotain James Wilson, MC. Royal Army Medical Corps

Caotain James Wilson, MC. Royal Army Medical Corps

Maurice Mowbray, MC, F Social 1910. Lt, 89th Field Company, Royal Engineers.  Killed in action

2016 Citation for the Military Cross. 2nd Lieut. M. C. Mowbray, R.E.

For conspicuous gallantry and determination, notably when consolidating a crater. His work was destroyed four times during the night by shell and trench mortar fire. He kept his party together, and displayed an utter disregard of personal safety.

After school, he trained with the Royal Engineers at Woolwich, intending a military career: He was absolutely fearless and very capable, and his men would follow him anywhere; if only he had been spared he would have done well in the service.

Aged 21

Lt Maurice Mowbray, MC. Killed at Passchendaele

Lt Maurice Mowbray, MC. Killed at Passchendaele

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Clive Moore's name on the Arras Memorial.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Clive Moore’s name on the Arras Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

15th August 1917. Clive Moore, H Social 1910. Lt, 43rd Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Missing in action on 15th August 1917, death confirmed in June 1918

He left Radley just as the war broke out, and took a commission in the Royal Fusiliers. Although he loved the life when training, eventually after serving in France, he transferred to the R.F.C.  He was reported missing on Aug. 15th, and it is now believed that he has been killed, as no news has been received of him since that date.

He was developing into a very strong and capable man, but it was more especially in his straightness of character that he made- his mark amongst all with whom he came into contact.

Aged 20

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Third Battle of Ypres – Passchendaele

31st July 1917. Walter Jessopp, H Social 1909. Lt, Machine Gun Corps.  Killed in action, Passchendaele

His company commander writes :-“He was a great favourite with all my officers and his men loved him. . . His courage and splendid character were brought to the notice of the General commanding the brigade, and he has been mentioned for his good work from time to time.”

Listed on the Menin Gate.

Aged 20

Lt Walter Jessopp, Machine Gun Corps. Killed at Passchendaele

Lt Walter Jessopp, Machine Gun Corps. Killed at Passchendaele

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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2nd April 1917

Maurice Fenwick, H Social 1909. 2nd Lt, 8th Bn, Devonshire Regt. Killed in action near Ecoust during the German Retreat to the Hindenberg Line

During the Somme fighting he displayed conspicuous bravery in rendering aid to the wounded under heavy fire.    In front of Ecoust in March, 1917, his reconnoitring work was of great service; he found a road to the village which had not been wired and on April 2nd guided his company along it being himself the first man to enter the village.    After a further advance he found himself in command of his company which he rallied with great gallantry.    He was directing the fire of the machine gun, standing in an exposed position, when he was shot through the head. He was buried in the village of Noreuil.

Aged 24

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15th September 1915.  Gerald Goldie-Taubman, H & F Socials, 1888.  Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery.  Died in London, of peritonitis following an operation.  Gerald Goldie-Taubman was stationed on Malta, where he was Assistant Provost Marshal. In 1916, The Radleian listed him among those who had died on active service. Aged 42 Memorial1

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26th July 1915.  Cecil Palmer,  H & G Socials 1888.  Lt-Col commanding, 9th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt.  Killed in action at Gallipoli.  The Warwickshires were one of Kitchener’s newly recruited forces. Cecil Palmer, a career soldier, was called up from retirement to command them.  He left a widow and three children.  Aged 42

Cecil Palmer. Lt-Col commanding 9th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt.  kia 26 July 1915

Cecil Palmer. Lt-Col commanding 9th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt. kia 26 July 1915

The Helles Memorial.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

The Helles Memorial. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Cecil Palmer commemorated on the Helles Memorial.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Cecil Palmer commemorated on the Helles Memorial. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015