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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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27th May 1917

Arthur Knapp, E Social 1890. Lt, Nyasaland Field Force.  Died of illness on active service in East Africa

After school, he worked for a short time as an architect, then became a career soldier, serving with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, then the Grahamstown Militia.  He spent 15 years as a planter in Nyasaland (now part of Malawi). He is buried in Dar-es-Salaam cemetery.

He formerly held a commission as second lieutenant in the Militia battalion of the Oxford and Bucks L.I, and served in the South African War with the Grahamstown Town Guard 1901-2, and obtained the Queen’s Medal. For the last 15 years he had been planting cotton in Nyasaland, but on the outbreak of war he joined the force for East Africa. He received a commission as assistant transport officer, and had lately been recruiting carriers from among the natives.

Aged 43

Lt Arthur Knapp, Nyasaland Field Force. Died on active service 27 May 1917

Lt Arthur Knapp, Nyasaland Field Force. Died on active service 27 May 1917

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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31st October 1915.  Drostan Russell, D Social 1904.  Rifleman, Northern Rhodesian Rifles, South African Forces.  Died of blackwater fever in Zambia, and listed as ‘died on active service’ 

Aged 24

Drostan Russell, Rifleman, Northern Rhodesian Rifles, South African Forces.  Died on active service 31 October 1915

Drostan Russell, Rifleman, Northern Rhodesian Rifles, South African Forces. Died on active service 31 October 1915

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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