|Battle of the Somme
21st July 1915. John Mowbray, DSO. H & D Socials, 1889. Major, 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action.
At Radley, he rowed in the First VIII. After leaving school he trained as a civil engineer. He then changed career to become a soldier. He received a commission in the Royal Field Artillery in July, 1900, and joined a battery in India. He was afterwards transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery, with which he remained until entering the Staff College, Quetta, in 1907. On passing out he was appointed to the General Staff at Simla, where he remained until 1913. He went to France as staff captain in August, 1914, and became brigade major on a divisional staff three months later. He resigned in the spring of 1916 in order to take command of a field battery. He was promoted captain in August, 1911, and major in December, 1914. For his services in France he was twice Mentioned in Dispatches and received the DSO.
Today we remember …
|4th February 1915. Richard Fitzgibbon, F Social 1904. Lt, 128th Pioneers, Indian Army. Died of wounds received in the Defence of the Suez Canal.
Mentioned in despatches. Record of a citation: Major General Sir A. Wilson’s recommendations: 128th Pioneers. Lieutenant R. A. Fitzgibbon behaved with conspicuous gallantry. When severely wounded he ran a considerable distance under fire to the 5th Egyptian Battery. He has since died of his wounds.
He twice coxed the Radley VIII at Henley Regatta.
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)
|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|