Indian Army

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The grave of John Mowbray at Peronne Road Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of John Mowbray at Peronne Road Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

Today we remember …

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.

Aged 41

John Mowbray, Major, 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery.  kia Battle of the Somme

John Mowbray, Major, 41st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of the Somme

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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.

Aged 25

Richard Fitzgibbon, Lt, 128th Pioneers, Indian Army.  Died of wounds 4 February 1915

Richard Fitzgibbon, Lt, 128th Pioneers, Indian Army. Died of wounds 4 February 1915

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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