killed in action

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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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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

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28th July 1917

Arthur O’Beirne, G Social 1901. Lt, 57th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.  Killed in action in aerial fighting over Houthulst Forest,  Flanders

At school, he played for the Cricket XI. He then went to Exeter College, Oxford.  He was in India from 1909-1914.  He served with the East African Mounted Rifles, 1914-15, then with the Oxford Light Hussars in 1915, before joining the Royal Flying Corps.

When war broke out he had just arrived in British East Africa, and immediately enlisted as a trooper in the East African Mounted Rifles. After nine months’ fighting he was invalided home, and was then offered a commission in the Oxfordshire Yeomany. In December, 1916, he joined the R.F.C., and after obtaining his pilot’s certificate was for some time in England. He went to the front last July, and died of wounds received in action on the 28th of that month. His only brother, Lieutenant John I. M. O’Beirne, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, attached R.F.C., was killed at the front last April.

Aged 29

Lt Arthur O'Beirne, Royal Flying Corps. kia July 1917

Lt Arthur O’Beirne, Royal Flying Corps. kia July 1917

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The grave of Geoffrey Hodgkinson at Brandhoek.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Geoffrey Hodgkinson at Brandhoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

24th July 1917

Geoffrey Hodgkinson, G Social 1907. Lt, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in an unknown engagement

He was the only son of the Rev. F. K. Hodgkinson, Vicar of St. Peter’s, Forest-gate. He represented the school in the cricket and football elevens. On leaving school he entered the Imperial Tobacco Company, Messrs. Lambert and Butler’s branch. He was in an H.A.C. battery before the war began, and immediately on the outbreak he went on active service. serving abroad as a gunner from March to December, 1915. when he returned home, and received a commission in the R.F.A. in January, 1916. He went to France in the following March, and during part of the time he was there in command of his battery.

Aged 24

Lt Geoffrey Hodgkinson, Royal Field Artillery. kia 24th July 1917

Lt Geoffrey Hodgkinson, Royal Field Artillery. kia 24th July 1917

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Reginald Hargreaves on the Loos Memorial.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Reginald Hargreaves on the Loos Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

28th June 1917

Reginald Hargreaves, E Social 1910. Lt, 4th Bn, Durham Light Infantry.  Killed in action in an unknown engagement on his 21st birthday

He joined the Durham L.I. from the O.T.C. in August, 1914, and went to the front in May, 1915. He was severely wounded in October, 1915, and twice again in 1916.His colonel writes:  ‘Your son was killed whilst leading his company in a raid on the enemy’s trenches. During the raid your son’s conduct was most gallant, and his personal bravery was splendid.’

Aged 21

Lt Reginald Hargreaves, Durham LI.  Killed on his 21st birthday

Lt Reginald Hargreaves, Durham LI. Killed on his 21st birthday

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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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The grave of Charles Wilson at Level Crossing Cemetery. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Charles Wilson at Level Crossing Cemetery. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

24th May 1917

Charles Wilson, MC, F Social 1900. 2nd Lt, 88th Cpy, Machine Gun Corps.  Killed in an unknown engagement

At school he was Head of F Social and Captain of Boats. After school, he went to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he rowed for the University, and then worked for the Dublin Stock Exchange.

Captain of the Boats at Radley, he rowed in the famous Pembroke College Eight of 1906; he also rowed in the Oxford Trial Eights in 1907. In 1912-13 he was Captain of the Lansdowne Football Club. In January, 1916, he was gazetted to the 6th Royal Munster Fusiliers from the Dublin University O.T.C., and went to the front in September, 1916. Later on he joined the Machine Gun Corps, and won the Military Cross, April 23rd, 1917. His Major writes of him : – ” His loss is very keenly felt by us, as he had become such a favourite amongst us all. He had just been awarded the Military Cross for gallantry in action on April 23rd. He was a splendid officer and a loyal and brave comrade.” Another officer writes of him :- He was one of the very best, cool and cheery in danger, and although I personally only knew him for the short period of two months, still I and all the officers, N.C.O.’s and men of the Company, learned to esteem and respect him as an example of the finest type of a soldier and gentleman. Such men as he are hard to replace, and his section would have followed him anywhere and done anything for him.’

Citation for the Military Cross He maintained control of his guns throughout the whole operations in a very effective manner. He inflicted severe losses on the enemy, and his coolness and determination was a splendid example to all.

Aged 31

2nd Lt Charles Wilson, Machine Gun Corps.  kia 24th May 1917

2nd Lt Charles Wilson, Machine Gun Corps. kia 24th May 1917

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The grave of William Lloyd at Faubourg Arras.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of William Lloyd at Faubourg Arras. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

19th May 1917

William Lloyd, A Social 1907. 2nd Lt, 40th Bde, Royal Field Artillery.  Killed in action, Battle of Arras.

He worked for the newly emerging car industry at the Daimler Factory in Coventry from 1911. Early in 1915 he joined the Royal Horse Artillery, and went through the Somme fighting in the ranks. He was recommended for a commission, and was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery in February 1917.  He was killed by a German shell.

Aged 23

2nd Lt William Lloyd, Royal Field Artillery.  kia Battle of Arras

2nd Lt William Lloyd, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of Arras

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The grave of Charles Waddilove at Tilloy les Moufflaines.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Charles Waddilove at Tilloy les Moufflaines. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

4th May 1917

Charles Waddilove, G Social 1896. Private, 2/3rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

He was a stretcher-bearer who was reported killed sometime between 1st and 5th May 1917.

After school, he went to Exeter College, Oxford.  He then worked for Oxford House, Bethnal Green and Toynbee Hall, both committed to working with the urban poor.  He is one of 28 men commemorated on the War Memorial at Oxford House.

Oxford House was established in 1884 as the first “settlement house” to open where students and graduates from Keble College, Oxford undertook a period of residential volunteering to learn first-hand about the realities of urban poverty. These volunteers were either graduates or worked locally and lived upstairs in Oxford House which was like a mini Oxford college in the heart of Bethnal Green. Volunteers provided practical support to alleviate or remove the impact of poverty to the local community by creating projects such as youth clubs, poor man’s lawyer, labour exchanges and adult education classes.

Aged 35

Private Charles Waddilove, Stretcher bearer, RAMC. kia Battle of Arras

Private Charles Waddilove, Stretcher bearer, RAMC. kia Battle of Arras