Lance-Corporal

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

29th April, 1917

Barham Middleton, B Social 1899. Lance-Corporal, 22nd Bn, Royal Fusiliers.  Killed in action, Battle of Arras.

After school, he studied at the Agricultural Department at Reading University, then worked as a dairy farmer in Surrey. He signed up and served in the ranks of the Universities and Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers in 1914.  He was killed in the Battle of Arras but has no grave, so is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Aged 35

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

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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Silver, moonstone and amethyst cross designed for Radley College by George Sedding, 1910

Silver, moonstone and amethyst cross designed for Radley College by George Sedding, 1910

Today we remember …

 

23 October 1915.  George Sedding, A Social 1896.  Lance-Corporal, 7th Bn, Norfolk Regt.  Died of wounds received in the Battle of Loos.

 

He was a silversmith, a follower of the Arts and Crafts Movement. An example of his jewellery survives in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. In 1910, he designed and gave the cross and candlesticks which are still on the communion table in Radley College chapel. He was a committed Christian. One of his last letters home shows both his deep love of God and of the jewel bright colours of nature, written in the horror of Ploegsteert Wood:

I wrote a little prayer last night. . . . There are such a lot of stray bullets about that you want something of the sort to repeat and think of on occasions. ‘Under the shadow of Thy wings, 0 Christ, shall I rest in peace. For as in love they enfold me, I will look up and behold their shining glory, arched in a vault of dusky gold, gleaming with rainbow hues. Gold for sovereignty and power, with all the wondrous graces, charity and love, that colour Thy divinity. So shall I rest in peace, and at my death, 0 Light of Lights, give me grace to come without the shadows, and to look upon Thy most holy face.‘’

 

Aged 33

George Sedding, Lance-Corporal, 7th Bn, Norfolk Regt.  Died of wounds 23 October 1915

George Sedding, Lance-Corporal, 7th Bn, Norfolk Regt. Died of wounds 23 October 1915