Today we remember …
|10th November 1917
Gilbert Vawdrey, C Social 1911. 2nd Lt, 2nd Bn, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action, Passchendaele
He was a Prefect and a member of Radley’s first Rugby XV. In 1916, he went to Sandhurst.
He obtained his commission in the Welsh Regiment in August of the same year, and went to the front in September, 1916, where he has been ever since. A senior officer writes : – “At the time he was killed he was carrying a most important message, and was on his way to headquarters. During the whole day he had been doing most gallant and useful work.“
John Boswell, E Social 1904. Gunner, E Company, Tank Corps. Killed in action near Gaza, Palestine
He served as a career officer with the Royal Bucks Hussars Yeomanry from 1909-1911. In 1911 he went to Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) as a planter. He re-joined his regiment in 1915. He suffered from a stammer which may have caused him to resign his commission. He applied to join the newly formed Tank Corps, and served with E Corps under Allenby in Palestine.
He married Alfreda Hurley in 1916.