New boys: August – December 1848

Fourteen boys joined the school in the autumn of 1848, following on from nineteen in the first half of the year.

Balfour, Melville. Born 1838. Aged 10 on admission. The son of Charles Balfour, of Lower Berkeley Street, London. He left in 1852, and went on to Bradfield College. He joined the Indian Army in 1855 and was killed in the Massacre at Cawnpore, June 1857.

Crichton, Arthur William. Born 1833. Aged 15 on admission. The son of Rev. William John Crichton, Vicar of Crayford, Kent. He left in 1850. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1853, graduating BA in 1857. He became the Deputy-Lieutenant of Herefordshire. In 1867 he married Constance Powys, daughter of 3rd Lord Lilford. He died on 4th February, 1882

Crichton, Henry Benyon. Born 1835. Aged 13 on admission. Younger brother of Arthur. He left in 1850. He entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1854, BA 1860, MA 1861. He became Deputy Lieutenant of Herefordshire and successively Justice of the Peace for Herefordshire and for Radnorshire. In 1863 he married Emma Charlotte, daughter of J. Dillwyn-Llewellyn, FRS, JP, of Penllergare, Swansea. He died at Bath on 26th September, 1889.

Gibbs, Robert Crawley. Born 1839. Aged 9 on admission. Son of the late George Henry Gibbs of Aldenham House, Hertfordshire. He left in 1850, and went on to Eton College. He died at Bedminster, Gloucestershire, on 31st July, 1856.

Gurdon, Philip. Born 1835. Aged 13/14 on admission. Son of James Gurdon, JP, of Assington Hall, Suffolk. He was one of the earliest Prefects. He left Radley in 1851. He entered University College, Oxford, in 1854, BA 1858, MA 1860. He rowed for Oxford University VIII 1856-7. He took Holy Orders in 1859-66. Served as Vicar of Assington, Sufolk, 1861-66. He married 1st, Mary, daughter of Rev. A. Hanbury of Bures, Suffolk. After her death in 1870 he married Marie, daughter of F. Rio, of Paris. He died at St Leonard’s, Sussex on 21st February, 1929.

Kennard, Henry Martyn. Born 1835. Aged 13 on admission. The son of Robert William Kennard, MP, of Gatcombe, Isle of Wight. He left Radley in 1849. He became Justice of the Peace for Glamorgan, and Deputy-Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Monmouthshire, appointed Sheriff in 1863. He served as Provincial Grandmaster of the Monmouthshire Freemasons, 1902-1910. In 1858 he married Katherine, daughter of Rev. George Thomas, of Ystrad Mynach, Glamorgan. She died in 1875. Henry Kennard died in London on 3rd August, 1911.

Lumley, Edward. Born 1835. Aged 13 on admission. The son of Edward Lumley, Publisher, of Chancery Lane, London. He left Radley in 1849. He joined the Admiralty branch of the Civil Service in 1858, and after a 40-year career there, retired as Superintending Clerk in the Accountant-General’s Department of the Admiralty in 1898. In 1860 he married Emma, daughter of G. Wakeling. He died on 20th October, 1921.

Manning, William Henry. Born 1837. Aged 11 on admission. The son of Charles John Manning of 15 Prince’s Gardens, SW. He left in 1851, and entered Ushaw College, Durham. He took Holy Orders as a Roman Catholic priest in 1860, and served at St Charles’s College, Notting Hill, London. He was created a Monsignor in 1878. He died at St Charles’s on 9th July, 1879.

Medley, Spenser Mansel. Born 1837. Aged 11 on admission. The son of the Rt. Rev. John Medley, DD, Bishop of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada (see entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). He left Radley in 1850. Joined the Royal Navy in 1855, retiring as Captain in 1883. He served in New Zealand in the Maori War of 1863. He later joined the Coastguards. In 1863 he married Mary Catherine, daughter of Rev. R. Taylor of Wanganui, New Zealand. He died on 28th January, 1893.

There was a strong lobby to award a Decimal place to Spenser Medley, which Singleton and Sewell consistently refused. Ultimately, they agreed to offer him a place at Radley for nothing, as “an acceptable sacrifice to Heaven”. See Singleton’s diary entry for 11th June 1848.

Moorsom, Henry Manvers. Born 1840. Aged 8 on admission. The son of Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Moorsom of the Royal Scots Fusilier Guards, of Airey Hill, Whitby. He left Radley in 1854. He entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1854, and was awarded the Sword of Honour in 1857. He joined the Royal Artillery in 1857, being Lieutenant-Colonel in 1883 and Colonel in 1888. He retired in 1896. He served in the China War in 1860, including the capture of the Taku Forts and the surrender of Pekin. He was an instructor at Royal Military College, Sandhurst, from 1877 to 1884. In 1905 he was awarded an additional pension for distinguished service. In 1869 he married Ada Florence, daughter of T. Hall Chapman. He died at Brighton on 5th May, 1915.

His father became a trustee of Radley following the Sewell crash in 1862 and was one of the architects of its survival as a school. His sister, Emma, married William Wood, Fellow and later Warden of Radley. He was a member of a distinguished military family; see entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for Sir Robert Moorsom and William Robert Moorsom

Newland, George Edward. Born 1838. Aged 10 on admission. Awarded a Decimal place. The son of the Very Rev. Henry Newland, Dean of Ferns. He left Radley in 1852. He served in the Royal Irish Constabulary from 1852 to 1888, retiring with the rank of Assistant Inspector-General and Commandant of Depot. He died on 18th June 1898.
Probably related to Henry Newland (see entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Pearse, Thomas George. Born 1836. Aged 12 on admission. Son of Rev. George Pearse, Vicar of Martham, Norfolk. He left in 1850. He Entered Caius College, Cambridge in 1854, graduated BA. He took Holy Orders and became Curate of Martham. At an unknown date he emigrated to America, where he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.

Trench, Frederick Chenevix (later called Chenevix-Trench). Born 1837. Son of Rev. Richard Chenevix Trench, Professor of Divinity, King’s College, London, later Archbishop of Dublin (see entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Frederick left Radley in 1852, and went to Cheltenham College. He joined the 7th Bengal Cavalry in 1857, the 20th Hussars in 1858, becoming Lieutenant-Colonel (commanding) 1880-83, and Major-General in 1887. He served in the Indian Mutiny 1857-8, including the siege and capture of Delhi and Lucknow. He was Professor at the military Staff College 1879-80. Served as Military Attaché at St Petersburg, 1883-86; C.M.G. 1887. In 1873 he married Mary, daughter of Captain Charles B. Mulville, late 3rd Dragoon Guards. He wrote several books on military history. He died at Braemar on 18th August, 1894. He was a member of a distinguished family; see entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for Melesina Trench, his grandmother, and Francis Chenevix Trench, his uncle.

Tanqueray-Willaume, Thomas Butts. Born 1836. Aged 12 on admission. The son of Thomas Butts Tanqueray-Willaume of 39 Broad Street, EC. He left in 1850. Became a solicitor. He died at Sittingbourne, Kent on 1st December, 1884.