Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

16th October 1918

Thomas Babington, G Social 1903, Lt, Indian Army. Died of pneumonia on active service in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq)

Thomas Babington was a Junior Scholar. He played for the Cricket XI and was Captain of the Soccer team. After school, he attended Magdalen College, Oxford.  He went out to India in 1913 as Professor of English Literature at the Government College, Rangoon, Burma. He joined up in 1916 as a Lieutenant in the Indian Army Reserve of Officers; promoted to Acting Captain 108th Infantry in 1917.

Aged 29

Radley College prefects, 1908

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

20th August 1918

Ernest Wood, D Social 1911. Lt, 1st Bn, North Staffordshire Regt. Killed in action in an unknown engagement

At school he played for the Cricket XI. He went to Sandhurst after leaving school.

He passed out, of Sandhurst in July, 1915, and went to the front a year later and was present at the actions on the Somme. He was wounded in June, 1917, but returning to France in April last was kilIed on July 20th.

He is buried at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais. The town of Bully-des-Mines in France invited Radley College to participate in their Centenary Commemorations for WW1.  They honoured the men buried there with a major exhibition from 22-29 April 2016, which featured Ernest Wood’s story.

Aged 21

Lt Ernest Wood, kia 20 August 1918

Radley College Cricket XI 1914

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

22nd March 1918

Thomas Gibbons, MC, A Social 1910, Captain, 1st Bn, Hertfordshire Regt

Killed in action, Second Battle of the Somme

At school he was a Prefect, played for the Cricket XI and was captain of the last Soccer XI before Rugby became the official school sport.

He signed up in 1914 and served in France throughout 1915-1918.  He was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Military Cross.

Tommy was one of the most popular of Radleians; absolutely straight and trusted by all. I doubt if he ever had an enemy. Amusing and inconsequent in his talk, he was always the centre of a cheery group, for it was quite impossible to feel glum or out of temper in his presence. His death will have caused great and abiding sorrow among his countless friends, for he was loved and respected by all. In Oct, 1916, he married Edith Doris Evison, of Homefield, Coulsdon Common.

Aged 23

Captain TP Gibbons, MC, Hertfordshire Regt

Radley College Soccer XI 1913. Thomas Gibbons, Captain

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The grave of Albert Lane-Joynt, Guards Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Albert Lane-Joynt, Guards Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

Today we remember …

26th February 1916.  Albert Lane-Joynt, B Social 1909.  Lt, Machine Gun Corps.  Killed by a sniper in France.  Albert Lane-Joynt played for the Cricket XI in 1913, and joined Surrey CC after leaving school. He is commemorated on the War Memorial at Kennington Oval.  He was a cricket aficionado who wrote magazine articles, and immediately on leaving school produced his first issue of the Public Schools Cricket Year Book.


A history of Radley cricket, by AW Lane-Joynt, 1914: … ‘the three best cricket Xl’s turned out by Radley were those of 1867, 1888, and 1913. … The 1913 side had the estimable advantage of a really good captain in O. A. Reid. He was a fine hard-hitting consistent bat and scored 101 (not out) in 80 minutes against Bradfield. His wicket-keeping was better than ever and when he bowled he was certainly the best bowler on the side. Both he and R. C. Keller had averages of 40; with the latter he bore the brunt of the season’s work. Keller is a really fine player with a beautiful cut, and should be heard of in the future.  Reid was asked to play in the Public Schools Trial match at Lords… and was eventually chosen as first change bowler for the Public Schools XI.  Expert opinion unanimously placed our team high among the school sides of 1913, and there could be no more fitting place to end this brief resume of Radley Cricket.’

[OA Reid won the VC in Mesopotamia in 1917. He died at Johannesburg in 1920. RC Keller served in France 1915-1917, was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, was shot down and ended WW1 as a POW. ]


Aged 20

Lt Albert Lane-Joynt, Machine Gun Corps.  kia 26 February 1916

Lt Albert Lane-Joynt, Machine Gun Corps. kia 26 February 1916