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Mesopotamia Campaign

17th September 1916. John Bankes-Price. D Social, 1909. Flt-Lt, Royal Naval Air Service. Killed in action at El Arish, Mesopotamia (now Iraq).

John Bankes-Price was the son of the British Consul in Chicago. He joined the Royal Naval Air Service in 1915. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial. Aged 21

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Battle of the Somme

27th August 1916. Walter Brown. D Social, 1897. Private, 15th Bn, Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action at Pozieres.

Walter Brown was born in Wigan, Lancashire. After leaving school, he returned home for a short while, working in cotton manufacturing. Then he emigrated to Australia. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force and returned to Europe early in 1916. He has no known grave so is listed on the Australian Forces Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

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The grave of Mervyn Richardson at Point 110 Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Mervyn Richardson at Point 110 Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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19th March 1916.  Mervyn Richardson, D Social, 1908.  Capt, 1st Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement.‘Tracker’ Richardson was one of the young officers mentioned in Siegfried Sassoon’s diary, which became his fictional Memoirs of a fox-hunting man. At Radley he was Captain of the Boats, and rowed twice at Henley in the Ladies’ Plate, rowing No. 6 in the winning heat v. University College, Oxford, in 1912. He was a member of the Leander Club. After leaving school, he attended Sandhurst, then went straight out to the Western Front in 1915. He was Mentioned in Despatches.  A letter from the Regimental Chaplain to his parents describes the scene of his funeral:CHAPLAIN’S LETTER, March 22 (Wed.).

DEAR SIR,-You might care I think to know the details of your son’s burial and last resting place from the Chaplain of the Regiment?… Your son was the most gallant and best loved of a gallant band of young officers… I have been with the battalion a year, and through more than one action, yet I do not remember so solemn a funeral or such real quiet grief. It took place on Tuesday night at 9.45. The little burial ground lies in a slight hollow only 100 yards behind the front lines. The nearest village is Reanite, near Albert, but from there it is a walk of two miles over rolling chalk downs to the line. The little plot is reverently tended, and a cross already in position on the grave. At the end of the war you will find no difficulty in finding it and tending it as you like.

As we left the dug-outs for the cemetery, two canisters burst quite near with a deafening roar. There in the darkness I took the service. All the officers were present and many men. The moon came out in the middle, and shone on the grey steel helmets of the group, and made the colours of the Union Jack that lay on the body gleam. The service ended, to the roar of another German canister, more suitable perhaps to the occasion than any organ.

Eric Milner-White

Aged 22

Mervyn Richardson, Captain, 1st Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  Died of wounds 19 March 1916

Mervyn Richardson, Captain, 1st Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of wounds 19 March 1916

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The name of Maurice Howell on the Loos Memorial.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The name of Maurice Howell on the Loos Memorial. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

25th September 1915

Battle of Loos

 

Maurice Howell, D Social 1908.  2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Royal West Surrey Regt.  Killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos.

‘On the outbreak of war he obtained a nomination for Sandhurst, and received his commission in November, 1914. He left for France in the next month. His colonel writes that he was killed “while gallantly entering the German first line trench at the head of his platoon.”

Aged 19

Maurice Howell, 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Royal West Surrey Regt. kia 25 September 1915

Maurice Howell, 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Royal West Surrey Regt. kia 25 September 1915

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The grave of Richard Dundas at Cabaret Rouge.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Richard Dundas at Cabaret Rouge. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

25th September 1915

Battle of Loos

Richard Dundas, D Social 1882.  Lt-Col commanding, 11th Bn, The Royal Scots.  Reported missing, presumed killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos, along with most of his battalion. ‘His magnificent and heroic leadership at Loos will never be forgotten, and his loss there cannot be too much deplored. His was a great personality and attractive nature, absolutely just and true, unfailing in sympathy and courtesy to all, untiring in work, an ideal soldier, with the keenest of brains, who jealously guarded the honour and traditions of the regiment that he loved, lived, and died for, and to which his loss is irreparable.” The Times.

He was a career soldier whose family had served in the regiment since 1670. Like Cecil Palmer (killed at Gallipoli) he had come out of retirement to command one of the newly formed battalions.

Richard Dundas, Lt-Col commanding 11th Bn, Royal Scots.  Missing 25 September 1915

Richard Dundas, Lt-Col commanding 11th Bn, Royal Scots. Missing 25 September 1915

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The grave of Alexander Gwyer at Wytschaete Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Alexander Gwyer at Wytschaete Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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22nd October 1914. Alexander Gwyer, D Social, 1897. Captain, 6th Dragoon Guards. Killed in action in the First Battle of Messines

Alexander Gwyer was at Eton for a short time before joining Radley so is also listed on Eton’s War Memorial. He was a career soldier who joined the Dragoons on leaving school in 1902. He was promoted Captain in 1908. In 1912 he retired from active service but rejoined his regiment upon the outbreak of the War.

Alexander Gwyer, Captain, 6th Dragoon Guards. kia First Battle of Messines, 22 October 1914

Alexander Gwyer, Captain, 6th Dragoon Guards. kia First Battle of Messines, 22 October 1914

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The name of Thomas Smith on the Le Touret Memorial.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The name of Thomas Smith on the Le Touret Memorial. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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16th October 1914. Thomas Smith, D Social, 1909. 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Dorsetshire Regt. Killed in action at La BasséeThomas Smith left Radley in 1913 to go to Sandhurst.

Thomas Smith, 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Dorsetshire Regt. kia La Bassee, 16 October 1914

Thomas Smith, 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Dorsetshire Regt. kia La Bassee, 16 October 1914