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31st October 1918

Thomas Irwin, H Social 1910. Lt. 2nd Bn, Sherwood Foresters. Died of wounds received in the Second Battle of Cambrai

At school he played for the Cricket XI and the Racquets Pair. ‘It was in the latter that he made his mark and was conspicuous at Queen’s Club for his cool and clever game. On leaving he enlisted as a private  in the P.S.B.,but later entered Sandhurst, and took a commission in the Sherwood Foresters. He was very badly wounded in 1916, being shot through the lung. He went out again to France this year, and died of wounds on Oct. 31 (received on Oct. 8).’

He died in England and is buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Aged 22

Lt Thomas Irwin

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30th August 1918

George Simpson, G Social 1910. Lt, Cheshire Regt. Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

He volunteered for service on the outbreak of war and received his commission in March, 1915; he served in France until July, 1916, when he was wounded; he returned to France on Aug. 30, 1917, and met his death exactly a year later.

He was an only son. He is buried at Terlincthun Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

The War Memorial Committee Minutes record the George Simpson Exhibition which was created in his memory to help Radleians at university.  The first recipient was George Mallaby, Senior Prefect in 1921, to help him go to Oxford; others aided by the gift were RE Raikes at London University and Vincent O’Connor at Oxford.  Vincent O’Connor became one of the most significant donors of rare and valuable books to Radley College Library – a skill in collecting which he gained at Oxford.

Aged 22

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15th June 1918

Edward Monson, MC, E Social 1912. Lt, 331st Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds received near Béthune

He was a member of Radley’s earliest Rugby team in 1914.

He passed in Woolwich in 1916 and was a Lt. in R.F.A. He went to France in Feb., 1918, and fought all through the Somme retreat, back to Amiens. He and another officer volunteered to take their guns into the infantry line, where they stayed for twelve hours. For this he gained the Military Cross. On the 29th he was gassed. His last action was on the night of June 14-15, when he was wounded by the explosion of a shell, which penetrated his steel helmet. He never recovered consciousness, and died on June 15. He had evidently made his mark in the Battery, both as a brave officer and a keen sportsman.

Citation for the Military Cross. This officer volunteered for special service, he and another officer at dawn taking two guns in front of the infantry line without escort and engaging the enemy, bringing back the limbers for more ammunition, and using it up. This action checked the enemy advance and afforded time for the withdrawal of the infantry.

Aged 20

Edward Monson in the 1914 Rugby team

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26th  April 1918

Henry Savory, D Social 1910. 2nd Lt, 3rd Bn Worcestershire Regt

Died of wounds received in the Second Battle of Kemmel

At school he was a prefect.  After school he went to Jesus College, Cambridge, then trained at Sandhurst.

He died of wounds received in action in the Mount Kemmel battle on the 26th April, the same day that he was wounded. Educated at Remenham, Hindhead, and at Radley, he matriculated at Jesus College, Camb., in 1914, but owing to the outbreak of war, after undergoing a somewhat serious operation, entered Sandhurst in 1915. Unfortunately the physical disability recurred, and debarred from military service he took up the engineering course at Jesus. In May, 1917, he was however classed B I, and joining the Cambridge O.T.C. was given a commission (Durham L.l.) in September, and sent to the 108th T.R.B. at Aldershot, finally going to France in January, 1918, with a battalion of the Suffolks. On the 21st March, at the opening of the German attack, he was with the 5th Entrenching Battalion, and after days marching and countermarching with his platoon, was attached to the 3rd Worcesters, with whom he was in action on the 26th April. The Commanding Officer writes “all regret his loss as he would have made a valuable officer.

He was an only child.

Aged 21

2nd Lt Henry Savory

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The VIII on the river 1903. EN Balme rowing at 2

22nd April 1918

Edward Balme, MC. A Social 1899. Lt, 11th Bn Essex Regt

Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

He was a prefect who played for the 1st teams for football and rowing.  After school he trained at St George’s Hospital but did not continue with a medical career.  He joined up as a private with the Honourable Artillery Company in  September 1914.

In 1915 he was given a commission in the Essex Regt., and went to Gallipoli where he won the M.C. for gallantry at Sulva Bay, and was mentioned in despatches by Sir Charles Munro. Later he served in Egypt, and then in France, being invalided home in 1917. In March, 1918, he went to France again, and was mortally wounded on April 21st near Ypres, and died of wounds the next day.

Aged 33


Frank Harston, MC. Don

Captain, East Lancashire Regt. Killed in action in an unknown engagement

Citation for the Military Cross. Lt. (temp. Capt.) Frank Northey Harston, E. Lanc. R. He rendered most valuable service as Brigade Major during the advance. When a gap occurred he proceeded at great risk of capture and under continuous fire to rectify matters before daylight. He set a magnificent example throughout.

He was educated at Highfield Preparatory School, Liphook (then Southampton), and Eastbourne College, and at both was head of the school. He went to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he obtained a scholarship, and took first class Classical Honours. After leaving Cambridge he was at different times assistant master at Clifton College and Radley College. At the outbreak of war he joined the Public Schools Brigade, but in October, 1914, was gazetted to a commission in the Leicestershire Regiment, with which he proceeded to France in July, 1915, as captain and adjutant. In January, 1916, he was appointed to the General Staff of a Division and almost at the same time was granted a regular commission. In February, 1917, he was promoted and appointed brigade major of an infantry brigade, in which capacity he was serving at the time of his death. He had been twice mentioned in dispatches and in May of last year was awarded the Military Cross.

The modern battlefield has proved a strange school of poets, and the love of nature was never more intimate and more real, than in this nightmare of destruction and rampant mechanism. There were two men here, whom we knew well, richly endowed with that quality, – not a rare one, perhaps, but often disguised, – the love of Earth: I mean Frank Harston and his friend Lance Vidal.  The official notice of his death, in our last number, reveals nothing of the man: I can, at least, say something of my own knowledge of him as a friend.

Both these men as we knew them were sane, sterling, generous souls, devoid of affectation and vanity. Such men are not as they had never been; something endures in the consciousness of everyone who associated with them.

When nearly every incident of the past is forgotten, a few luminous scenes remain, clear in the memory, like sunlight striking on a distant hill. I remember fishing with Harston, near Bablockhithe, one afternoon in summer. He was a gay and delightful companion, as he was, I imagine, punctilious and strict in form: for he did nothing by halves. Last April he wrote to me expressing the wish that we should one day go fishing together again; and his letter recalled the whole scene most vividly, – the mown grass lying in swathes by the stream, the conversation we had sitting in the inn-garden, and the ride home in the dusk.

Personally, I shall always remember him and Vidal as men who loved earth and the sun, and who, full of the joy of living, were not afraid to enter the enchanted “Woods of Westermain,”-the mystery in nature.  In Memoriam Frank Harston

Aged 28

Lt Edward Balme

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6th April 1918

Herbert Oldfield, D Social 1908. Major, 8th Canadian Infantry Bn, Canadian Expeditionary Force

Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

He was born in Winnipeg, Ontario.

On leaving in 1911, he went out to British Columbia, and entered the Merchants’ Bank of Canada. When he was killed in action on April 6th, he was Major in the 8th Canadian Infantry, and had seen 3 1/2 years service. Since his death he has been mentioned in Despatches by Sir Douglas Haig.

Aged 24

The grave of Major Oldfield at Duisans. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

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3rd April 1918

Cyprian Slocock, G Social 1910. Captain, Ox & Bucks LI. Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

At school he was Junior Scholar and a Prefect.

died at a hospital abroad on April 3 of wounds received on March 25, aged 21, was the youngest son of the late Rev. F. H. Slocock, rector of Mottisfont, and of Mrs. Slocock, North Lodge, Maidenhead. He was educated at Lambrook, whence he gained a classical scholarship at Radley in 1910. He received his commission in November, 1914. and went to France in August, 1915. He was wounded on the Somme in 1916, and returned to the front the following year, since when he had seen much fighting. His death is in a sense one of the peculiar tragedies of this war. He was, when war broke out, looking forward to going up to Oxford and had no military desires. He was a prefect, and had been joint Editor of the Radleian, and had won the Sixth Form prize, and his instincts all pointed to a literary career. He cheerfully gave up all for his country. He became one of a little band of Old Radleian officers in the Oxford and Bucks L.l. – a sadly thinned band now alas! Ben Slocock left Radley with a singularly blameless record which he maintained to the end – an end which none was more ready to meet than he. He has fallen ‘Sed miles sed pro patria’

He is buried at Boulogne East Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

His two nephews were awarded War Memorial Scholarships at Radley.  He features in the official history of the regiment.

Aged 21

Captain Cyprian ‘Ben’ Slocock


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3rd January 1918

Henry (Harry) Barnett, A Social 1902. Cpy Quarter-Master Sergeant, Motor Transport, Army Service Corps. Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement whilst serving in India

He represented the school at boxing.

There is no photograph in the War Memorial Albums, and no obituary, other than a brief note of his death, in The Radleian magazine.  He is one of three British servicemen buried at Poonamallee Cemetery and is listed on the Madras War Memorial, Chennai in Tamil Nadu.  He was married to Edith.  CWGC lists his rank as ‘Private’.

Aged 29

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20th October 1917

John Clark, E Social 1912. 2nd Lt, 196th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.  Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

He won an exhibition for mathematics while he was at Radley. He was also a member of the Officers Training Corps and of the Country Life Shooting Team in 1916-7.

He passed the Woolwich Entrance Examination in November, 1916, but being disqualified owing to short sight, joined the R.G.A. through the Maresfield Park Cadet School, whence he passed out “with honours.” 

He went to the front on September 22. His C.O writes : – “Your son had been only a short time with my battery, but he had already proved himself to be a brave and efficient officer.“

A former master writes : – ” Of all the boys I have had I should pick him out as one I could absolutely trust and honour.“

Aged 19

2nd Lt John Clark, Royal Garrison Artillery. kia 20 October 1917

2nd Lt John Clark, Royal Garrison Artillery. kia 20 October 1917