E Social

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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

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The grave of Norman Albury at Aveloy.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Norman Albury at Aveloy. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

15th September 1917

Norman Albury, F & E Socials 1911. 2nd Lt, 21st Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

He left Radley in July 1916 and joined the RFC in February 1917. At school he was a member of the earliest Rugby XV.

Aged 19

2nd Lt Norman Albury, RFC

2nd Lt Norman Albury, RFC

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Battle of Passchendaele / 3rd Battle of Ypres


23rd August 1917

Alick Blyth

James Wilson

Maurice Mowbray

Alick Blyth's name on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Alick Blyth’s name on the Tyne Cot Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of James Wilson at Lijssenthoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of James Wilson at Lijssenthoek. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Maurice Mowbrary at The Huts. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Maurice Mowbrary at The Huts. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Alick Blyth, H Social 1910. Senior Prefect, Captain of Cricket and Radley’s first Captain of Rugby

He was killed in action on the Ypres front on Aug. 23rd, 1917, aged 20. His Company Commander writes:

Our battalion was in support, but he was detailed for a special job in the line. There was a strong point called Pond Farm giving a lot of trouble. We had taken it once, but had lost it and were going for it again. Both the D Company officers had been killed, and the remnants of the Company were going over with the attacking party without an officer. Blyth at once went to the Colonel in charge of the attack and insisted on taking this Company over, which he did. The place was captured, but he was sniped through the head. This place was held by Prussians, and had before resisted seven attacks.” Those who knew him are not surprised to hear that he died so gallantly, and that “his Platoon was easily the best in the battalion.” The same officer adds that “he was nearly always ill, but would never go sick, but kept hanging on.”

Blyth had a career full of promise at Radley. Like Geoffrey Adams, whom he succeeded as Senior Prefect for one term, he combined a variety of gifts. He won the Gibbs. Heathcote, and James Scholarships in successive years, 1913-1915. and the Worsley Prize in 1915. In this year he also won a Classical Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He was in the Cricket Xl in 1915. and played a fine innings against Sherborne; and in the XV in 1914 and 1915. captaining it in the latter year. He was also a keen lover of literature and of nature, especially of birds, moths and butterflies. With these gifts and tastes he combined a character of unassuming gentleness, thoughtfulness, and charm, which gained him a multitude of friends.

His mother gave all the flowers for Chapel for the first Armistice Day service.

Aged 20

 

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Alick Blyth. Radley College Rugby XV, 1914

Alick Blyth. Radley College Rugby XV, 1914

Radley College Senior Prefects, 1915-1918: Adams, Blyth and Cancellor all died in WW1

Radley College Senior Prefects, 1915-1918: Adams, Blyth and Cancellor all died in WW1

James Studholme Wilson, MC, E Social 1900. Captain, Ox & Bucks LI, Royal Army Medical Corps

He qualified as a surgeon at the London Hospital.  He married in 1912 and had one son who was awarded one of the War Memorial Scholarships to come to Radley.  The family still maintain their connection with the school.

How much we shall all miss him you can perhaps understand better than I can tell you. He was hit early in the evening, but insisted on going on with his work for six hours after he was wounded. Our admiration for his gallantry and devotion to duty knows no bounds. His name will be a lasting and inspiring memory to the officers and men of this battalion. Two of the stretcher-bearers from his aid post who were with him when he died revisited the site in 1930.  They wrote a poem about the incident entitled ‘The Pilgrimage’.  This was discovered by the descendants of one of them in the 2000s. An excerpt was published in the Old Radleian in 2008.

  1. Citation for the Military Cross. Lieut. J. E. S. Wilson, R.A.M.C. He went up to the front line from his Aid Post through a very heavy barrage, in order to assist the wounded. By his pluck and skill he undoubtedly saved many lives. He afterwards controlled the evacuation of the casualties under heavy fire.

Aged 31

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Caotain James Wilson, MC. Royal Army Medical Corps

Caotain James Wilson, MC. Royal Army Medical Corps

Maurice Mowbray, MC, F Social 1910. Lt, 89th Field Company, Royal Engineers.  Killed in action

2016 Citation for the Military Cross. 2nd Lieut. M. C. Mowbray, R.E.

For conspicuous gallantry and determination, notably when consolidating a crater. His work was destroyed four times during the night by shell and trench mortar fire. He kept his party together, and displayed an utter disregard of personal safety.

After school, he trained with the Royal Engineers at Woolwich, intending a military career: He was absolutely fearless and very capable, and his men would follow him anywhere; if only he had been spared he would have done well in the service.

Aged 21

Lt Maurice Mowbray, MC. Killed at Passchendaele

Lt Maurice Mowbray, MC. Killed at Passchendaele

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Reginald Hargreaves on the Loos Memorial.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Reginald Hargreaves on the Loos Memorial. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

28th June 1917

Reginald Hargreaves, E Social 1910. Lt, 4th Bn, Durham Light Infantry.  Killed in action in an unknown engagement on his 21st birthday

He joined the Durham L.I. from the O.T.C. in August, 1914, and went to the front in May, 1915. He was severely wounded in October, 1915, and twice again in 1916.His colonel writes:  ‘Your son was killed whilst leading his company in a raid on the enemy’s trenches. During the raid your son’s conduct was most gallant, and his personal bravery was splendid.’

Aged 21

Lt Reginald Hargreaves, Durham LI.  Killed on his 21st birthday

Lt Reginald Hargreaves, Durham LI. Killed on his 21st birthday

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27th May 1917

Arthur Knapp, E Social 1890. Lt, Nyasaland Field Force.  Died of illness on active service in East Africa

After school, he worked for a short time as an architect, then became a career soldier, serving with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, then the Grahamstown Militia.  He spent 15 years as a planter in Nyasaland (now part of Malawi). He is buried in Dar-es-Salaam cemetery.

He formerly held a commission as second lieutenant in the Militia battalion of the Oxford and Bucks L.I, and served in the South African War with the Grahamstown Town Guard 1901-2, and obtained the Queen’s Medal. For the last 15 years he had been planting cotton in Nyasaland, but on the outbreak of war he joined the force for East Africa. He received a commission as assistant transport officer, and had lately been recruiting carriers from among the natives.

Aged 43

Lt Arthur Knapp, Nyasaland Field Force. Died on active service 27 May 1917

Lt Arthur Knapp, Nyasaland Field Force. Died on active service 27 May 1917

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Detail of Charles Henderson's memorial window in Radley College Chapel. Photographed by Roger Shaw

Detail of Charles Henderson’s memorial window in Radley College Chapel. Photographed by Roger Shaw

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Battle of the Somme

17th November 1916. Charles Henderson, MC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. E Social, 1900. Captain, 71st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action at Martinpuich.

From Radley he passed fourth into the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery in 1906. He was killed by a shell which landed on the mess dug out of his battery.

At the time of his death he had passed his balloon course, and was an interpreter in French. During his last week’s leave he obtained the Royal Aero Club’s certificate as a pilot. He served in the battles of the Aisne and Marne with the R.F.A., and joined the Royal Horse Artillery during Ypres, 1914. He was present at the battles of La Bassee, Vermelles, Loos, Hulluch, and Hohenzollern, and was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour for commanding his battery during the last three battles. His name was sent up three times for the Military Cross.

His Brigadier-General wrote: He had a great future in front of him. His ability alone was far above the average, and his energy and power of getting work out of his men were extraordinary. I can honestly say that no officer in France served his King and country with greater zeal, ability, and courage, and I only wish that we all possessed in the same marked degree all those qualities which go to make a first-class soldier. His services up to the time of his death had only been rewarded by the Legion of Honour, and I much regret that such a magnificent soldier had not received further recognition.

He is commemorated by a stained glass window in Radley College Chapel.

Aged 29

The British Archives of Falconry own his hawking diary, started in 1903 when he was a boy at Radley.

The grave of Charles Henderson at Flatiron Copse Cemetery. Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Charles Henderson at Flatiron Copse Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

Charles Henderson, MC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Captain, 71st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of the Somme

Charles Henderson, MC, Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Captain, 71st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. kia Battle of the Somme

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The grave of Arthur Clarke in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Arthur Clarke in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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Battle of the Somme

9th September 1916. Arthur Clarke. E Social, 1905. 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Northamptonshire Regt. Killed in action at High Wood.

Arthur Clarke’s story exemplifies the horror and confusion of the 1st Battle of the Somme.   He was reported wounded but missing in October, 1916. By June, 1917 this had been amended to ‘believed to have been killed on 9th September 1916.’ His body was recovered and is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval.

After school, he went to Christ Church, Oxford. When the War broke out he was in Switzerland, unable to return to England until early in September, 1914. When he did get back he immediately enlisted in the North Somerset Yeomanry. He went to the Western Front in October, 1914, and took part in the first battle of Ypres. In February, 1915, he was given a commission and after three months’ training in England rejoined his regiment at the front. He was wounded on 25th September, 1915, in the Battle of Loos, and, after six months’ sick leave, rejoined his regiment. He was slightly wounded on June 27th, 1916, but was able to return to duty after a few weeks in hospital.

He was Mentioned in Dispatches twice.

Aged 25

Arthur Clarke, 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Northamptonshire Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

Arthur Clarke, 2nd Lt, 1st Bn, Northamptonshire Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

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The grave of Thornton Boyd at Lijssenthoek.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Thornton Boyd at Lijssenthoek. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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5th June 1916.  Thornton Boyd,  E Social, 1905.  Corporal, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force.  Died of wounds received in action at Zilleheke in the Battle of Mount Sorrel.

 

Thornton Boyd was born in Canada at Bobcaygeon, Ontario. He left Radley in 1908 to return to Canada where he studied engineering at McGill University in Montreal. He graduated in 1912.

He joined up as a Private with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, in August 1915, arriving on the Western Front in February 1916.

Aged 26

Thornton Boyd, Corporal, Princess Patricia's Canadian LI, Canadian Expeditionary Force.  Died of wounds 5 June 1916

Thornton Boyd, Corporal, Princess Patricia’s Canadian LI, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds 5 June 1916

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The grave of Geoffrey Graves at Menin Rd South Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Geoffrey Graves at Menin Rd South Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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18th March 1916.  Geoffrey Graves, E Social, 1907.  Lt, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles, (Saskatchewan Regiment)  Canadian Expeditionary ForceKilled in action in an unknown engagement at Hooge.  Geoffrey Graves has no obituary in The Radleian.  He left Radley in 1910 after just three years.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission lists him as ‘An intelligence officer’. We have no further information.  Aged 22

Geoffrey Graves, Lt, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles.  kia at Hooge 18 March 1916

Geoffrey Graves, Lt, 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles. kia at Hooge 18 March 1916

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The grave of William Wigan at Lijssenthoek.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of William Wigan at Lijssenthoek. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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23rd February 1916.  William Wigan, E Social 1909.  Lt, Royal West Kent Regt.  Died of shrapnel wounds near Ypres.   He went to Sandhurst in September 1914. 

‘ …. He was in a dug-out two and a half miles behind the firing line, with his Captain and two other subs., when a shell dropped in Battalion Commander’s Headquarters some six yards behind them. The Captain who was nearest the door went out to see what had happened and the other three must have started to follow him when another shell dropped right in the doorway wounding all three. The Captain writes: ‘I went to the dug-out to see what I could do, but your son, who looked very pale. though quite calm, waved me away, saying: “Get away, you are the only one left in the Company.” I then sent for stretcher-bearers and doctor: your son then asked for a cigarette which I gave him and lit it for him. The stretcher-bearers, four in number, then went to him, but he said, ‘Look to the others who are worse first, I shall be all right, I have got one leg broken, and am hit through the other.’ …. As I walked with him he said, ‘ Don’t look so worried about me, I shall be all right; shall see you at home.’  I then had to leave him to take my men to the trenches.

As I said good-bye to him he blew me a kiss and wished me good luck… I cannot tell you how much we valued and loved him, what a good hard-working officer he was… He was beloved of all the men of the Company, who realised his efforts for them. and what a good hard-working officer he was. . . always cheery, courageous, and energetic. . . He was taken suddenly worse on the morning of the 23rd, became unconscious about 2 pm and died about 4 pm.’

 

Aged 20

Lt William Wigan, Royal West Kent Regt.  Died of wounds 23 February 1916

Lt William Wigan, Royal West Kent Regt. Died of wounds 23 February 1916