Flanders & France (Western Front)

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

20th September 1918

Charles Newton, G Social 1912. 2nd Lt, 104th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action in an unknown engagement

At school he was a Junior Scholar who won the French Prize, a prefect, and played for the Rugby XV. He enlisted as a private in the Royal Field Artillery when he left school in 1916. He achieved his commission after additional training.

He is buried at Templeux-le-Gerrard, on the Somme.

Aged 19

2nd Lt Charles Newton, kia 20 September 1918

Radley College 1st XV, 1915

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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14th September 1918

George Plater, E Social 1899. Private, 2/20th Bn, London Regt. Killed during the ‘Advance to Victory’ in an unknown engagement

He was at Radley for just one year, leaving in 1900.  George Plater’s death was not recorded in The Radleian magazine in 1918.  He is not included on the War Memorial. He is listed as still alive in the 1923 and 1962 Registers, both of which record that he went to work on the London Stock Exchange after leaving school. Work on updating the Registers in the 1990s received confirmation of his death in 1918, via the family of his sister, who was his only surviving relative in 1918.

He was killed during the ‘Advance to Victory’ and is among 9000 servicemen who have no known grave who are listed on the Vis-en-Artois memorial.

Aged 34

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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23rd August 1918

John Gladstone, G Social 1909. Captain, 6th Bn, Leicestershire Regt. Killed in action, Battle of Albert

At school he rowed for the First VIII in 1912. After school he worked ‘with Messrs Lysaght Ltd.’ – a steel-working company in Bristol.

He joined up immediately on the outbreak of the war: received his commission on Aug. 28, 1914, in the Leicestershire Regiment. He went to France in July, 1915, and was wounded in July, 1916.He returned to France in January, 1917; he was severely wounded in the following April and was shortly afterwards promoted Captain and mentioned in dispatches. He again went to France in May and was killed on 18th September, 1918.

The Radley Register and Commonwealth War Graves Commission disagree with the obituary in The Radleian and give his date of death as 23rd August 1918.

Aged 23

Captain John Gladstone’s grave at Serre Road No 1. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

Radley College First VIII, 1912. John Gladstone at bow

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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21st August 1918

Nicholas van Gruisen. E Social 1904. Captain, Liverpool Regt. Killed in action, Battle of Albert

He went straight into the army on leaving school in 1909.

Aged 29

Nicholas van Gruisen’s grave at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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

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10th August 1918

Henry Utterson, DSO. E Social 1892. Lt-Col, 15th Bn, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action, Battle of Amiens

After leaving Radley he went to Sandhurst, serving with the Dorsetshire Regt. In the South African War 1899-1902 he fought at the Relief of Ladysmith and at Spion Kop

He served through the South African War (Queen’s Medal, 5 clasps, and King’s Medal, 2 clasps) and with the West African Frontier Force, 1904-1907. He served in Mesopotamia, 1914-1915,where he gained the D.S.O. and was 3 times mentioned in dispatches. He was invalided to England after being wounded at Ctesiphon. From 1917 onwards he commanded a battalion of the Lancaster Fusiliers on another front.

Citation for the DSO DISTINCTIONS. D.S,O. Major Henry Kelso Utterson, 2nd Bn. Dorsetshire Regt., for conspicuous gallantry and ability. He led his men with marked coolness and skill when assaulting a strong redoubt. He behaved very gallantly in several engagements, during one of whIch he took command of his battalion, when all the senior officers had been killed or wounded, and led a successful charge resulting in the capture of the enemy’s trenches.

He married Beatrice Hill in 1916

Aged 40

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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8th August 1918

James Payne, A Social 1902, Lt, 1st Bn, Tank Corps (attd), formerly Seaforth Highlanders.  Killed in action, Battle of Amiens

After leaving Radley in 1905 he went into business, and became Assistant Manager to J. and N. Phillips & Co., Manchester. Since 1912 he was farming in British Columbia. He was a Lieutenant in the Tank Corps when he was killed on Aug. 8.

Aged 30

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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The grave of Richard Colborne at Dainville. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

28th May1918

Richard Colborne, E Social 1900. Chaplain (4th Class), 1st Bn, London Regt

Killed in an unknown engagement near Arras whilst bringing in wounded men

At school, Richard Colborne was an Exhibitioner who won the History and Literature Prizes, was Second Prefect and played for the Football XI.  After school, he won an Exhibition to Worcester College, Oxford, and then trained for the priesthood.  His first curacy was at Great Gaddesdon , Herts.  Then, in 1916, he took up the post of Curate-in-Charge at St John’s Merton.  He was called up in 1917.

He was second Prefect, a member of the Football XI, and won the Senior Quarter by sheer pluck (and incidentally the Sports’ Cup). On leaving, he went up to Worcester College, and later took work at a Preparatory School at Hemel Hampstead. 

He was ordained deacon in 1912 and priest in 1913, and worked at Romford, and later at Merton, where he was most popular and greatly esteemed by his parishioners. He was wounded on Jan. 4, and killed in action on May 28 while assisting in bringing in the wounded. His chief described him as “one of the finest chaplains” he had ever had. He was Secretary of the Radleian Society during 1916-7, and brought out the last Year Book. He leaves very many friends who mourn his death.

Addenda. 2.4.1919 The Radleian. Memorial. A handsome new reading desk has been placed in St. John’s Church, Romford, to commemorate the memory of Rev. R A P . Colborne, T/C.F., who died of wounds last year

As Secretary of the Radleian Society, he was responsible for scouring the newspapers, writing to families and compiling all the information about Radleians serving during WW1.  His meticulous work forms the basis of the War Memorial and of all the records in this Commemoration.

Aged 32

Rev Richard Colborne, Chaplain to the Forces