Flanders & France (Western Front)

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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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

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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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

14th April 1918

Hugh Malcolmson, Croix de Guerre. C Social 1893. Ambulance Driver, French Red Cross

Killed in action whilst rescuing wounded men

His family was from Ireland.  After leaving school, he was a cattle rancher in Argentina from 1907-9.  He then returned to Ireland where we worked as a farmer.  In 1907 he married Muriel Briscoe.

Aged 38

The burial record of Hugh Malcolmson. ©CWGC

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

10th April 1918

George Bloomfield, D Social 1913. Private, 1/6th Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers

Missing, presumed killed in action, Battle of the Lys

His family were based in Djenan-es-Saouda, El Biar, Algiers.  He left Radley in 1917 and went straight into the ranks serving in France.  There is no obituary in The Radleian

Aged 19

Private George Bloomfield, Northumberland Fusiliers

George Bloomfield’s name on the Ploegsteert Memorial. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

Private George Bloomfield, Northumberland Fusiliers

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

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

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

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

 

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

1st April 1918

Walter Glossop, D Social 1878. Major, 225th (Kootenay) Bn, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Died in London of illness contracted in France

At school he was a prefect and played for the Football XI. After school he became a career soldier. He retired from the Suffolk Regiment in 1905 with the rank of Major and acting Lt-Colonel. He rejoined the Army for the war, and was gazetted to the Canadian Forces. Colonel Glossop had the medal and clasp for service with the Hazara Expedition of 1888. He is buried at Brookwood Cemetery.

In 1913 he married Margaret Stirling.  Their son, Francis, was born in 1916.  He came to Radley as a War Memorial Scholar in 1930.  Francis also became a career soldier. He died of wounds received in action in North-West Europe in 1945.  The Glossops are the only father and son to be named on both the Radley War Memorials.  They are also both commemorated in Canada on the War Memorial for Kettle’s Valley. Walter’s name is among 31 Canadian remembered the Ingram Bridge Cenotaph in British Columbia, constructed in 1924.

Aged 58

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

24th March 1918

Donald MacIver, B Social 1899, Lt, 3rd Bn, South Lancashire Regt

Killed in action, Second Battle of the Somme

He left school before 1902 and became a farmer.  He enlisted with the Liverpool Scottish on 6th August 1914 and went to the Front immediately.  He was wounded in 1914, but returned and served in France until 1918.

His name is recorded on the Pozières Memorial

Aged 33

Donald MacIver, B Social 1902

Donald Maciver’s name on the Pozieres Memorial. Photographed by Nick Bennet & Charlie Barber for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

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

Today we remember …

Second Battle of the Somme

21st March 1918
Reginald Hodgson

John Moore, MC

Horace Stevens

Photographs of the Pozieres and Arras Memorials by Nick Bennett & Charlie Barber for ‘Marching in Memory’ July 2015

Reginald Hodgson, D Social 1893, Captain, 82nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action, Second Battle of the Somme

At school he was a Junior Scholar, a Prefect and won the English Literature Prize. He represented the School at boxing and went on to receive a half-blue for both boxing and fencing for Oxford University. After school he studied at University College, Oxford, became a barrister at the Inner Temple and an underwriter at Lloyd’s. He was the youngest son of Henry John Hodgson, Master of the Supreme Court of Judicature, and of Mrs. Hodgson, of Keble Road, Oxford. He had his commission early in the war, and was Lieutenant in December, 1914; he was gazetted Captain in February, 1916.

Aged 38

 

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Captain Reginald Hodgson

The name of Reginald Hodgson on the Pozieres Memorial.

John Moore, MC, F Social 1907, Major, Cheshire Regt, attached 71st Cpy, Machine Gun Corps, Killed in action, Second Battle of the Somme

Cheshire Regiment, attached Machine Gun Corps (killed in action on March 21), was son of the late Captain G. H. Moore, Camden Hill, Cranbrook, Kent, and of Mrs. Moore, of Filsham House, St. Leonards-on·Sea. He was twenty-four years of age; he had promotion in the Cheshires in November, 1915, and, transferring to the Machine Gun Corps, became acting Captain in June, 1917. He was at Radley, 1907-1909, and had been mentioned twice in despatches..

Aged 24

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The name of John Moore, MC, on the Arras Memorial.

Horace Stevens, College Staff, Lance-Corporal, 2nd/4th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI

Killed in action, Second Battle of the Somme

The name of Horace Stevens on the Pozieres Memorial.