killed in action

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The grave of Mervyn Gorringe in Polygon Wood. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Mervyn Gorringe in Polygon Wood. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

12th December 1917

Mervyn Gorringe, D Social 1891. Lance-Corporal, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Killed in action in an unknown engagement

He rowed for the 1st VIII in 1895.

He emigrated to New Zealand immediately upon leaving school in 1896, where he worked as a sheep farmer.  In 1904 he married Margaret Fraser. He returned to Europe in 1915 as a Lance-Corporal in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

Aged 40

Mervyn Gorringe, Radley College Rowing VIII, 1895

Mervyn Gorringe, Radley College Rowing VIII, 1895

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3rd December 1917

Dominic Watson, A Social 1902. Lt, Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action in an unknown engagement

He was the Master of Bath and County Harriers from 1911-1914.

In October, 1914, he joined the 19th Hussars as a private, but afterwards transferred to the West Somerset Yeomanry. As he was anxious to go oversea he took a commission in the Somerset Light Infantry, and left England in October, 1916. He had seen much severe fighting. His only brother fell in the South African War.

Aged 30

Lt Dominic Watson, Somerset LI

Lt Dominic Watson, Somerset LI

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The grave of Frederick Haden at Monchy-le-Preux. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Frederick Haden at Monchy-le-Preux. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

Battle of Passchendaele / 3rd Battle of Ypres

4th November 1917

Frederick Haden, H Social 1913. 2nd Lt, 11th Trench Mortar Battery. Killed in action, Passchendaele

Last year he passed the entrance examination at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the “Little Go,” but had not gone into residence. He went to the front on June 8, and after a short time with his battalion was attached to the T.M. Battery. His Captain expresses “the deepest sympathy and sorrow felt by the officers N.C.O.’s, and men of the battery, with whom he was a great favourite, and also the share in your loss, in that we have lost a most capable and efficient officer.”

The C.F. writes: “I had known him since his earliest days in this division, and known him for a quiet, charming boy a faithful Churchman, and quite fearless. Humanly speaking, we can ill-afford boys like that; they carry in them the promise of a tremendous manhood.”

Aged 19

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2nd Lt Frederick Haden. kia Passchendaele

2nd Lt Frederick Haden. kia Passchendaele

George Wilson, MC, F Social 1903. Major, 282nd Bde, Royal Field Artillery. Died of gas poisoning, Passchendaele

After school, he joined the London Stock Exchange.  He married in 1912. He joined up as a Territorial in August 1914, eventually going out to the Western Front in October 1915.  He was mentioned in despatches and promoted to the rank of acting Major.

He was one of four brothers.  His eldest brother (who also won the Military Cross) was killed in action in May 1916; his youngest brother died of wounds in November 1916.  His only surviving brother was serving at the Front with the Royal Field Artillery when George died of gas poisoning.

Aged 27

Major George Wilson, Royal Field Artillery. Died of gas poisoning, Passchendaele

Major George Wilson, Royal Field Artillery. Died of gas poisoning, Passchendaele

George Wilson's grave at Gwalia. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

George Wilson’s grave at Gwalia. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

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

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

Battle of Passchendaele / 3rd Battle of Ypres

2nd October 1917

George Haggie, A Social 1904. Private, 9th Bn, Yorkshire Regiment. Killed in action , 3rd Battle of Ypres

After school, he went to Magdalen College, Oxford.  He trained with the Durham Light Infantry before transferring to the Yorkshires.

Aged 27

Private George Haggie, Yorkshire Regiment. kia Passchendaele

Private George Haggie, Yorkshire Regiment. kia Passchendaele

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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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Third Battle of Ypres – Passchendaele

31st July 1917. Walter Jessopp, H Social 1909. Lt, Machine Gun Corps.  Killed in action, Passchendaele

His company commander writes :-“He was a great favourite with all my officers and his men loved him. . . His courage and splendid character were brought to the notice of the General commanding the brigade, and he has been mentioned for his good work from time to time.”

Listed on the Menin Gate.

Aged 20

Lt Walter Jessopp, Machine Gun Corps. Killed at Passchendaele

Lt Walter Jessopp, Machine Gun Corps. Killed at Passchendaele

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28th July 1917

Arthur O’Beirne, G Social 1901. Lt, 57th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.  Killed in action in aerial fighting over Houthulst Forest,  Flanders

At school, he played for the Cricket XI. He then went to Exeter College, Oxford.  He was in India from 1909-1914.  He served with the East African Mounted Rifles, 1914-15, then with the Oxford Light Hussars in 1915, before joining the Royal Flying Corps.

When war broke out he had just arrived in British East Africa, and immediately enlisted as a trooper in the East African Mounted Rifles. After nine months’ fighting he was invalided home, and was then offered a commission in the Oxfordshire Yeomany. In December, 1916, he joined the R.F.C., and after obtaining his pilot’s certificate was for some time in England. He went to the front last July, and died of wounds received in action on the 28th of that month. His only brother, Lieutenant John I. M. O’Beirne, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, attached R.F.C., was killed at the front last April.

Aged 29

Lt Arthur O'Beirne, Royal Flying Corps. kia July 1917

Lt Arthur O’Beirne, Royal Flying Corps. kia July 1917