killed in action

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18th September 1918

Arthur Clegg-Hill, DSO, C Social 1891. Lt-Col (commanding), 12th Bn Cheshire Regt. Killed in action, Battle of P Ridge, Macedonia, Greece

At school, he played for the Soccer XI.  On leaving school, he became a career soldier and served in the 2nd South African War.  In 1902, he became a farmer in South Africa.  He returned to service on the outbreak of WW1.  He was twice mentioned in despatches and awarded the DSO.

His battalion was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm for the action at P Ridge:

Citation for the Croix de Guerre with Palm awarded to 12th Bn. Cheshire Regt.

A GALLANT CHESHIRE BATTALION. AWARDED THE CROIX DE GUERRE WITH PALM. On Sunday, March 2, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Salonika Force, on behalf of General Franchet d’Esperey, the G.O.C. in Command Allied Armies in the Orient, presented the 12th (Ser.) Battalion Cheshire Regiment with the Croix de Guerre with Palm, in recognition of their gallant conduct and magnificent attack on September 18, 1918. The battalion was mentioned in a French Army Order as “a marvellous battalion, which has shown the finest qualities of courage, enthusiasm, and endurance.” The order continues :- ” On September 18, 1918, gallantly led by Lt.-Col. the Hon. A. R. Clegg·Hill, D.S,O., in person, it rushed to the assault of a strongly fortified position, showing a magnificent spirit of self-sacrifice. In spite of a cross fire from artillery, trench mortar, and machine guns, and of the loss of its commanding officer, who fell mortally wounded, the battalion continued to advance, making light of its heavy casualties, and thereby giving a glorious example of heroism, and the loftiest traditions of the British Army.”

In the December dispatch of General Sir G. Milne, G.O.C. in Command, British Salonika Force, the battalion is again mentioned for its attack on the ” P” Ridge in September. “After severe fighting the 12th Battalion Cheshire Regiment succeeded in reaching the third line of trenches. At this point they came under a devastating machine gun fire, and, unable to make further progress, were eventually compelled to fall back to their original position. In their heroic attempt they had lost about 65 per cent. of their strength, including Lieutenant- Colonel the Hon. A. R, Clegg-Hill, D.S.O., who fell at the head of the battalion.”

Aged 41

Radley College Soccer XI 1896 (unnamed – includes Arthur Clegg-Hill)

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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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.

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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

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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.

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Lt Ernest Wood, kia 20 August 1918

Radley College Cricket XI 1914

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

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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.

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Rev Richard Colborne, Chaplain to the Forces

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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

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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

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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

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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



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


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.