Private

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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

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3rd January 1918

Henry (Harry) Barnett, A Social 1902. Cpy Quarter-Master Sergeant, Motor Transport, Army Service Corps. Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement whilst serving in India

He represented the school at boxing.

There is no photograph in the War Memorial Albums, and no obituary, other than a brief note of his death, in The Radleian magazine.  He is one of three British servicemen buried at Poonamallee Cemetery and is listed on the Madras War Memorial, Chennai in Tamil Nadu.  He was married to Edith.  CWGC lists his rank as ‘Private’.

Aged 29

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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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The grave of Charles Waddilove at Tilloy les Moufflaines.  Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

The grave of Charles Waddilove at Tilloy les Moufflaines. Photographed for Marching in Memory, July 2015

4th May 1917

Charles Waddilove, G Social 1896. Private, 2/3rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

He was a stretcher-bearer who was reported killed sometime between 1st and 5th May 1917.

After school, he went to Exeter College, Oxford.  He then worked for Oxford House, Bethnal Green and Toynbee Hall, both committed to working with the urban poor.  He is one of 28 men commemorated on the War Memorial at Oxford House.

Oxford House was established in 1884 as the first “settlement house” to open where students and graduates from Keble College, Oxford undertook a period of residential volunteering to learn first-hand about the realities of urban poverty. These volunteers were either graduates or worked locally and lived upstairs in Oxford House which was like a mini Oxford college in the heart of Bethnal Green. Volunteers provided practical support to alleviate or remove the impact of poverty to the local community by creating projects such as youth clubs, poor man’s lawyer, labour exchanges and adult education classes.

Aged 35

Private Charles Waddilove, Stretcher bearer, RAMC. kia Battle of Arras

Private Charles Waddilove, Stretcher bearer, RAMC. kia Battle of Arras

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11th April 1917

Rupert Castle-Smith, B Social 1906. Private, 15th Bn, Australian Imperial Force.  Believed to have been killed in action, Battle of Arras

He was reported missing on 11th April 1917, but not confirmed killed until December 1917.  He left school after just one year and went out to Australia soon after.

Aged 26

(CWGC lists him as Rupert Castlesmith)

Rupert Castle-Smith, B Social Football XI, 1906

Rupert Castle-Smith, B Social Football XI, 1906

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March/April 2017

An unknown soldier

W. Rogers is listed on the Servants’ Memorial on War Memorial Arch.

He served as a Private with the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. He was lost in action somewhere in France, sometime between March and April 1917.

He is listed on the Thiepval Memorial.

Thiepval Memorial. CWGC photo

Thiepval Memorial. CWGC photo

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13th September 1916

Richard Brodie-James. G Social, 1908. Lt, 9th Bn, East Lancashire Regt.Killed in action in Greece.

Richard Brodie-James was killed near Macukovo in Greece. His name is recorded on the Doiran Memorial. He was Mentioned in Despatches. The letter from his colonel to his parents says:

Your son was as gallant, cool, and capable an officer as I have met in my 32 years’ soldiering. . . . He is a loss to the regiment and the Army, for his quickness and ability were much above the average. We were all proud of him, and the men speak of him enthusiastically. In the list of recommendations for recognition which I have just sent in your son’s name stands first. Living or dead he deserves the tribute – and more.

Aged 23

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Henry Skinner. A Social, 1910. Private, 1/4th Bn, London Scottish. Died of wounds, Battle of the Somme.

Henry Skinner was one of very few Radleians who enlisted as a Private.

He went from Radley to Abingdon School and from there to Jesus College, Cambridge, where his grandfather was a fellow.

Aged 21

Richard Brodie-James, Lt, 9th Bn, East Lancashire Regt. kia in Greece

Richard Brodie-James, Lt, 9th Bn, East Lancashire Regt. kia in Greece

Henry Skinner, Private, 1/14th Bn, London Scottish. Died of wounds, Battle of the Somme

Henry Skinner, Private, 1/14th Bn, London Scottish. Died of wounds, Battle of the Somme

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Battle of the Somme

27th August 1916. Walter Brown. D Social, 1897. Private, 15th Bn, Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action at Pozieres.

Walter Brown was born in Wigan, Lancashire. After leaving school, he returned home for a short while, working in cotton manufacturing. Then he emigrated to Australia. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force and returned to Europe early in 1916. He has no known grave so is listed on the Australian Forces Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.