Today we remember …
|30th December 1917
William ffolkes, D Social 1912. 2nd Lt, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action in an unknown engagement
He was a Prefect and member of the Cricket1st XI.
There is no one who knew him to whom the news of Rupert ffolkes‘ death did not come as a very great grief. Some of us hardly knew he had left Sandhurst, and the appearance of his name in the Casualty Lists seemed almost incredible. It is always difficult in these times to realise that one who has been talking and laughing with us a few weeks, perhaps a few days before, has been killed, but with him it is harder than with almost any one else. It seems but as yesterday that he was batting for the School, or taking his part in Chapel Procession, and we always looked upon him as being so very young.
He had his own ideals, – very simple and very pure they were, – and them he followed with the quiet answering devotion of a Sir Galahad. Religion was a very real thing. It was the highest thing in daily life. Self was a thing that never had a place in his religion, and perhaps that was the reason why one was always sure of sympathy from him in times of trouble. He could always feel and show that he felt for the worries and anxieties of others. And then we come back to the realisation that he is gone.