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Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

20th October 1917

John Clark, E Social 1912. 2nd Lt, 196th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery.  Died of wounds received in an unknown engagement

He won an exhibition for mathematics while he was at Radley. He was also a member of the Officers Training Corps and of the Country Life Shooting Team in 1916-7.

He passed the Woolwich Entrance Examination in November, 1916, but being disqualified owing to short sight, joined the R.G.A. through the Maresfield Park Cadet School, whence he passed out “with honours.” 

He went to the front on September 22. His C.O writes : – “Your son had been only a short time with my battery, but he had already proved himself to be a brave and efficient officer.“

A former master writes : – ” Of all the boys I have had I should pick him out as one I could absolutely trust and honour.“

Aged 19

2nd Lt John Clark, Royal Garrison Artillery.  kia 20 October 1917

2nd Lt John Clark, Royal Garrison Artillery. kia 20 October 1917

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

Battle of the Somme

18th October 1916. Arthur Evans. D Social, 1892. 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. Killed in action.

Arthur Evans came to Radley as a Junior Scholar. He won the James Scholarship, the Heathcote Scholarship, the Gibbs Scholarship and the English Literature Prize, became a Prefect, and played for the Soccer 1st XI and the Fives team. After school he won an Exhibition to Lincoln College, Oxford. He taught in prep schools for several years until the outbreak of the War. He then joined up as a member of the Public Schools Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment.) He later transferred to the Essex Regiment. He has no known grave so is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Aged 38

Arthur Evans. 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme. Detail - Warden & Prefects 1896

Arthur Evans. 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme. Detail – Warden & Prefects 1896

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

Battle of the Somme

10th October 1916. John Raikes. G Social, 1910. 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. Killed in action.

John Raikes was one of the most promising mathematicians to have been educated at Radley for many years. He came to the School as the Heathcote Mathematical Scholar and left it having won a Mathematical Exhibition to Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He joined up before he could take his place at Oxford.

As an athlete, he was a cross-country runner who ran second in the School mile:

He bore a spotless character, and he had a keen sense and appreciation of the humorous, and the recollection of the twinkle in his eye is abiding. On the intellectual side he deserves more than a passing notice. Besides helping his Social to gain the Croome casket in 1913, he must always be remembered with honour as being the first Radleian for very very many years to win a Mathematical distinction at the University. His future there was full of promise, but he at once answered his Country’s call and fell as a very gallant gentleman

Aged 20

 

His uncle, Frederick Raikes, died in Mesopotamia in 1917.

He was at Oxford Prep School and is commemorated on their War Memorial

John Raikes, 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

John Raikes, 2nd Lt, 9th Bn, Essex Regt. kia Battle of the Somme

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

First Battle of the Somme

 

3rd July 1916.  Lancelot Curteis, G Social, 1906.  2nd Lt, 8th Bn, Border Regt.  Killed in action, Battle of the Somme.

 

At school Lancelot Curteis played for the 1st XI Soccer team. He joined the University and Public Schools Corps in September, 1914. He obtained his commission in the Border Regiment in May, 1915, and went to France in December, 1915.

A letter from his Company Commander to his parents:

Your son was a splendid officer, and the men were simply devoted to him. He led them magnificently in our charge on the German trenches as steadily and coolly as on parade. He was shot soon after we had occupied them, fighting hard and cheerily to the last. The Commanding Officer had the greatest confidence in him. I have lost in him a personal friend, and a most efficient officer, who died, as he had lived, a very gallant gentleman.

Aged 23

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Duncan Tuck,  G Social, 1907.  Capt, 3rd Bn, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.  Died of wounds received on 17th June near Arras.

Duncan Tuck won a Scholarship to Radley. He went up to Hertford College, Oxford in 1912.

‘In May 1914, he joined the Special Reserve of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and after training at Portsmouth he was in March, 1915, attached to the 2nd Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, and was wounded in the right shoulder on April 23, when the regiment was supporting the left of the Canadians in the second battle of Ypres. Afterwards he was attached to the 5th Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, joining them on September 26, the day after they had lost many officers and men on the Menin road. He was six months in the dangerous Ypres salient, and then was moved to Arras. On June 17, while inspecting wire entanglements, he was hit in the chest and right arm when binding up the wounds of another officer.’

Aged 23

Lancelot Curteis, 2nd Lt, 8th bn Border Regt. kia 3 July 1916

Lancelot Curteis, 2nd Lt, 8th bn Border Regt. kia 3 July 1916

Duncan Tuck, Captain, 3rd Bn, Ox & Bucks LI.  Died of wounds 3 July 1916

Duncan Tuck, Captain, 3rd Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. Died of wounds 3 July 1916

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

31st October 1915.  Drostan Russell, D Social 1904.  Rifleman, Northern Rhodesian Rifles, South African Forces.  Died of blackwater fever in Zambia, and listed as ‘died on active service’ 

Aged 24

Drostan Russell, Rifleman, Northern Rhodesian Rifles, South African Forces.  Died on active service 31 October 1915

Drostan Russell, Rifleman, Northern Rhodesian Rifles, South African Forces. Died on active service 31 October 1915

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The name of Basil Hoyle on the Loos Memorial.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The name of Basil Hoyle on the Loos Memorial. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

25th September 1915

Battle of Loos

 

Basil Hoyle, E Social 1906.  Captain, 9th Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  Killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos.

At Radley he was a serious scholar who won the Richards Gold Medal. He then went up to Balliol College, Oxford. He volunteered in 1914. He was promoted to Captain in July 1915. His grandfather was the Archbishop of York

Aged 22

Basil Hoyle, Captasin, 9th Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. kia 25 September 1915

Basil Hoyle, Captasin, 9th Bn, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. kia 25 September 1915

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

10th August 1915.  Robert Wilson, A Social 1906.  Lt, 6th Bn, Loyal North Lancashire Regt.  Killed in action at Chunuk Bair, Gallipoli  23rd October 1915.  ‘At Radley he was a prefect, and was a member of the football eleven of 1910, and the cricket eleven of 1911. On leaving Radley he went up to Exeter College, Oxford. Reported missing;  28th October 1916;  Reported missing 27th October 1917;  Previously reported missing, now presumed killed on 10th August 1915.’ Aged 23

Robert Wilson, Lt, 6th Bn, Loyal North Lancashire Regt.  Missing 10 August 1915

Robert Wilson, Lt, 6th Bn, Loyal North Lancashire Regt. Missing 10 August 1915

Robert Wilson commemorated on the Helles Memorial.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Robert Wilson commemorated on the Helles Memorial. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

The Helles Memorial.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

The Helles Memorial. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

Today we remember …

9th August 1915.  Today we remember two Radleians who fell, one in France, the other at Gallipoli.

 

Basil Constable, E Social 1900.  Captain, 1/4th Bn, Royal Sussex Regt.  A career soldier, he died of wounds received at Gallipoli.  Aged 31.

Basil Constable, Captain, 1/4th Bn, Royal Sussex Regt.  Died of wounds 9 August 1915

Basil Constable, Captain, 1/4th Bn, Royal Sussex Regt. Died of wounds 9 August 1915

The grave of Basil Constable at Green Hill Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsular.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

The grave of Basil Constable at Green Hill Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsular. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Green Hill Cemetery.  Grave of Basil Constable in foreground.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Green Hill Cemetery. Grave of Basil Constable in foreground. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Gilbert Holcroft, 2nd Lt, 2nd Bn, Durham LI.  kia 9 August 1915

Gilbert Holcroft, 2nd Lt, 2nd Bn, Durham LI. kia 9 August 1915

Gilbert Holcroft,  G Social 1909.  2nd Lt, 2nd Bn, Durham Light Infantry.  Killed in action in the Actions of Hooge. ‘He was in his 21st year. He was educated at Radley College and Queens’ College, Cambridge. At the beginning of the war he left Cambridge for Sandhurst. He was a fine oar and rowed in his college boat at Cambridge.’.  Aged 20