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SHREWSBURY MILL MEAD SCHOOL OLD BOYS WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 - Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Philip Morris 2008

The memorial is in the form of a wooden plaque. The memorial covers World War 1 and contains 31 names listed by year. These have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease fo research and reading.

Photograph Copyright © Philip Morris 2008

OLD BOYS OF MILL MEAD SCHOOL WAR MEMORIAL 1914-1918

BEACALL

Hugh

Lieutenant, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds France & Flanders 14 May 1915. Aged 22, Son of Henry Mortimer Beacall, of Eardington House, Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 39.

BRINDLEY

Victor George

Second Lieutenant, 80th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action France & Flanders 30 August 1918, formerly 3rd Battalion, South African Infantry. Aged 27. Son of George Joseph & Minnie Elizabeth Brindley, of Springbokolakte, Orange-free-State, South Africa. Buried in VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MILITARY CEMETERY Somme, France. Plot XVI. Row AA. Grave 3.

DARBY

Maurice Alfred Alexander

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action at Neuve Chapelle 11 March 1915. Aged 20. Son of Alfred E. W. & Frederica L. J. Darby, of Adcote, Little-Ness, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. In the 1911 census he was a school boy at Eton College, aged 16, born London. His uncle searched the battlefield and found him, he having lay where he fell for 4 days. He brought him home and he was buried with full military honours, 17 March 1915, south west of the church in LITTLE-NESS ST. MARTINS CHURCHYARD, Little-Ness, Shropshire. See also Bournemouth St Clements

DRUMMOND

Nigel Felton

Lieutenant, 6th Battalion attached 1st Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps Killed France & Flanders 20 December 1916. Buried in COULONVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY Somme, France. Grave 7.

DUNVILLE-LEES

Charles Cunningham

Lieutenant, H.M.S. "Verulam", Royal Navy. Died home 3 September 1919. Born Oswestry, Shropshire, 31, Woodhill, Oswestry, Shropshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL Chatham, Kent. Panel 31.

EVANS

Arthur Frederick

Lieutenant, 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers attached 100th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action France & Flanders 30 October 1918. Aged 32. Son of Arthur Frederick & Emily Mary Evans, of Fazakerley House, Prescott, Lancashire. Buried in CHARMES MILITARY CEMETERY, ESSENGEY Vosges, France. Plot I. Row D. Grave 12.

EVANS

Charles Heyland

Second Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Border Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 26 October 1914. Aged 23. Son of Warren Edward & Helen Lloyd Evans, of Llangefini, Anglesey. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES MENIN GATE MEMORIAL Leper, Belgium. Panel 35.

EVANS

Richard Stanley

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action Gallipoli, 10 August 1915. Aged 23. Son of William Evans, of Brynteg, Merthyr-Tydfil. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL Turkey, Panel 140 & 144.

EYTON

Robert William

Lieutenant, 7th Battalion attached 41st Trench Mortar Battery, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action France & Flanders 22 March 1918. Aged 22. Son of Lieut-Colonel Philip Eyton, & Mrs. Agnes Eyton, of The Kiln House, Tadley, Hants. Commemorated on POZIERES MEMORIAL Somme, France. Panel 81 to 84.

GILLETT

Richard Francis

Private, M2/101326, 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, Army Service Corps. Killed in action France & Flanders 7 August 1916. Aged 28. Born Derby. Son of Leonard Francis & Edith Elizabeth, Gillett, of "The Gables" Stoke-under-Ham, Somerset, late of Austin’s Close, Harbertonford, Devon. Buried in BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot V. Row H. Grave 8.

HEARN

Henry John

Lieut-Commander, H.M. Submarine K.17, Royal Navy. Lost in the North sea 31 January 1918. Aged 32. Born Shrewsbury. Son of Henry John & Laura Jane Hearn, of "Bycroft" Church Stretton, Shropshire. No known grave. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL Chatham, Kent. Panel 27.

HOEY

Cyril Frederick

Second Lieutenant, Royal Flying Corps. Died at home 7 June 1917. Buried in YATESBURY ALL SAINTS CHURCHYARD Wiltshire. Grave 15.

LANGLANDS

Alan

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Killed in action France & Flanders 9 May 1915. Aged 19. Son of Major J. S. Langlands, & Mrs. Beatty, of Boradale, County Wexford, Ireland. Buried in ST. VAAST POST MILITARY CEMETERY, RICHEBOURG-L’AVOUE Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 2.

LLOYD

John Baxter

Lance Sergeant, 14269, C Company, 6th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action France & Flanders 25 June 1916. Aged 30. Son of John & Ellen Lloyd, of Belgrave, Mountfields, Shrewsbury. Buried in VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY CEMETERY Leper, Belgium. Plot III. Row A. Grave 15.

LLOYD, MC

Owen Robert

Captain, 3rd Battalion attached 7th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds France & Flanders 20 September 1917. Aged 25. Son of Major & Mrs. Thomas Lloyd, of 36, Broad Street, Ludlow, Shropshire, native of Shrewsbury. Buried in CEMENT HOUSE CEMETERY Langemark-Poelkapelle, Belgium. Plot I. Row C. Grave 4.

McMAHON

John Aguila

Lieutenant, Royal Army Medical Corps attached 3rd Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Died of wounds Twickenham, 12 May 1915. Aged 25. Son of Aqulia & Maude McMahon, (nee Tweedy) of 28, Herbert Place, Dublin. Buried in TWICKENHAM PAROCHIAL CEMETERY Twickenham, Middlesex. Grave reference F. A. 124.

ONSLOW

Tom

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 5th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action France & Flanders 6 January 1917. Aged 19. Son of Matthew Richard S. & Fanny H. Onslow, of Stoke Edith Rectory, Hereford. Buried in AGNY MILITARY CEMETERY Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot/Row F. Grave 20.

ORFORD

Charles Robert Hadfield

Second Lieutenant, 1/2nd Battalion attached 16th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds France & Flanders 18 July 1917. Aged 20. Son of William & Katherine Orford, of Orford House, High Lane, Stockport. Buried in COXYDE MILITARY CEMETERY Koksidge, Belgium. Plot I. Row A. Grave 4.

OWEN

Philip Charles

Second Lieutenant, 9th Battalion attached 5th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action France & Flanders 25 September 1915. Son of L. M. Owen, Rector of Stockton, Shifnal, Shropshire, Nephew of Major W. R. O. Kynaston, Shropshire Yeomanry, of Hardwick, Ellesmere, Shropshire. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES MENIN GATE MEMORIAL Leper, Belgium. Panel 47 & 49.

PITCAIRN

Hugh Francis

Second Lieutenant, 47th Divisional Supply Column Mechanical Transport, Army Service Corps. Died 3 June 1917. Aged 37. Son of John George & Augusta Francis Pitcairn, of Lee, London. Buried in AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION Pas-de-Calais, France. Plot VI. Row G. Grave 15.

PRYCE, VC, MC, & Bar

Thomas Tannatt

Captain, 4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action 13th April 1918, Vieux Berquin, France, during the Battle of Hazebrouck, as the Allies held off the Germans’ last great offensive. Aged 32. Born in the Hague, Netherlands 17th January 1886. Son of Thomas and Rosalie S. Pryce, of Pentreheylin Hall, Llandysilio, Montgomeryshire, Wales and husband of Margaret Sybil Pryce (married March 1908), of Cranfurd Lodge, Maidenhead, Berkshire, daughter of E. Snow Fordham, Metropolitan Police Magistrate; they had three daughters. Educated at Shrewsbury School and Cirencester School. Joined the firm of Henry Tudor and son, and became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1913. Keen sportsman and a fine shot, kept himself fit mainly by riding and lawn tennis. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium. Panel 1. See also Stock Exchange war memorial.

At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and went to France with them in december 1914. He was given a commisison in the Gloucestershire Regiment in October 1915 and was wounded in a night raid at Gommecourt, where he gained the Military Cross.

He retuned to the front in May 1916, and won a bar to his Cross soon after. In September he trasnferred to the Grenadier Guards and went out again with a draft in February 1917.

In relation to his Victoria Cross The London Gazette 21st May, 1918, records the following-

"For most conspicuous bravery, devotion to duty, and self-sacrifice when in command of a flank on the left of the Grenadier Guards. Having been ordered to attack a village he personally led forward two platoons, working from house to house, killing some thirty of the enemy, seven of whom he killed himself. The next day he was occupying a position with some thirty to forty men, the remainder of his company having become casualties. As early as 8.15 a.m., his left flank was surrounded and the enemy was enfilading him. He was attacked no less than four times during the day, and each time beat off the hostile attack, killing many of the enemy. Meanwhile the enemy brought three field guns to within 300 yards of his line, and were firing over open sights and knocking his trench in. At 6.15 p.m., the enemy had worked to within sixty yards of his trench. He then called on his men, telling them to cheer and charge the enemy and fight to the last. Led by Captain Pryce, they left their trench and drove back the enemy with the bayonet some 100 yards. Half an hour later the enemy had again approached in stronger force. By this time Captain Pryce had only 17 men left, and every round of his ammunition had been fired. Determined that there should be no surrender, he once again led his men forward in a bayonet charge, and was last seen engaged in a fierce hand-to-hand struggle with overwhelming numbers of the enemy. With some forty men he had held back at least one enemy battalion for over ten hours. His company undoubtedly stopped the advance through the British line, and thus had great influence on the battle."

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

CAPTAIN THOMAS TANNATT PRYCE, V.C., M.C. & bar), Grenadier Guards, was the son of Thomas Pryce of Llandysilio, Montgomeryshire. He was born in 1886 and educated at Shrewsbury and Cirencester.

He joined the firm of Henry Tudor and Son, and became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1913.

A keen sportsman and a fine shot, he kept himself fit mainly by riding and lawn tennis.

At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company and went to France with them in December 1914.. He was given a commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment in October 1915 and was wounded in a night raid at Gommecourt, where he gained the Military Cross.

He returned to the front in May 1916, and won a bar to his Cross soon after. In September he transferred to the Grenadier Guards and went out again with a draft in February 1917.

On 13 April 1918, at the most critical moment of the German Lys offensive, Captain Pryce with only forty men held up a German battalion for ten hours at a most vital point of the line, when all depended on the staunchness of the Guards. In the end, when the remnant of the little band had fired their last round, they charged the enemy with the bayonet and died fighting, splendidly refusing to surrender. For this superb and invaluable stand Captain Pryce was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught wrote: “I have read with pride of the gallantry and endurance shown by all companies of the battalion, but especially of No. 2 Company, so ably led and commanded by Captain Pryce."

His Army Commander wrote: “There is no finer stand in the history of the British Army than this to which Captain Pryce contributed very largely."

His Colonel wrote to his widow: "Your husband was perfectly splendid and his company did wonderfully. Its record will be one of the finest episodes in the war."

Captain Pryce married, in March 1908, Margaret, the younger daughter of E. Snow Fordham, Metropolitan Police Magistrate, by whom he had three daughters.

READ

Arthur Beddome

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action France & Flanders 16 September 1914. Aged 23. Son Robert Arthur& Maude E. Read, of "Avalon" Grange Road, Sutton, Surrey. Buried in VAILLY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 12.

ROBERTS

Noel Humphrey

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action France & Flanders 13 April 1917. Aged 23. Born Wolverhampton. Son of Rev. Frederick & Louisa Roberts, of St. Giles Vicarage, Shrewsbury. No known grave. Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL Pas-de-Calais, France. Bay 6.

SIDEBOTHAM

Gerald

Captain, 4th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. Killed in action Egypt 9 March 1918. Son of Mr. J. Sidebotham, of 7, Brazenose Street, Manchester. Buried in JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY Israel. Section M. Grave 94.

SIDEBOTHAM

James Ffith

Lieutenant, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action France & Flanders 12 February 1916. Aged 24. Son of J. J. & Emily Sidebotham, of 45, Gayton Road, Harrow, Middlesex, late of Davenport, Stockport. Buried in WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY Leper, Belgium. Plot III. Row Q. Grave 4.

SPROTT

Frederick William

Lieutenant, 92nd Battalion, Punjabis, Indian Army. Killed in action Mesopotamia, 25 August 1916. Aged 27. Son of Sir Frederick & Lady Sprott, of "Collycroft House" Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY Iraq. Plot IX. Row J. Grave 23.

WACE

Henry Edward

Captain, 1/4th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Killed in action France & Flanders 14 April 1918. Born Condover, Shrewsbury. No known grave. Commemorated on TYNE COT MEMORIAL Zonnebeke, Belgium. Panel 112 to 113.

WATERIDGE

Edgar Leake

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 20 November 1914. Aged 22. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Frederick William & Ellen Harriet (nee Leake) Wateridge, of Marche Manor, Shrewsbury. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas-de-Calais, France. Panel 11.

WICKHAM, MC

Bernard William Theodore

Lieutenant, C Company, 9th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action France & Flanders 14 April 1917. Aged 22. Son of Rev. William Arthur & Clara Wickham, of Ampton Rectory, Bury St. Edmunds. Buried in RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND Leper, Belgium. Plot VII. Row J. Grave 32.

WILLIAMSON

Francis Cornwall

Sapper 1833, 1st Divisional Signal Company, Australian Engineers. Died in Cairo Hospital, Egypt, 3 April 1915. Aged 18. Born Cheshire. Born Cheshire. Educated Shrewsbury. Agricultural student. Son of John Henshall & Constance Mary Williamson, of "St. Heliers" Abbey Road, Malvern, England. Buried in CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY Egypt. Section B. Grave 196. See also Australian Roll of Honour.

WOLSELEY-JENKINS

Charles Wolseley

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action France & Flanders 25 September 1915. Aged 25. Son of Ada Wolseley-Jenkins, of Abbots-Field, Shrewsbury, & the late Colonel Wolseley-Jenkins, of the 19th Hussars. No known grave. Commemorated on PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL Belgium. Panel 10.

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