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BAKER

Cecil Douglas

[Listed as Lieutenant on SDGW] Captain, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards and Special Reserve. Killed in action 29th July 1917. Aged 49. Son of Arthur Baker, of Beckenham, Kent; husband of Gwendoline Baker, of Walton-on-Thames. Buried in DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot VIII. Row C. Grave 11. See also the Stock Exchange memorial.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BAKER, CECIL DOUGLAS, Capt. (Special Reserve), Grenadier Guards. 3rd s. of Arthur Henry Baker, of Elderslie, Beckenham, co. Kent. J.P., by his wife, Clara (68, Prince's Gate, London, S.W.), dau. of Julius Try Mortimer; b. 6 Dee. 1870 ; educ. The Abbey School, Beckenham; Sherborne, and Merton College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1893; became a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1895; obtained a commission as 2nd Lieut. in the R.N.V.R. Anti-Aircraft Corps in Sept. 1914; transferred to the Grenadier Guards in Sept. 1915, being promoted Lieut. Jan. 1916, and Acting Capt. Jan. 1917 ; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 28 Oct. 1915; was wounded in April, 1916, and was killed in action at Le Bois des Crapouillots 29 July, 1917. He was a good all-round athlete; played in the Abbey School XI.. and in both the XI. and XV. at Sherborne, and while at Oxford played in the University XV. in 1891, 1892 and 1893, being captain in 1892. He m. at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge, 6 Oct. 1898, Gwendoline, dau. of the late Alexander Peyman.

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

CAPTAIN CECIL DOUGLAS BAKER, Grenadier Guards, was the third son of the late A. H. Baker, J.P., of Beckenham, and of Mrs. Baker of 68 Princes Gate.

Born in 1870, he was educated at the Abbey School, Beckenham, at Sherborne and Merton College, Oxford.

He played cricket and football for Sherborne, and won his Rugby "blue" at Oxford in 1891, being captain in 1893.

He became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1895.

On the outbreak of war he was given a commission in the R.N.V.R., Anti-Aircraft Corps, but was transferred to the Grenadier Guards in September 1915.

He was killed in action on 29 July 1917, and left a widow.

BALFOUR-MELVILLE

James Elliot

Second Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed in action 25th September 1915. Aged 33. Born 9th July 1882 in Edinburgh. Son of Leslie M. and Jeanie Amelia Balfour-Melville, of New Club, Edinburgh. No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 78 to 83.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BALFOUR MELVILLE, JAMES ELLIOT, 2nd. Lieut., 3rd (Reserve) Battn. The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders), yr. s. of Leslie Melville Balfour Melville, of 3, Learmouth Terrace, Edinburgh, Writer to His Majesty's Signet, by his wife, Jeannie Amelia, dau. of Dr. William Wilson, of Florence; b. Edinburgh, 8 July, 1882; educ. The Academy there; Cargilfield; Malvern College, and Oriel College, Oxford (B.A.); was a Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh; applied on the outbreak of war for a commission, and was gazetted 2nd Lieut. 3rd Black Watch 3 Nov. 1914; trained at Nigg; was attached to the 2nd Battn. in France 15 May, 1915, and was killed in action in the charge of the Scottish Division at Loos 25 Sept. following, after reaching the fifth line of German trenches. The Colonel of the 2nd Battn. wrote: "He was not only popular though, he was a thoroughly capable officer. I feel his loss personally as a friend and also as commanding the battalion, for he was a fine and fearless leader. It is a consolation that he died painlessly in the hour of vitory. I saw him lying in the enemy's fourth-line trench, which his company had been among the first to capture, your son leading. It was greatly due to the bold leading of your son and others like him that the Regiment earned the praise of all three Generals: 'The magnificent attack and conduct of the Black Watch,'" and a brother officer wrote: "he was sniped through the head and killed instantaneously at the furthest point reached by the Regiment in theior charge. To have kept his men together and reached such a point, is a feat of gallantry and dash beyond all praise. It was in front of the fifth line of German trenches that Elliot fell, explaining to his men the work to be done to put the captured trench into a defensive one, evidently exposing himself fearlessly." Like his father (one of the most famous golfers and perhaps the best all-round athlete that Scotalnd ever produced). Lieut, Balfour Melville was prominent in field sports wherever he went. As a cricketer he represented Scotalnd with distinction, his work as a wicket-kepper being of the first rank. he went up from Malvern to oxford in 1902, and got his first Blue for Association Football in his first year, playing also in the three succeeding years, and being captain of the team, 1905. For three out of those four years he played on the right wing with another well-known Malvernian athlete, the late Mr. W. H. B. Evans. he was a member of the Corinthian team that toured in South Africa in 1903. He belonged to the Corinthians and Old Malvernians (Football), the M.C.C., I.Z., Oxford Authentics, and Grange Cricket Clubs. A keen golfer, he was a member of the Royal and Ancient Club, St. Andrews, and the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield; unm.

His profile from Cricinfo - Wisden Cricketers' Almanack :

LIEUT. JAMES ELLIOT BALFOUR-MELVILLE (3rd Black Watch), a son of Mr. Leslie M. Balfour-Melville, was born in Edinburgh on July 9, 1882, and was killed in action in France on September 27. He was a useful hard-hitting batsman and a good wicket-keeper, and for the Malvern College XI in 1901 averaged 23.91: that year he played an innings of 51 v. Uppingham. In 1913 he was a member of the Scotch side which played a few matches in England, and against Surrey at the Oval scored 32 out of 43 in twenty minutes. Among the many clubs to which he belonged were the M.C.C., I. Zingari and Grange. For the last-named he averaged 57 in 1905. At Oxford he obtained his blue for Association football, playing from 1901 to 1905, and in the last-mentioned year being captain.

BAMBRIDGE

William Herbert

Captain, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 19th August 1917. Aged 27. Son of William Samuel and Louisa Maria Bambridge, of 35, London Rd., Marlborough, Wilts. Buried in GORRE BRITISH AND INDIAN CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot IV. Row E. Grave 9.

BATTYE

Cyril Wynyard

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment) and 32 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps. Killed while flying a Vickers F.B.5 Gunbus, serial no. 5623, at Netheravon, Wiltshire, when his aircraft nose dived into the ground 13th March 1916. Aged 21. Son of the late Lt. Col. Montague Battye (10th Foot and Military Knight of Windsor), and of Charlotte Battye, of 19, Castle Yard, Windsor Castle. Buried in WINDSOR CEMETERY, Berkshire. Grave reference DN. 107.

BEECH

Rowland John

Lieutenant-Colonel, Warwickshire Yeomanry. Died 30th August 1919. Aged 64. Baptised 10 December 1853 in Wolston, Warwickshire. Son of James and Emily Charlotte Beech, of The Shawe, Kingsley. Married Adelaide Frederica Capel Cure in St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, Pimlico, London, October to December Quarter 1885. In the 1891 census he was aged 37, born Brandon, Warwickshire, a J P Living On His Own Means, married to Adelaide Fredrica Beech with two daughters and two sons, resident Brandon Hall, Brandon Lane, Brandon and Bretford, Rugby, Warwickshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 57, born Brandon, Warwickshire, Lt Colonel Commanding Warwickshire Yeomanry, married to Adelaide Frederica Beech with two daughters, resident 71, Cadogan Square, Chelsea, London & Middlesex. Buried in the family vault under the church in ST. WERBURGH CHURCHYARD, KINGSLEY, Staffordshire.

Extract from THE LONDON GAZETTE, 6 February, 1920, page 1615/1616:

ROWLAND JOHN BEECH, Deceased.

Pursuant of the Law of Property Amendment Act..
1859, (22 and 23 Vict., cap. 35).

NOTICE is hereby given, that all creditors and persons having any claims or demands upon or against the estate of Rowland John Beech of Brandon Hall, near Coventry, in the county of Warwick, of The Shawe, near Cheadle, in the' county of Stafford, and of 71, Cadogan-square, Chelsea, in the county of Middlesex, Lieutenant-Colonel, late 2nd Life Guards and Warwickshire Yeomanry, deceased (who died on the 30th day of August, 1919, aind whose will was proved by the Public Trustee, of the public Trustee Office, Kingsway, London, the executor therein named, on the 27th day of November, 1919, in the Birmingham District Probate Registry), are hereby required to send in the particulars of their claims and demands to the undersigned, the. Solicitors of the said executor, on or before the 17th day of March, 1920; and notice is hereby also given that after that day, the said executor will proceed to distribute the assets of the deceased among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims of which the said executor shall then have notice; and that he will not be liable for the assets, or any part thereof, so distributed, to any person. of whose debt or claim he shall not then have bad notice.—Dated this 30th day of January, 1920.

MOORE-BAYLEY and 00., 47, Temple-row,
006 Birmingham, Solicitors for the Executor.

BENCE-TROWER

Alfred

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. He had only been with his battalion a week before he was shot through the head by an enemy sniper 29th May 1918. Aged 37. Baptised 1880 in Thorington, Suffolk,, son of the late Percy and Agnes Marian Bence-Trower. Proceeded on 29th April 1918 to join the British Expeditionary Force fro Active Service in France and was posted to the 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Buried in ST. AMAND BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot III. Row C. Grave 8.

BILL

John Hugo Hepburn

Lieutenant-Colonel (Political Officer Mosul), Indian Political Department. Died 2nd November 1919. Born 24th November 1877 in Marylebone, Middlesex. Baptised 27th January 1878 in Alton, Stafford, son of Charles and Ellen Margaret Hepburn Bill, of Farley Hall, Alton, Staffordshire. In the 1891 census he was aged 13, born London, Middlesex, a scholar, son of Charles and Ellen M H Bill, resident Farley Hall, Farley Village, Alton, Cheadle, Staffordshire. Buried in BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY, Iraq. Plot XIX. Row G. Grave 4.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1920:

BILL John Hugo, Hepburn of Farley Hall near Oakamoor Staffordshire died 2 November 191g at Birzah Kaprah near Agrah Mesopotamia Probate London io July to Cicely Annie Fraser <wife of William Archibald Kenneth Fraser).
Effects £2288 4s. 7d.

Extract from British India Office Wills & Probate - Last Will & Testament - Bombay 1921:

Re: John Hugo Hepburn Bill --deceased

The 1st day of February 1921.

The last Will and Testament of John Hugo Hepburn Bill late of Farely Hall near Oakmoor in the County of Stafford European deceased who died at Birzah Kaprah near Agrah in Mesopotamia on the second day of November one thousand.nine hundred and nineteen was proved and registered in the Principal Probate Registry of His Majesty's High Court of Justice in England and. Letters of Administration having effect throughout the Province of Bombay with the said Will annexed of the Property and Credits of the said deceased were duly granted by His Majesty's High Court of Judicature at Bombay on the 1st day of February 1921 to Norman William Faith one of the duly constituted attorneys of Cecil Annie Fraser (wife of Archibald Kenneth Fraser) formerly Cicely Annie Bill widow the relict of the said deceased the sole executrix named in the said Will (for her use and benefit and limited until she should apply for and obtain Probate of the said Will granted to her from this Court) -the said Norman Faith having taken the oath required in such a case and filed the usual Administration

Estate under
Rupees.5,127/-

BINNY, D.S.O.

Steuart Scott

Lieutenant-Colonel, 10th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers formerly 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussars. Killed in action 3rd March 1916. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Buried in SPOILBANK CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row M. Grave 4.

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 published by Naval & Military Press:

BINNY, STEUART SCOTT, Lieut., was born 1 July, 1871. He was commissioned in the 19th Hussars 2 June, 1894 ; became Lieutenant 22 Oct. 1898, and served in the South African War, 1899-1902, taking part in the operations in Natal, 1899, including actions at Rietfontein and Lombard's Kop ; was present at the defence of Ladysmith, including sortie of 7 Dec. 1899, and action of 6 Jan. 1900; served during operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, Oct. and Nov. 1900; served as Adjutant, 19th Hussars, 1 Jan. to 31 May, 1902 ; took part in the operations in Orange River Colony, March, 1902 (Despatches [London Gazette, 15 Nov. 1901] ; Queen's Medal with two clasps, and King's Medal with two clasps). He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June, 1902] : "Steuart Scott Binny, Lieut., 19th Hussars. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." He. was Adjutant, 19th Hussars, 1 Jan. 1902, to 31 Dec. 1904, and was promoted to Captain 1 April 1903 ; and to Major 9 July, 1910. Major Binny was killed in action in Flanders 3 March, 1916. He had married, in 1911, Marjorie, third daughter of Henry Champion, of Sibdon Castle, Salop.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BINNY STEUART SCOTT, D.S.O., Lieut.-Col., Comdg. 10th (Service) Battn. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers, and late Major 19th (Queen Alexandra's Own Royal) Hussar's. only s. of the late John Binny, of Sydney, New South Wales, by his wife, Elizabeth Maria (Brent Eleigh, Haywards Heath), dau. of the late Hon. Robert Johnson, M.L.C., of Brooksby, Sydney, New South Wales; and gdson. of the late William Scott Binny, of Queen's Gate Gardens. S.W., late senior partner of Binny & Co., Madras; b. Sydney, New South Wales, 1 July. 1871 educ. Bengeo, co. Herts; Halleybury College, and in Germany: was a very keen cricketer, and member of the M.C.C. and Free Foresters, and a very good shot; gazetted to the 19th Hussars 2 June, 1894; promoted Major 6 July, 1910; served with distinction throughout the South African War of 1900, with his Regiment, including operations in Natal, 1899, and actions at Reitfontein and Lombard's Kop, and Defence of Ladysmith; also operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony (mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 15 Nov. 1901]; D.S.O.; Queen's Medal with three clasps and King's Medal with two clasps); was Adjutant of his Regiment from 1901 to 1904, and of the East Kent Yeomanry 1905-8, and on the Staff at Sandhurst from 1910 to March 1914, when he retired from the Army. On the outbreak of war he was appointed Railway Transport Officer, and later promoted to D.A. Director of Railway Transports, and mentioned in F.M. Sir John (now Lord) French's Despatch [ London Gazette, 1 Jan. 1916]; appointed to command the 10th (Service) Battn. The Royal Welsh Fusiliers Feb. 1916, and was killed instantaneously in action near Ypres, 3 March, 1916, by the bursting of a shell in his dug-out. Buried at Shoilbank, near Zillebeke. He m. at St. Peter's, Eaton Square, W., Jan. 1911, Marjorie, dau. of Henry Champion, of Sibdon Castle, co. Salop, and had two children: John Anthony Francis, b. at 11, The Terrace, Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 13 Dec. 1911, and Susan, b. 15 June, 1914.

BIRCHAM, D.S.O.

Humphrey Francis William

Old Etonian. Lieutenant-Colonel, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 23rd July 1916. Aged 41. Son of Francis Thomas and Edith Bircham, of Gwentland, Chepstow; husband of Gladys Violet Bircham, of 24, Gerald Road, South Eaton Place, London. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Buried in CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot 1. Row F. Grave 34.

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 published by Naval & Military Press:

BIRCHAM, HUMPHREY FRANCIS WILLIAM, Major, entered the Army 12 Feb. 1896 ; became Lieutenant 14 Sept. 1898 ; Captain 25 Oct. 1901, and Major 14 Feb. 1914. Major Bircham served in the European War, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 23 June, 1915] : " Humphrey Francis William Bircham, Major, King's Royal Rifle Corps. For distinguished service in the field." He died of wounds 23 July, 1916.

BIRD

Wilfred Stanley

Lieutenant, 5th Battalion attached 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 9th May 1915. Born 28th September 1883 in Yiewsley, Middlesex. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 32 and 33.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BIRD, WILFRED STANLEY, M.A. Oxon, Lieut., 6th (Reserve), attached 2nd, Battn. King's Royal Rifle Corps, s. of the Rev. Henry George Bird, MA., Rector of Newdigate, co. Surrey. by his wife, Henrietta Maria, dau. of William Greenham, of Hendford House, near Yeovil, J.P.; b. Yiewsley Vicarage, co. Middlesex, 28 Sept. 1883. He commenced his education at the Grange (Preparatory) School, Eastbourne, where he captained the cricket and football teams, and was an immense favourite with the masters and boys alike. He later proceeded to Malvern and entered the College at the time Canon Sidney James came to be Headmaster. There he represented his College in cricket, fives and football. His company also won the College Cup for military drill. In 1902 he was entered at New College, Oxford, and his early promise of being a leading sportsman was fully realised. He represented Oxford in cricket on three successive seasons, and was Captain of the Oxford side in 1906. He was a member of the Middlesex Team, though circumstances prevented him from playing in more than two or three matches during the season. He played for the Gentlemen against the Players, and was asked to represent England in South Africa and Australia. He was an extremely careful and good batsman, but specially excelled as a wicket keeper, and one of the best known captains in England said: "He is the best wicket keeper I ever saw." After leaving Oxford. where he won for himself many friends, he became a master at Ludgrove. It was here that he spent the last eight years of his life. His record there is a fulfilment of the promise of his early days at Eastbourne and Malvern, and his keenness on everything to do with Ludgrove, and his willingness to put himself out for others, endeared him to masters and boys alike. He was immensely happy there and it was a terrific struggle to answer the call, but ho never failed to recognise his duty. A member of the O.T.C., be was gazetted Lieut. to the 6th Battn. of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, 29 Dec. 1914, and was afterwards attached to the 2nd Battn. at the Front. He was killed, 9 May, 1915, while gallantly leading his platoon near Richebourg St. V aast; unm. His Major wrote of him: "Bird was gallantly leading his men when he was shot, and died instantly." He adds: "Bird was a splendid fellow, and a very promising officer and very popular with officers and men alike. I am more than sorry to lose him."

His profile from Cricinfo - Wisden Cricketers' Almanack :

Lieut. Wilfrid Stanley Bird (6th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps.) was born at Yiewsley, Middlesex, September 28, 1883, and killed in action on April 9. He was educated at the Grange, Eastbourne, where he was captain of the cricket and football elevens, and afterwards at Malvern, where he represented the College at cricket, football and fives. He was in the Malvern eleven in 1900-1-2, among his contemporaries being A.P. Day and G. N. Foster. Going up to Oxford with good credentials as a wicket-keeper he would in the ordinary course of events have stepped straight into the eleven, but Oxford in 1903 had a wicket-keeper of established reputation in W. Findlay. However, he kept wicket for Oxford in 1904-5-6, being captain of the eleven his last year. As a wicket-keeper he had not the genius of Martyn or Macgregor, but he was decidedly above the average. It was his privilege to keep wicket for the Gentlemen at Lord's in 1908 and 1912. He also played on a few occasions for Middlesex. His skill was, perhaps, never seen to better advantage than when keeping to D. W. Carr's googlies at Scarborough in 1909. As a batsman he was only moderate, but he helped the late W. H. B. Evans to save the University match in 1904. He was a master at Ludgrove School for several years, and was gazetted to the King's Royal Rifles in January, 1915. He had been a member of the M.C.C. since 1905.

BLACKBURNE, MiD

John George

Major, 9th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Killed in action 22nd August 1915. Aged 42. Son of John George Lees Blackburne and Mary Shadforth Boger Blackburne, of Dryclough, Oldham; husband of Lilian Monica Blackburne, of New Century Club, Hay Hill, London, W.1. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Buried in GREEN HILL CEMETERY, Turkey. Plot I. Row C. Grave 2. See also Charterhouse School War Memorial

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BLACKBURNE, JOHN GEORGE, Major (temp.) and 2nd in Command, 9th (Service) Battn. The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regt.), eldest s. of the late Charles Edward Blackburne, of Oldham, by his wife, Mary (now wife of William Shadforth Boger, of St, Leonards-on-Sea), dau. of John Riley; b. Oldham, co. Lancashire, 12 March 1872; educ. Charterhouse, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 1st Battn. (45th Foot) Sherwood Foresters, 19 Nov. 1892; was promoted a Leiut. 3 April, 1895, and retired 1899. He afterwards served in the 45th Coy., Imperial Yeomanry (Irish hunt Contingent), during the South African War 9Medal), and when the European War broke out in 1914, joined the Reserve of Officers as a Lieut. 2 Sept. He was appointed temp. Major and 2nd in Command of the 9th Battn. of his old Regiment 29 Oct. 1914; went with it to the Dardenelles 30 June, 1915, and was killed in action 21 Aug. following. he was mentioned in Despatches by Sir Ian Hamilton [London gazette, 28 Jan. 1916], for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and general H.P. maxwell wrote: "I saw a great deal of your husband as I had to be constantly up and down the trenches, and it was during this time I fully grasped his value as a soldier. He had no Adjutant or Quartermaster, and only two youngsters with him, and had to do the work of ten, and was always so full of good spirits and encouragement to his men and example to all, and, above all, never complaining. God knows how I felt for them all; no words of mine can express the courage and determination of all ranks, and the debt I owe them is inestimable. We left those lines in the night of the 20th, and went down to the beach and got ready for the big battle next day. We were in Divisional Reserve, with orders to push through at all costs, the attack to start at 3 p.m. The Battalion consisted then of about 1,600 men, and I had to divide the officers who were left so that each battalion had only four or five officers. The Sherwoods were the leading battalion. The last I saw of your husband was on the top of Sula baba, as I gave him and his Commanding Officer final directions, and pointed out the line of attack and wished them good luck. Your husband was in front with the leading company, and I watched them all down the hill and into the plain, and followed myself with Colonel Bosanquet and the rear company. On the low ground I lost sight of the leading lines, and after about a mile I had to stop and send a report, and give instructions to the other battalion who were coming up to the rear. I never saw either of them again." general Hammesley also wrote: "Major Blackburne was perfectly splendid in every way, and everyone was simply devoted to him. While Major Blackburne was in command for some time when the Colonel was wounded, he did splendidly. I couldn't say enough to his praise"; and added that he was a terrible loss to the Regiment and the country, as he was such a fine soldier and so splendid in every way, and all ranks regretted his loss, and a brother officer: "It seems that on the 21st August, about 3 p.m., a party of men were held up by the enemy's fire south of Chocolate Hill. Major Blackburne went to rally these and get them forward. he then shouted, 'Are there any Sherwoods here?' and 15 men got up; these he led forward and was shot while jumping a bush. His body was afterwards recovered and buried by another unit. His loss was felt by all the battalion, and we were left without a leader who had worked wonders in organizing those men left after the advance of Aug. 9th." he was a well-known cricketer, was in the Charterhouse XI., played for the Army in ireland and for Devonshire County, also for the Free Foresters and M.C.C., Na Shuler and Phoenix. he was also much interested in literary work. He m. at St. peter's and St. Edward's Church, Palace Gate, S.W., 31 Aug. 1897, Lilian Monica (4, Ashburn Place, S.W.), dau. of the late Major William Blount, of the 7th Madras N.I.; s.p.

BLACKETT

William Stewart Burdett

[Listed as Lieutenant on SDGW] Captain, Leicestershire Yeomanry. Died of wounds 25th November 1914. Aged 41. Son of Capt. Blackett (R.N.); husband of Mrs. Blackett Swiny, of Arbigland, Dumfries. Served in the South African Campaign with Grenadier Guards. Buried in POPERINGE COMMUNAL CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row B. Grave 1.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BLACKETT, WILLIAM STEWART BURDETT, of Arbigland, co. Dumfries, and Manton Grange, Oakham. co. Rutland, Capt., Leicestershire Yeomanry, late Grenadier Guards. eldest s. of the late Capt. Archibald Campbell Steuart Blackett, R.N., by his wife, Clara Blanche Harriet, eldest dau. of Lieut.-Col. Charles Sedley Burdett, Coldstream Guards, and nephew and heir of Christopher Edward Blackett, of Arbigland, J.P., Lieut.-Col. 26th and 93rd Regts. and Coldstream Guards [a cadet of the family of Blackett, of Wylam, co. Northumberland] ; b. London, 24 Oct. 1873 ; educ. Wellington and Sandhurst ; joined the 3rd Grenadier Guards 8 May, 1895, becoming Lieut. 12 Feb. 1898, and Capt. 1901. He served through the South African War, 1899-1902, in the 8th Division under General Rundle, was present at the Battle of Biddulphsberg, and received the Queen's medal with two clasps and the King's with two clasps. He retired in 1903, but on the outbreak of war joined the Leicestershire Yeomanry, and was gazetted 15 Aug. 1914. He went to France with the Expeditionary Force, was wounded in action near Ypres on 20 Nov. 1914, and died in a French hospital at Poperinghe 24 Nov. following, and was buried there. He m. Staplestown Church, Carlow, 6 April, 1907. Kathleen Prudence Eirene (Arbigland, Dumfries), dau. of Beauchamp Frederick Bagenal, of Benekerry House, co. Carlow, D.L., and had a son, Christopher William Stewart Blackett, now of Arbigland, b. 27 April, 1908.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

CAPTAIN WILLIAM STEWART BURDETT BLACKETT attd. LEICESTERSHIRE YEOMANRY, formerly 3rd GRENADIER GUARDS, (of Arbigland, Dumfries), was born in 1873, and was the only son of Commander A. S. Blackett, R.N. Captain Blackett was the nephew and heir of his uncle, Colonel Blackett, of Arbigland, Dumfries.

He was educated at Wellington College, and at the R.M.C., Sandhurst, and joined the Grenadier Guards in May, 1895, being promoted Lieutenant in February, 1898, and Captain in May, 1900.

With the 3rd Battalion he served during the whole of the South African War, for which he received the Queen's medal with three clasps, and the King's medal with two clasps.

In the Great War he was attached for service to the Leicestershire Yeomanry, and died on the 24th November, 1914, from wounds received at Ypres on the 20th November.

Captain Blackett was a keen fisherman and cricketer, and fond of hunting and shooting. He was a member of the Guards', Bachelors', and Army and Navy Clubs.

He married Kathleen Prudence Eirene, youngest daughter of B. F. Bagenal, D.L., of Benekerry, Carlow, and left one son, C. W. S. Blackett, born 1908.

BLAKE

Cecil Rodolph

[Also listed as Cecil Rudolph BLAKE in some records] Old Etonian. Captain, 10th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 4th April 1917. Baptised 3rd December 1882 in Welwyn, Hertford, son of Arthur Maurice and Isabel Blake; brother of Maurice Frederice Blake (below). In the 1891 census he was aged 8, born Welwyn, Hertfordshire, son of Arthur M and Isabel Blake, resident Danesbury, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 28, born Welwyn, Hertfordshire, a Barrister, single, a Resident Member at Ingram House Residential Club, Ingram House, 40-46 Stockwell Road, Stockwell, London S.W. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1917:

BLAKE Cecil Rodolph of Danesbury Welwyn Hertfordshire and East Close Hinton Admiral Hampshire captain Kings Royal Rifle Corps died 4 April in France on active service Probate London 26 May to Evelyn Blake spinster.
Effects £6596 6s. 4d.

BLAKE

Maurice Frederice

Lieutenant Maurice Frederick Blake
IWM (HU 113949)
Old Etonian. Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 14th September 1914. Born 6th October 1881. Baptised 6th November 1881 in Welwyn, Hertfordshire. Son of Isabel and Arthur M Blake; brother of Cecil Rodoloph Blake (above). In the 1891 census he was aged 9, born Welwyn, Hertfordshire, son of Arthur M and Isabel Blake, resident Danesbury, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. In the 1911 census he was aged 29, born Danesbury, Hampshire, single, a Company Officer, Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, King' Royal Rifle Corps, resident Shorncliffe Camp, Cheriton, Kent. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

BLANE

James Pitcairn

Captain, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 23rd November 1915. Baptised 6th August 1883 in Horstead, Norwich, son of Arthur Rodney and Mary Georgina Blake. Son of Captain (R.N. Retired) Rodney Blane and Mary Georgina Blane, of 44, Montpelier St., Kensington, London. Native of Norwich. In the 1901 census he was aged 17, a school boy, son of Mary G Blane (a widow), resident 56, St Georges Square, St George Hanover Square, London & Middlesex. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot II. Row A. Grave 6.

BODEN

Anthony Drummond

Major Anthony Drummond Boden
IWM (HU 114010)
Old Etonian. Major, Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action 24th September 1914. Aged 43. Born 24th September 1872 in Derby, Deryshire. Son of Henry Boden, Esq., of The "Friary," Derby; husband of Nathalie (nee Barran) Boden, of 15, Pelham Place, South Kensington, London, married March to June Quarter 1914 in Kensington Registration Ditrict, London. Passed out of Military College 1891. Height 5 feet 6½ inches. Served in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Malta before the war. Saw action in South Africa in 1900-1902. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1916:

BODEN Anthony Drummond of Marysboro' House Glanmire county Cork Ireland major Rifle Brigade died on or since 24 September 1914 at or near Soupir in France Probate London 2 June to Reginald Sam Boden director and sir Joseph Nicholson Barran baronet M.P.
Effects £34609 5s.

BOLITHO, D.S.O.

William Edward Thomas

Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding Royal 1st Devon Yeomanry. Died 21st February 1919 in Bath. Aged 56. Born 2nd July 1862, Polwithen, Madron, Penzance, Cornwall. Son of William Bolitho and Mary H. Bolitho, of Polwithen, Penzance; husband of Ethel Grace Bolitho (nee Macleod), of Trevelloe, Paul, Penzance. Played cricket for Oxford University between 1883 and 1885. Served in the South African Campaign. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Buried north-east of the church, beside the path, in ST. GULVAL CHURCHYARD, GULVAL, Cornwall. See also Madron War Memorial, Cornwall and also Penzance War Memorial, Cornwall and Paul War Memorial, Cornwall

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 published by Naval & Military Press:

BOLITHO, WILLIAM EDWARD THOMAS, Major, was born at Penzance 2 July, 1862, son of the late William Bolitho, of Polwithen, He was educated at Harrow, and Trinity College, Oxford. He played for Harrow and Oxford at Lord's Cricket, Ground (two years for Harrow, and two years for Oxford). He joined, as Second Lieutenant, the 1st Royal Devon Yeomanry in May, 1889; served with the 7th Battn. 27th Imperial Yeomanry in the South African War, 1900-1 ; was wounded at, Noitgedacht, Transvaal, Nov. 1900 ; took part in advance to Pretoria, Battle of Diamond Hill, and holding the Mahaliesburg range of hills. He was mentioned twice in Despatches, and created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 Sept. 1901] " William Edward Thomas Bolitho, Major, 7th Battn. Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." The Insignia were presented by the King 29 Oct. 1901. He won the D.S.O. at Noitgedacht, Transvaal, when he led a forlorn hope up the kloof in the early morning, front General Clement's Camp, to relieve the Northumberland Fusiliers on top of the hill. He was wounded in the thigh, and lay out with his men for two days before being fetched in to an ambulance. He became Captain, 1st Royal Devon Yeomanry, 7 Aug. 1914. He became Acting Lieutenant-Colonel, 2/1st Royal Devon Yeomanry 15 Sept. 1914, and commanded the Itegt. until 11 Nov. 1918, when he resigned on account of had health, and went to Bath for treatment, where he died on 21 Feb. 1919. Lieut.-Colonel Bolitho was joint Master of the Foxhounds (Western), and hunted the hounds himself. Hunting was his great passion ; he was also a good cricketer and fisherman. He had married, at Iverness, 21 June, 1888, Ethel Grace Macleod, daughter of R. B. Ææas Macleod, of Cadboll, and they have two sons : William Torquill Macleod (late 19th Hussars ; killed in action 24 May, 1915), and Simon Bruce (who died in 1910) ; and one daughter, Brenda Grace.

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BOND

Charles Gordon

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh's (Wiltshire Regiment). Killed in action 25th November 1915. Aged 34. Born 18th July 1881 in Savernake, Wilthsire. Son of the Rev. Gordon Bond, of Savernake, Wiltshire; husband of Dorothy Melian Bond, of Thistledown, Bude, Cornwall. Educated at Sherborne Collge and Cambridge University. Entered Military Service from University 1903. Height 5 feet 10½ inches. Buried in GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row G. Grave 6. See also Cambridge University, Trinity College

BONHAM-CARTER

Norman

Second Lieutenant, Household Battalion, Household Cavalry. Killed in action at at Roeux on the Scarpe, 3rd May 1917. Aged 39.Matriculated 1886 Balliol College, Oxford University. Married Eileen Beatrice Silk, in St Andrew, Ashley Place, St. George Hanover Square, Middlesex October to December Quarter 1910. Buried in CRUMP TRENCH BRITISH CEMETERY, FAMPOUX, Pas de Calais, France. Plot II. Row C. Grave 7.

Extract from Reading Mercury - Saturday 12 May 1917, page 7:

Bonham-Carter.— Killed in action, on May 3, Norman Bonham-Carter. late I.C.S., and Second Lieut. Household Battalion, dearly loved husband of Eileen Bonham-Carter, and fourth son of Henry Bonham-Carter, Esquire, aged 49.

Extract from Maidstone Telegraph - Saturday 19 May 1917, page 5:

Second Lieut. Norman Bonham-Carter, Household Battalion, killed on the 3rd inst., was born in 1867. In May, 1915, he accepted a commission in the West Kent Yeomanry, with which he served until December last, when ho transferred to the Household Battalion and was shortly afterward's sent to the Front. Previous to the war he held important positions in the Indian Civil. Service.

BOSCAWEN, D.S.O.

the Hon George Edward

Old Etonian. Major, 116th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 7th June 1918. Aged 29. Son of the late 7th Viscount Falmouth, K.C.V.O., C.B., D.L., J.P., and of Viscountess Falmouth, of 11, Stanhope Place, Connaught Square, London. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). Commemorated on Notre Dame-de-Liesse Memorial 9, LA VILLE-AUX-BOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France.

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 published by Naval & Military Press:

BOSCAWEN, THE HONOURABLE GEORGE EDWARD, Lieut., was born 6 Dec. 1888, second son of the 7th Viscount Falmouth and Kathleen, daughter of the 2nd Lord Penrhyn. He entered the Army in Dec. 1907. He served in the European War from 1914 ; became Captain 30 Oct. 1914 ; was mentioned in Despatches, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 9 Nov. 1914] : " The Honourable George Edward Boscawen, Lieut., Royal Field Artillery. For gallantly fighting his section of guns in front of La Bassée on 13 Oct., when all his detachment except himself were wounded, and all infantry had fallen back from where the guns were." The award of his D.S.O. was published in the first list gazetted for the European War. He became Captain 30 Oct. 1914, and was given the Brevet of Major. He died of wounds 27 May, 1918.

BOWKER

Francis Jearrad

Lieutenant-Colonel, 1st/4th Battalion (Territorial), Hampshire Regiment. Killed in action 21st January 1916. Aged 47. Son of Alexander and Charlotte Bowker; husband of Esme Nicoll (formerly Bowker), of 2, Albert Place, Victoria Rd., Kensington, London. Buried in AMARA WAR CEMETERY, Iraq, Plot XIX. Row D. Grave 1.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BOWKER, FRANCIS JEARRAD, Lieut.-Col., 1/4th Battn. The Hampshire Regt. (T.F.), late Major Hampshire Regt., 3rd s. of the late Alexander Bowker, of Dersingham, co. Norfolk, by his wife. Charlotte, dau. of George Smith, of Paddockhurst, co. Sussex; b. Paddockhurst aforesaid, 24 July, 1868; educ. Harrow, and Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 22 Aug. 1888; became Lieut. 4 Jan. 1890, and Capt. 27 March, 1897: was A.D.C. to Major-General Sir C. B. Knowles, K.C.B., Commanding the Infantry Brigade, Malta, 10 Feb. 1894, to 30 Sept. 1895, and to the same when Major-General Commanding in Egypt. 1 Oct. 1895, to 13 Aug. 1897; served in the South African War Jan. 1900. to July, 1902; took part in the operations in the Orange Free state Feb. to May, 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17-26 Feb. 1900); actions at Poplar Grove, Karee Siding, Vet River (5-6May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg and Pretoria (mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July, 1902]; brevet of Major; Queen's Medal with three clasps and King's Medal with two clasps); promoted Major 27 Sept. 1905, and retired from the Army and joined the Reserve of Officers 8 Aug. 1908. On the outbreak of war in Aug. 1914, he rejoined the Depot at Winchester until given command of 1/4th Territorial Battalion Hampshire Regt. in Sept.; went to Poona, India, in that month with the battalion, thence to Rawal Pindi, and from there to Mesopotamia in March, 1915; was wounded at Nasariyeh in July, and was killed in action at Orah Creek on the River Tigris 21 Jan. 1916. He was twice mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette. ?], for his services in Mesopotamia. He m. at Cairo, 20 April, 1897, Esme, (Longparish, co. Hants), dau. of the late Rev. George Elliott, of Egland. Honiton. co. Devon, and had two children: Charles, b. 29 Aug. 1898, and James, b. 2 July, 1901.

BOWLBY

Geoffrey Vaux Salvin

Old Etonian. Captain, Royal Horse Guards (The Blues). Killed in action 13th May 1915. Son of Mrs. Salvin Bowlby, of 56, Lowndes Square, London husband of The Hon. Mrs. Geoffrey Bowlby, of Croughton House, Brackley, Northants. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 3.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BOWLBY, GEOFFREY VAUX SALVIN, Capt., Royal Horse Guards (The Blues), 6th but 2nd surviving s. of the late Edward Salvin Bowlby, of Gilston Park, Harlow, Essex, and Knoydart, Inverness, J.P., D.L., by his 2nd wife, Elizabeth, dau. of Robert Vans-Agnew, of Barnbarroch, and Sheuchan, co. Wigtown; b. London, 1 Dec. 1884 ; educ. Eton, and joined the Royal Horse Guards from the Militia (King's Own Scottish Borderers) as 2nd Lieut., 9 March, 1901. He was promoted Lieut. 1 Feb. 1905, and Capt. 6 May, 1908. Ile went to Ireland in 1909 as A.D.C. to Sir Neville Lyttleton, returning to his regt. in Sept. 1910 to take over the Adjutancy which he held to Sept. 1913. On the outbreak of war he was sent to France in advance of the composite regt., as billeting officer to the 4th Cavalry Brigade, rejoining his regt. the day before the battle of Mons. After the fight at Wytschaete, 29 Oct.-1 Nov. 1914, Capt. Bowlby was the senior officer left and took over command of the composite regt. for a short time, until each squadron went back to its own regt. On rejoining the "Blues" he commanded the A Squadron. He was killed leading his squadron in a charge across 1,000 yards of open country north of Bellewarde Farm, during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, on the afternoon of 13 May, 1915. His commanding officer wrote : "I cannot tell you what a loss he is to the regt.; he was as gallant as he could be and a magnificent soldier. He was so keen and energetic and proud of his squadron, of which he took the greatest care." Capt. Bowlby was a fine polo player, and enjoyed great popularity at the London grounds. In his day there were few to surpass him in skill and dash. For several seasons he was No. 1 in the Blues' team, and in two years (1910 and 1912) he helped the side to win the Inter-Regimental Cup at Burlingham. The other members of those victorious sides were: Capt. Lord Alastair Innes-Ker, Capt. H. E. Brassey, and Capt. J. F. Harrison. Capt. Bowlby was in the team again in 1913 and in 1914, but his regt. was in both years beaten by the 1st Life Guards. He m. at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, 18 Oct. 1911, the Hon. Lettice, née Annesley, 4th dau. of Arthur, 11th Viscount Valentia, C.B., M.V.O., and had two children: John Edward Richard, b. 8 May, 1914 ; and Elizabeth Mary, b. 3 Feb. 1913.

BOWLES

James Arthur

Lieutenant, Adjutant to 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 26th August 1914. Aged 31. Son of Maj. Gen. F. A. Bowles, R.A., of Hartnolls, Tiverton Devon; husband of Dorothy Emily Bowles, of The Warren Farm, Knockdown, Tetbury, Glos. Commemorated in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Special Memorial A. 10.

Note: Le Cateau had been a German railhead and an important hospital centre, and the military cemetery was laid out in February 1916, with separate plots for the Commonwealth and German dead. It contains the graves of over 5,000 German soldiers, in part burials made during the occupation, the rest brought in from other German cemeteries after the Armistice. A separate plot contains the graves of 34 Russian prisoners of war. The Commonwealth plots contain 698 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 187 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 20 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

LIEUTENANT JAMES ARTHUR BOWLES, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, was born on March 9th, 1883, and was the son of General F. A. Bowles, C.B., Royal Artillery, and was educated at Boxgrove School, Guildford, Surrey ; Clifton College, and the Royal Military Academy.

He obtained his first Commission in the Royal Artillery in July, 1902. From 1909-12 he served on the Staff as A.D.C. to his father, General F. A. Bowles, when commanding at Devonport. In April, 1912, he joined the 28th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, and in the same year was appointed Adjutant of the Brigade. Previous to this he had served with the 132nd Battery at Fermoy, and in the Royal Horse Artillery at the Depot, Woolwich.

He was killed in action at Le Cateau, France, on the 26th August, 1914.

He married Dorothy Emily, youngest daughter of Mrs. Bainbridge and the late Rear-Admiral J. II. Bainbridge, of "Elfordleigh," Plympton, South Devon, and "Frankfield," Cork. Ireland, and left two children, Rose Ella Moina, born 26th June, 1912, and Ruth Kathleen, horn 26th September, 1913.

Lieutenant Bowles was a member of the Junior Army and Navy Club.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BOWLES, JAMES ARTHUR, Lieut., R.F.A., s. of General F. A. Bowles, C.B., R.A.: b. 9 March. 1883; educ. Boxgrove School, Guildford; Clifton College, and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; gazetted 2nd Lieut. R.A.:11 July, 1902; promoted Lieut. 31 July, 1905; was A.D.C. to his father, when he was G.O.C. South-West Coast Defence, Southern'Command, from 1 Aug. 1909, to 16 April. 1912, after which he joined the 28th Brigade, R.F.A., being appointed Adjutant of the Brigade 1 Feb. 1913; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at Le Cateau 26 Aug. 1914. He m. Dorothy Emily, yst. dau. of the late Rear-Admiral J. H. Bainbridge, of Elfordleigh, Plympton, South Devon, and of Frankfield. co. Cork, and had two dam.: Rose Ella Moina, b. 26 June, 1912, and Ruth Kathleen, b. 26 Sept. 1913.

BRADFORD, Baronet

Sir Evelyn Ridley

Old Etonian. Lieutenant-Colonel, commanding 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, the Duke of Albany's). Killed in action 14th September 1914 near Bucy-le-Long, Soissons, France. Aged 47. Born 16th April 1869, Goonha, India. Son of the late Col. Sir Edward Bradford, 1st Bart., and of Lady Bradford (nee Knight); husband of Elsie Clifton, Lady Bradford (nee Brown) of Medstead Manor, Alton, Hants. Buried in CROUY-VAUXROT FRENCH NATIONAL CEMETERY, CROUY, Aisne, France. Plot/Row/Section B. Grave 11.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

LIEUTENANT-COLONEL SIR EVELYN RIDLEY BRADFORD, BART., p.s.c., COMMANDING 2nd BATTN. SEA-FORTH HIGHLANDERS (ROSS-SHIRE BUFFS, THE DUKE OF ALBANY'S), was the second son of the late Colonel Sir Edward R. C. Bradford, Bart., some time Commissioner of Police, and was born on the 16th April, 1869.

Educated at Eton and the R.M.C., Sandhurst, he was gazetted to the Seaforth Highlanders in August, 1888, becoming Lieutenant in June. 1890, and Captain in July, 1895. As an Officer qualified for Staff employment in consequence of service on the Staff in the Field, and as a Staff College Graduate, he had considerable Staff service at home and abroad, in peace and in war. He served with his battalion in the Nile Expedition of 1898, being present at the battles of Atbara and Khartoum. From May, 1899, to January, 1900, he was A.D.C. to the Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Malta. He also went through the South African War, partly with his battalion, and during 1901-1902 as a Staff Officer and as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General, being present at operations in the Orange Free State from February to May, 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein; at operations in the Orange River Colony from May to November, 1900, including action at Wittebergen, and again from the latter date to January, 1901; at operations in Cape Colony from February to March, 1901. For his services he was twice mentioned in Despatches ("London Gazette," 7th May and 10th September, 1901), was placed on the list of Officers qualified for Staff employment, and received his Brevet Majority June, 1902, the Queen's medal with four clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. After returning to England he held appointments as Brigade-Major at Aldershot, Commander of a Company of Gentlemen Cadets (General Staff Officer second grade), and a General Staff Officer at Head-quarters of the Army, War Office.

He obtained his substantive majority in March, 1905. and reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in May, 1913, succeeding to the command of the 2nd Battalion of his Regiment in June, 1913. He took his battalion to the front, in August, 1914. For his services in the earlier part of the war he was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of 8th October, 1914. He was killed in action by a shell on the 14th September, 1914, at the battle of the Aisne. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir E. Bradford was a cricketer, and played for the county of Hampshire, and for the Army.

He married in 1909, Elsie Clifton, daughter of Colonel J. Clifton Brown, who survives him, and left three sons, Edward Montagu Andrew, born November, 1910—who succeeds to the title—Ridley Lewkenor, born April, 1912, and Donald Clifton, born May, 1914.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BRADFORD, SIR EVELYN RIDLEY, 2nd Bt., Lieut.-Col. 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, eldest s. of Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, 1st Bt., some time (1890-1903) Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, and an extra Equerry to His Majesty the King, by his 1st wife, Elizabeth Adela, dau. of Edward Knight, of Chanton House, Alton; b. India, 16 April, 1869; educ. Eton and Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 22 Aug. 1888, and promoted Lieut 11 June, 1890, Capt. 3 July 1895, Major 26 June, 1902, Brevet Lieut.-Col. 10 May, 1913, and Lieut.-Col. 10 June, 1913. He served with the Soudan Expedition in 1898, being present at the Battles of the Atbara and Khartoum, and on the staff in the South African War, 1899-1902. He took part in the operations in the Orange Free State from May to 29 Nov. 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove, and Driefontein, and Witteberjer (1-29 July), and during the operations in Cape Colony, Feb.-March, 1901. His services were twice mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 7 May and 10 Sept. 1901], and in addition to the Queen's medal with four clasps and the King's medal with two clasps, he received his brevet majority and was placed on the list of officers considered qualified for staff employment in consequence of service on the Staff in the field. At the time of the outbreak of the European War he was in command of the 2nd Battn. of the Seaforths, the old 78th. and took them out from Shorncliffe in Brig.-Gen. J. A. L. Haldane's 10th Infantry Brigade, which was brought up from the lines of communication in France to cover the retirement of the Expeditionary Force on Cambray. This duty was performed in the centre of the line by Major-Gen. Snow's 4th Division, consisting of the 10th, 11th and 12th Infantry Brigades. These units broke the front of the German pursuit, and suffered in consequence as the 1st and 2nd Army Corps fell back. He was killed in action at the Battle of the Aisne, 14 Sept. 1914, and was buried at Bucy Le Long, near Soissons. Sir Edward Bradford was a famous cricketer and played many fine games for Hampshire and the Army with Major Poore and Capt. Wynyard, of the Staff College, as contemporaries, the last time he played in the County Eleven being against Surrey, at Aldershot, in 1902 He m. at Colgate, Faygate, Sussex, 25 Nov. 1909, Elsie Surrey, 3rd dau. of Col. James Clifton Brown, and had three children: Sir Edward Montagu Andrew, now 3rd Bt., b. 30 Nov. 1910; Ridley Lewkenor, b. 11 April, 1912, and Donald Clifton, b. 22 May, 1911.

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SIR EVELYN RIDLEY BRADFORD, 2nd Bart., Colonel of the Seaforth Highlanders, was killed in action in France in September. Born on April 16, 1869, he was thus in his forty-sixth year at the time of his death. He was a fine batsman with good defence, a safe field and a fast bowler whose action was not approved by several first-class umpires. Whilst playing for Hampshire in 1899 he was no-balled by White and Pickett in the match with the Australians at Southampton, and by A. F. Smith at Leicester. In the last-mentioned game, however, he scored 102, the next highest score in the innings being only 39, and this was his best batting performance for his county. Against Essex at Southampton three years before he had taken six wickets for 28 runs in the first innings and five for 40 in the second. In military matches he was a heavy run-getter, and as recently as May, 1913, had played an innings of 251 for Shorncliffe Garrison against Folkestone. For Aldershot Command v. Incogniti in May, 1895, he scored 248. His father, the Chief Commissioner of London Police, married twice, his first wife being a daughter of Edward Knight, of Hampshire and Kent, and his second a daughter of William Nicholson, of Harrow and M.C.C. Through his grandfather, Col. Bradford was thus related to a whole host of famous cricketers, including the Jenners, Normans, Nepeans, Barnards, Bonham-Carters, Wathens, and Dykes.

BRAKSPEAR

Ronald William

Major, 8th Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regiment). Died of wounds 2nd October 1915. Aged 39. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George Brakspear, of Glenwood, Silverdale Rd., Eastbourne, Sussex, and of Copse Hill, Henley-on-Thames. Buried in ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row B. Grave 8. See also Henley-on-Thames Memorial and Charterhouse School.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BRAKSPEAR, RONALD WILLIAM, Major, 8th (Service) Battn. Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regt.), eldest s. of the late George Edward Brakspear, of Henley-on-Thames, a Director of Messrs. W. H. Brakspear & Sons, Ltd. by his wife, Florence (Glenwood, Silverdale Road, East- bourne), dau. of the Rev. F. R. Perry; b. Henley-on-Thames, 12 Nov. 18..; educ. Charterhouse; served as a Capt. in the Royal Bucks Militia for three years in Ireland, at the time of the Boer War. On the outbreak of war he volunteered for foreign service, and obtained a captaincy in the 8th Berkshire Regt., 1 Nov. 1914, being promoted Major 30 Dec. following; went to France at the end of Aug. 1915, and died at Etaples 2 Oct. following, from wounds received in action during the advance on Hulluch and Loos on 25 Sept. Buried in the Camier Road Cemetery, Etaples. Major Brakspear was a splendid shot and keen golfer. On the declaration of war he gave sufficient money towards the Town Hall at Henley-on-Thames being fitted up as a hospital, in which he took a great interest; unm.

BRAND

Wilfred John Harvey

Old Etonian. Major, 14th Battalion (London Scottish), London Regiment. Died 20th January 1920. Aged 49. Baptised 15 July 1870 in Streatham, Surrey. Son of James and Mary Julia Brand, of Sanderstead Court, South Croydon; husband of Ethel Ellen (nee Stevens) Brand, of 5, Upper Hamilton Terrace, St. John's Wood, London, married 4th July 1895 in Sanderstead, All Saints, Surrey. Left Eton College in 1887. In the 1901 census he was aged 30, born Midhurst, Sussex, a Stock & Share broker, husband of Ethel E Brand, son-in-law of Jeannette Stevens, resident Heatherdene, St Georges Drive, Oatlands, Walton on Thames, Chertsey, Surrey. Buried in the south-west part of ST. ANDREW CHURCHYARD, KINGSWOOD, Surrey.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1920:

BRAND Wilfred John Harvey of 5 Upper Hamilton-terrace St. John's Wood Middlesex died 24 January 1920 at the London Fever Hospital Liverpool-road Islington Middlesex Probate London 10 May to James Harvey Brand esquire.
Effects £18930 10s. 1d.

BRANDT

Douglas 'Druce' Robert

[Douglas on SDGW and Druce on CWGC] Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Rifle Briagde (The Prince Consort's Own). Died of wounds 6th July 1915. Born 20th October 1887 in Streatham, London. Youngest son of the late Robert E. Brandt and Mrs. Florence Brandt, of 23, Brompton Square, London. He was educated at Hazelwood School from the age of nine and a half and excelled at work and games. He had “the most remarkable combination of mental and physical qualities in the history of the school” leaving there in the summer of 1901 as Head of School. Later the same year he went to Harrow School, where he was in Mr Davidson’s house. He was always first in his form and won almost every school prize, coming first in his class in every year he was there. He was also a member of the school Cricket XI in 1905, 1906 and 1907 as well as being in the Football XI in 1903, 1904 and 1905 being Captain of the football team in his final two years. He was Light Weight Public Schools Boxing Champion in 1903 and threw the cricket ball 120 yards His housemaster wrote of him that he”came nearer to being my ideal of a boy than any boy I have ever known.” In December 1904 he was elected to a Domus Classical Exhibition at Balliol College Oxford which he just failed to convert into a scholarship the following year. He achieved the best First in Honours Moderations of his year. He kept wicket for Oxford against Cambridge in 1907 and would have won a Blue but felt his work was more important. “I hate working for a Blue” he said. He also played football for his college. In 1910 he was elected to a Tutorial Fellowship at Brasenose but felt he should be doing something more practical and as a result he resigned his fellowship in the summer of 1913. He joined the Officer Training Corps where he was a Cadet Lance Sergeant, being promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps on the 18th of March 1911 and Lieutenant on the 10th of January 1913. He resigned this rank on the 12th of December 1913. He then moved to Bermondsey joining the Oxford and Bermondsey Mission to “study the social problem”. Following the outbreak of war, he joined the army and was gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 15th of August 1914 in the 6th Battalion the Rifle Brigade. He joined the battalion at Sheerness where he became Adjutant, Musketry Inspector and was promoted to Lieutenant. He stayed there until May 1915, delayed partly by an accident to his foot and on the 13th of May he went to France attached to the 1st Battalion of his Regiment who were positioned in the Ypres Salient. On July the 5th 1915 he wrote to a friend “It’s very difficult to think of anything beyond tomorrow.” The battalion were detailed to attack the following morning, the 6th of July. The objective of the battalion that day was the occupation of the German trenches on the line of the Cinq Chemins Estaminet- Boesinghe Road, a distance of some fifty yards. At 5am the British Artillery commenced firing on the German front line and after a delay to check that the German wire had been cut the Rifle Brigade went over the top at 6am and they carried the German trenches at 6.11am. Lieutenant Brandt led B Company in this attack and, cheering his men on, fell on the German parapet shot through the heart. The German position was captured and consolidated. He had played cricket for Oxford University 1907-1908. No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 46 - 48 and 50

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BRASSEY

Harold Ernest

Old Etonian. Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Horse Guards (The Blues) attached 8th Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 15th July 1916. Left Eton College in 1894. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). Buried in BOUZINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Somme, France. Plot II. Row F. Grave 1.

BRODHURST

Bernard Maynard Lucas

Major, 1st Battalion, 4th Gurkha Rifles. Died 27th May 1915. Aged 41. Born 6th August 1873, Benares (now Varanasi), Uttar Pradesh, India. Son of the late Mr. Justice Maynard Brodhurst, of the High Court, United Provinces, India, and Mrs. Mary Brodhurst. Buried in LA BRIQUE MILITARY CEMETERY No. 2, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot I. Row G. Grave 21.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 2:

MAJOR BERNARD MAYNARD LUCAS BRODHURST, 1/4th GURKHA RIFLES, was killed in action near Ypres on the 27th April, 1915, while advancing against the German trenches, being at the time in, temporary command of his battalion.

He was the younger son of the late Maynard Brodhurst, I.C.S., Judge of the High Court, North West Provinces, India, and was born on the 6th August, 1873. Educated at Clifton College and the R.M.C., Sandhurst, he was in the Cricket XI ; he also played, when at home, for the M.C.C., of which he was a member, for the Old Cliftonians, and for the Gurkha Brigade in India, and assisted Hampshire in one match.

On passing for the Indian Army he was gazetted to the unattached list in September, 1892, and served for a year in India with the 2nd Battalion, The Border Regiment. In January, 1894, he was appointed to the 1/4th Gurkhas, becoming Lieutenant in December of the same year. In 1900 he was made Adjutant of his battalion, and was promoted Captain in September, 1901. He took part in the Waziristan Expedition, 1894-95, for which he received the medal with clasp, and was on service in China in 1900, receiving the medal. From 1903-06 he was Inspector of Signalling to the Imperial Service troops, having been the first officer to hold the appointment, and he obtained his Majority in September, 1910.

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Born on August 6, 1873, at Benares, India. He was killed in action near Ypres, Belgium, on April 27, 1915, aged 41, while serving as a Major in the 4th Gurkha Rifles.

He played as a fast bowler in the Clifton XI from 1889 to 1891, his best season being 1890 when he took 30 wickets at 14.66. In 1891, when he had a batting average of 15.30, it was said of him: "Would be a most destructive bowler if he could only bowl with the same confidence and luck with which he bats: he has improved in fielding." In 1892 he was in the Sandhurst Eleven. He played once for Hampshire, in the last match of the 1897 season when Leicestershire were defeated at Southampton. He scored 9 but failed to take a wicket in seven overs. [The next entry in the 1916 Wisden Obituaries is that for Sub-Lieut Rupert Brooke, who died four days before Brodhurst. Brooke headed the Rugby Eleven bowling averages in 1906 with 19 wickets at 14.05. Wisden noted: "He had gained considerable reputation as a poet."]

BROUGHTON-ADDERLEY, M.C.

Peter Handcock

Old Etonian. Captain, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of wounds received in action at the Selle River 16th October 1918. Aged 27. Eldest son of H. J. and the Hon. F. M. Broughton-Adderley. Left Eton College in 1910. Matriculated 1910 Exeter College, Oxford University. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Buried in DELSAUX FARM CEMETERY, BEUGNY, Pas de Calais, France. Plot I. Row G. Grave 15.

BROWN

Douglas Crow

From Middlesex, Harrow School Photographs
Of Pupils & Masters 1869-1925
Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment) attached Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Died of wounds 13th September 1917. Aged 25. Son of James Wyld Brown and Primrose Marianne Roose Brown, of Eastrop Grange, Highworth, Wilts. Attended Harrow School, Middlesex, 1906-11. Buried in ZUYDCOOTE MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1918:

BROWN Douglas Crow of Eastrop Grange Highworth Wiltshire lieutenant 3rd battalion Royal Scots died 13 September 1917 in France on active service Administration London 22 April to James Wyld Brown esquire. Effects £466 17s. 2d.

BROWNING

Charles Hunter

Old Etonian. Captain, 124th Battery, 28th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 26th August 1914. Aged 36. Son of Capt. Hugh E. Browning, late of Clapham Park, Beds. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in LE CATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY, Nord, France. Plot III. Row B. Grave 5. See also Clapham War Memorial, Bedfordshire

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BROWNING, Charles Hunter. Captain, 124th Battery, 28th Brigade, R.F.A.. Son of Captain Hugh Edmond Browning of Clapham Park, co. Beds, late 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys). born Clapham aforesaid 9-4-1878, educated Eton and the Royal Military Academy, Woolowich. gazetted 2nd Lieut, R.F.A. 24-6-1898; promoted Lieutenant 16-2-1901; and Captain 13-3-1906, served in the South Africa War 1899-1900; took part in the operations in the Orange Free State Feb to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove and Dreifontein (Queens medal with 2 clasps); served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at Le Cateau 20-8-1914.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

CAPTAIN CHARLES HUNTER BROWNING, 124th BATTERY, XXVIIIth BRIGADE, ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY, son of Captain Hugh Edmond Browning, late of the 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys) of Clapham Park, Bedfordshire, was born at The Woodlands, Clapham, Bedford, on the 9th April, 1878.

He was educated at Eton, where he was captain of the School in 1897, and in the Eton XI (kept wicket) in 1896 and 1897. Proceeding to the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he obtained his commission in the Royal Field Artillery in June, 1898. becoming Lieutenant in February, 1901, and Captain in March, 1908. He served in the South African War, taking part in operations in the Orange Free State, including engagements at Poplar Grove and Driefontein, from February to May, 1900, subsequently receiving the Queen's medal with two clasps.

Captain Browning was killed on the 26th August at Le Cateau, while his battery was under very heavy fire.

He was the prospective Liberal candidate for Windsor at the next election.

BUCKINGHAM

Aubrey Webster

Major, 3rd Battalion attached 1st/5th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Killed in action 17th November 1914. Aged 44. Son of Joseph Hicks Buckingham, of Lancaster Gate, London; husband of Mabel F. Buckingham, Harrietsham Manor, Maidstone, Kent. Buried in YPRES RESERVOIR CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XI. Row D. Grave 33.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BUCKINGHAM, AUBREY WEBSTER, Major, 3rd Battn. Gordon Highlanders, 3rd s. of the late Joseph Hicks Buckingham, of Lancaster Gate, W., and Truro, by his wife, Lucy Webster, dau. of Benjamin Hallewell, of Leeds; b. London, 11 Oct. 1870; educ. Elstree, and Harrow; gazetted Lieut. in the London Scottish volunteers in 1892, and saw service in the South African War, 1899-1902. He took part in the operations in Natal in 1899 in command on volunteer details, and was afterwards appointed garrison adjutant at Green Point Camp, and for his services received the Queen's medal with three clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. He was given the rank of honorary Capt. in the Army, 31 May, 1901, and that of Major 11 Jan. 1902, and was attached to the 3rd Battn. (Reserve of Officers) of the Gordon Highlanders. He settled at Harrietsham in 1902. purchasing a large portion of the Stede Hill Estate and becoming lord of the manor. On the outbreak of war he was transferred to the 1st Battn. and went to the front on 6 Sept. 1914. He was killed in action near lunge, 17 Nov. 1914. Major Buckingham m. at Harrietstham, 2 June, 1908, Mabel Felizardae (Harrietsham Manor, Kent), dau. of the late Col. Walter Reginald Rudge, of Stede Court, Harrietsham, R.A. ; s.p.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

MAJOR AUBREY WEBSTER BUCKINGHAM, 3rd (attd. 1st) BATTN. GORDON HIGHLANDERS, of Harrietsham Manor, Kent, who was killed in action on the 17th November, 1914, near Ypres, was the son of the late J. H. Buckingham, of Lancaster Gate, and was born in 1870. He was educated at Elstree and Harrow (Rendalls 1884-1887), and served in the South African War, being present at operations in Natal in 1899. He was in command of Volunteer details, and afterwards Garrison Adjutant at Green Point Camp, near Capetown. For his services he received the Queen's medal with three clasps, and the King's medal with two clasps. He also had the Coronation medal, 1911.

Major Buckingham was a member of the Junior Athenaeum Club, and of the M.C.C. He was promoted honorary Captain in the Army in May, 1901, and honorary Major in January, 1902. He married Mabel Felizarda, daughter of the late Colonel Walter Rudge, Stede Court, Harrietsham, Kent.

BURNS

William Beaumont

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Worcesterhire Regiment. Killed in action 8th July 1916. Aged 32. Born 29th August 1883, Rugeley, Staffordshire. Played cricket for Worcestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C. See also King'sSchool, Ely Memorial

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BURY

Harold Sterndale Entwisle

Old Etonian. Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Grenadier Guards and Special Reserve. Killed in action 25th January 1915. Aged 26. Son of Henry Entwisle and Angela Mary Bury, of Owlhurst, Weybridge, Surrey. In the 1891 census he was aged 2, born London, Middlesex, son of Henry E and Angela M Bury, resident Courtfield Road, Kensington, London & Middlesex. Left Eton College in 1907. In the 1911 census he was aged 22, born Paddington, London, a Solicitor's Articled Clerk, son of Angela Bury, resident Southdown, Freshwater, Isle of Wight & Hampshire. No known grave. Commemorated on LE TOURET MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 2.

BUTLER

the Hon Brian Danvers

Lieutenant, 13th Battalion attached 7th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 18th August 1916. Born 18th April 1876, Swithland Hall, Leicestershire. Son of 6th Earl of Lanesborough. Played for the MCC 1913-1914. In the 1881 census he was aged 4, born Swithland, Leicestershire, a Scholar, son of John V. D. Buter, Earl of Lanesborough, and Annie E Butler, resident Swithland Hall, Swithland, Leicestershire. In the 1891 census he was aged 14, born Swithland, Leicestershire, a Scholar, son of John V. D. Butler, Earl of Lanesborough, resident Swithland Hall, Main Street, Swithland, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire. In the 1901 census he was aged 24, born Swithland, Leicestershire, a Scholar, son of John V. D. Butler, Earl of Lanesborough, and Annie E Butler, resident Swithland Hall, Main Street, Swithland, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 13 A and 13 B.

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Extract from Leicester Journal - Friday 1 September 1916, page 4:

PERSONAL.

Lieutenant the Hon. Brian Danvers Butler, King's Royal Rifle Corps, whose death is officially announced, was the youngest son of the late Earl of Lanesborough, and brother of the present peer. Be was 40 years of age.

Extract from Leicester Chronicle - Saturday 2 September 1916, page 10:

OFFICERS KILLED.

Lieut. Hon. Brian Danvers Butler, King's Royal Rifle Corps, has been killed in action. Be was the fourth son of the sixth Earl ofLanesborough, and brother of the present peer.

BUTLER, VC, D.S.O.

John Fitzhardinge Paul

Captain, King's Royal Rifle Corps attached Gold Coast Regiment, W.A.F.F. Died of wounds 5th September 1916. Aged 27. Born 20th December 1888 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Son of Lt. Col. Francis John Paul Butler and the Hon. Elspeth Butler; husband of Alice Amelia Butler, of Apsley House, Portfield, Chichester. Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Victoria Cross (VC). Buried in MOROGORO CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot III. Row C. Grave 3. See also Berkeley War Memorial, Gloucestershire

Extract from Symbol of Courage by Max Arthur:

AFRICA - Allied strategy in the war was concentrated on taking German colonies, particularly Togoland, Cameroon, South-West Africa and German East Africa. Fighting in 1914 was in West Africa, where an Anglo-French invasion of Cameroon made swift progress, and in German East Africa, where twelve thousand troops of the Indian Army's Expeditionary Force C were thrown back after an ill-prepared attack on the main port, Tanga.

BUTLER, John Fitzhardinge Paul Lieutenant, King's Royal Rifle Corps, attached Pioneer Coy., Gold Coast Regiment

17 November 1914 – In the Cameroons with a party of thirteen men he went into thick bush and attacked and defeated a much greater force of the enemy. A machine-gun and many loads of ammunition were captured. 27 December 1914 – Whilst on patrol duty with a few men, he swam the Ekam River under heavy fire, carried out his reconnaissance on the far bank and swam back to safety.

Lord Gifford VC was his uncle.

An extract from The London Gazette dated 23rd August 1915:-

"For most conspicuous bravery in the Cameroons, West Africa. On 17th November, 1914, with a party of 13 men, he went into the thick bush and at once attacked the enemy, in strength about 100, including several Europeans, defeated them, and captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On 27th December, 1914, when on patrol duty, with a few men, he swam the Ekam River, which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of a brisk fire, completed his reconnaissance on the further bank, and returned in safety. Two of his men were wounded while he was actually in the water".

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BUTLER, JOHN FITZHARDINGE PAUL, V.C., D.S.O., Capt., 4th Battn. The King's Royal Rifle Corps, only s. of Lieut.-Col. Francis Paul John Butler, of Wyck Hill, co. Gloucester, late 18th Hussars, by his wife, Elspcth Fitzhardinge, dau. of the 2nd Baron Giffard; b. Berkeley, co. Gloucester, 20 Dec. 1888; educ. Wellington College, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst; gazetted 2nd Lieut. King's Royal Rifle Corps 13 Feb. 1907; promoted Lieut. 21 Aug. 1909, and Capt. 4 March, 1915; was employed with the West African Frontier Force from Oct. 1913; served in West and East Africa during the European War 1914-16, and died at Kirunga, East Africa, 4 Sept. 1916, from wounds received in action there. Buried at Matomloo Mipion. Capt. Butler was awarded the Victoria Cross [London Gazette, 23 Aug. 1915]. "for most conspicuous bravery in-the Cameroons, West Africa. On 17 Nov. 1914, with a party of 13 men, he went into the thick bush and at once attacked the enemy, in strength about 100, including several Europeans, defeated them, and captured their machine gun and many loads of ammunition. On 27 Dec. 1914, when on patrol duty, with a few men, he swam the Ekam River, which was held by the enemy, alone and in the face of a brisk fire, completed his reconnaissance on the further bank, and returned in safety. Two of his men were wounded while he was actually in the water," and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 26 June, 1916], for distinguished bravery in the field, being also twice mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished service in the field; unm.

Extract from Distinguished Service Order 1916-1923 published by Naval & Military Press:

BUTLER, J. F. P. (D.S.O. L.G. 26.6.26), Capt., K.R>R>C.: V.C. He was killed in action 4.9.16.

BYNG

Arthur Maitland

Captain, 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 14th September 1914. Aged 42. Son of Lt. Comdr. Arthur Hervey Byng (late R.N.). Member of the M.C.C. Served in the South African War. No known grave. Commemorated on LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL, Seine-et-Marne, France.

Extract from De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1918 1914-1918:

BYNG, ARTHUR MAITLAND, Capt.. 4th Battn. The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.), s. of Major A. H. Byng, late Leinster Regt., formerly Lieut. R.N.; b. Southsea, co. Hants, 26 Oct. 1872 ; educ. The Grange, Cowes, and by an Army tutor at Caen; gazetted 2nd Lieut. West Indian Regt. 28 Sept. 1895; promoted Lieut. 14 Oct. 1897, and Capt. 27 June, 1900. transferring to the Royal Fusiliers 16 March. 1901; served in the South African War 1902, being employed with the Mounted Infantry: took part in the operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony, Jan. to 31 May, 1902 (Queen's Medal with four clasps): was employed with the Egyptian Army from 3 Nov. 1903, to 26 Aug. 1905, and from 20 Nov. 1908, to 19 May, 1912, was Adjutant of the Special Reserve; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders, and was killed in action at Vailly, during the Battle of the Aisne, 14 Sept. 1914.

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

CAPTAIN ARTHUR MAITLAND BYNG, 4th ROYAL FUSILIERS (CITY OF LONDON REGIMENT), was the son of Major A. H. Byng, late of the Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment, and formerly Lieuenant Royal Navy, and was related to the Viscount Torrington. He was born at Southsea on the 26th October, 1872.

Captain Byng was educated at "The Grange," Cowes, and by an Army Tutor at Caen. In September, 1895, he was gazetted to the West Indian Regiment, and served in it till March, 1901, being promoted Captain in June, 1900; he was transferred to the Royal Fusiliers, as Captain in March, 1901. He served in the South African War in 1901 and 1902, having been employed with the Mounted Infantry, and being present at operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony and Cape Colony. He received the Queen's medal with four clasps.

From 1903-05 he was employed with the Egyptian Army and was Adjutant in the Special Reserve from 1908-1912. At Hounslow he inaugurated a Labour Department for Old Soldiers who were out of work, and set on foot schemes for the social improvement of Army dependents, and amongst other things had such soldiers' wives as wished it, taught to cook properly.

Captain Byng was killed at Vailly, at the battle of the Aisne, on the 14th September, 1914, while looking through his field glasses; he was shot in the throat and killed instantaneously.

Brother officers gave the following account of him and his work during the early part of the war :--" He has done very well with his Company ; no man could have done more. . . . He was our great interpreter, being very good at French." Again: "He was always taking risks and leaving the trenches with a rifle to walk about in front."

Captain Byng was a member of the M.C.C. and had played both cricket and football for Hampshire. He was a fine all-round cricketer, being a clean and effective bowler, with very deceptive pitch and pace, and a polished and punishing bat. He had taken many wickets and made hundreds of runs for the Royal Fusiliers.

BYTHELL, C.B.E.

William John

Colonel William John Bythell
IWM (HU 114800)
Colonel, Royal Engineers. Died 30th June 1920 at Elm Grove, Southsea, Hampshire. Aged 57. Born 9th September 1862, Poona (now Pune), Maharashtra, India. Awarded the Companion of the British Empire (C.B.E.). Buried north-west of the church in CHRIST CHURCH CHURCHYARD, PORTSDOWN, Hampshire.

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Extract from Portsmouth Evening News - Friday 2 July 1920, page 4:

DEATHS.

BYTHELL —On the 30th June, at Southsea, William John, C.B.E., Colonel, late R.E., eldest son of the late Col. R.B. Bythell, Indian Army, and Mrs. Bythell, Stoneycroft, Southeea.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1920:

BYTHELL William John of Stoneycroft Elphinstone-road Southsea Hampshire died 30 June 1920 at the King's Service Nursing Home Elm Grove Southsea Administration (with Will) London 18 November to Cecilia Stack Bythell widow. Effects £1628 1s. 8d.

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