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John Edward

Lieutenant, General List and 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of wounds 11th June 1917 at Remy, Belgium. Aged 35. Born 30th April 1882, Brussels, Belgium. Son of Harriette Raphael, of 5, Wild Hatch, Hendon, London, and the late Albert Raphael. Former England International Rugby Football player. Buried in LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY, Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Plot XIII. Row A. Grave 30. See also Kennington, The Oval, Surrey CCC Memorial

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

RAPHAEL, JOHN EDWARD, Lieut., A.D.C. and Camp Commandant, 41st Division. only s. of the late Albert Raphael, of Wild Hatch, Hendon; b. Brussels, 30 April, 1882; educ. Streatham School, and Merchant Taylors', and at St. John's College. Oxford: was a Barrister; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 9th (Service) Battn. The Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt.) Sept. 1914: subsequently transferred to the 18th (Service) Battn. The King's Royal Rifle Corps, raised by his cousin, Sir Herbert Raphael; promoted Lieut. Dec. 1914; served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from May, 1916; appointed A.D.C. to Major-General Sir Sydney Lawford, K.C.B., 41st Division, in Oct. 1915, and died at No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station 11 June, 1917, from wounds received in action at Messina on the 7th of that month. Buried in the Military Cemetery, Lljssenthoek, near Poperinghe. A Staff Officer, who was with him when wounded, wrote: “I have seen many men in many parts of the world under all sorts of conditions, but never in my experience have I been so impressed by such a magnificent display of sheer pluck and unselfishness. During the three days he lived he was bright and cheerful, never talked about himself, but was very concerned about his servant. his groom, his horses, and everything but himself.” In 1909 he contested the Croydon Division in the Liberal interest, but without success, although his charm and characteristic straightforwardness won the admiration of his mast decided opponents. Lieut. Raphael achieved a high reputation as a cricketer and a Rugby Union International three-quarter buck. He was captain of the Merchant Taylors' Cricket XL, establishing a public school record for the runs he made. At Oxford he played in the University XI and Rugby XV from 1903-6. In 1904 he accomplished his best performance with the bat against the Yorkshire XI. at Oxford, scoring 201 out of a total of 374. He was a member of the Surrey County Xl. for four seasons, commencing in 1903, and in 1904 acted as captain. Lieut. Raphael's last cricket appearance in Yorkshire was for an England XI against the county at Harrogate in Aug. 1913, when he and Mr. H. D. G. Leveson-Gower saved the Englanders from defeat by a plucky stand in the last half-hour of the match. Between 1902 and 1906 Lieut. Raphael played in nine international matches for England as a Rugby centre three-quarter back, distinguishing himself by powerful running. He also captained in 1910 an English team on a visit to the Argentine. Besides cricket and football, John Raphael was an expert fencer and swimmer, being president of the Oxford University Swimming Club in 1904. Under his leadership the Old Merchant Taylors' Football Club became one of the most renowned sides in the country. It was often said of him that he was the most versatile and one of the best sportsmen who have come down from Oxford in the present century. He found, however, his vocation in the Army, where his gift for dealing with men came into play. All his energies were given to promoting their sports, organizing canteens, seeing to the catering and cooking for his units; the men wrote of him: "He was to us as a father." He was very often to be found in the front-line trenches, where his cheery presence heartened the men; it was thus he got his death wound. A rising young politician, a writer for the Press, a traveller, sportsman and soldier, one of the most chivalrous and devoted of sons, an ardent worker for social reform, a loyal friend, of him it may be said: "If character be destiny, then is his assured."

Details from Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Lieut John Edward Raphael (King's Royal Rifles and A.D.C. to the G.O.C. of a Division), born at Brussels April 30, 1882; died of wounds June 11. Merchant Taylors, 1898, etc.: captain two years; Oxford v Cambridge 1903-4-5. Surrey XI, 1903, etc., and captain for a time in 1904. Member of M.C.C., since 1906.

The news that John Raphael was dead caused sorrow to a very wide circle of friends. Though he never gained quite the place as a batsman that his deeds as a school-boy had suggested, he was in the cricket field and still more in the world of Rugby football a distinct personality. Everything he did created more than ordinary interest, his popularity as a man, apart from his ability, counting for much. At Merchant Taylors he had a brilliant record. He was in the eleven for five years-- 1897 to 1901. In 1898 as a boy of sixteen he headed the batting with an average of 23 and, being quite a good school bowler, took 32 wickets at a cost of less than nine runs each. Thenceforward his school career was one long success. He was third in batting in 1899 - average 27 - and first in bowling with 51 wickets for just under 15 runs each. Then in 1900 he had a great season. At the top of the list both in batting and bowling he scored 962 runs with an average of 43, and took 68 wickets. His highest innings was 152 not out. He finished up at school in 1901 with nothing short of a triumph. Again first in batting he scored 1,397 runs with an average of 69, and as a bowler he was second, 76 wickets falling to him. He and J. Dennis made 326 together without being parted against Kennington Park, their scores being 175 not out and 135 not out respectively. Naturally great things were expected of Raphael when he went up to Oxford, but as a cricketer he began with a set-back. From some cause, after making 47 not out in the Freshmen's match, in 1902, he showed such poor form that he never had any chance of gaining his blue. As a matter of fact he was not tried in a single first-class match. In 1903 his prospects while Oxford played at home were equally dismal. However he got on well for Surrey against Oxford at the Oval, and was given a trial for the University against Sussex at Brighton. Seizing his opportunity he played a fine innings of 65, when no one else could do much against the Sussex bowlers, and two days before the match with Cambridge at Lord's Mr. Findlay gave him his colours. As in the case of Lord George Scott for Oxford and late Eustace Crawley for Cambridge in 1887, the last choice proved the batting success of his side. Raphael scored 130 on the first day and laid the foundation of Oxford's victory. His innings did not start well, but it was brilliant in its later stages. In the drawnmatchof 1904 Raphael only made 12 and 25 against Cambridge, but in the sensational match the following year--won in brilliant style by Cambridge after it had at one point seemed any odds against them--he played perhaps the best innings of his life. With a score of 99 he only failed by a single run to rival Yardley's feat of getting two hundreds in the University match. In Surrey cricket Raphael never became a power, but he often played well for the county and when--as the last of various captains--he took charge of the team in 1904 he proved quite a capable leader. Raphael's weakness as a batsman was that he relied too exclusively upon forward play. His method - at any rate when he had to contend against first-rate bowling - demanded an easy wicket. His bowling seemed to leave him after his school days.

At the game of Rugby football Raphael earned much distinction as a three-quarter back, playing for England in nine matches - against Scotland and against Wales in 1902, 1905, and 1906; against Ireland in 1902; and against New Zealand and France in 1906. A beautiful kick, a brilliant field, and possessed of a good turn of speed, he was a fine natural player, even if his special qualities did not always make for success as one of a line of four three-quarters in international encounters. He accomplished great things for the Old Merchant Taylors, and gaining his blue as a Freshman at Oxford in 1901, not only appeared for his University against Cambridge on four occasions, but only once failed to secure a try.

In a bye-election at Croydon he stood as Liberal candidate but did not succeed in entering Parliament.


Cyril Stanley

Captain, "D" Company, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 13th November 1916 near Beaucourt, France. Aged 32. Born 5th August 1884, Camberwell, London. Son of the late Sir William Rattigan, K.C., M.P., and of Lady Rattigan, of "Lanarkslea", Cornwall Gardens, London. No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A.

See his statistics on CricInfo


Arthur Bedomme

Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Prince Albert;s (Somerset Light Infantry). Killed in action 16th September 1914. Aged 23. Son of Maud E. Read, of "Avalon," Grange Rd., Sutton, Surrey, and the late Robert Arthur Read. Buried in VAILLY BRITISH CEMETERY, Aisne, France. Plot IV. Row G. Grave 12. See also Kennington, The Oval, Surrey CCC Memorial

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

2nd LIEUT. ARTHUR BEDDOME READ, 1st BATTN. PRINCE ALBERT'S (SOMERSET LIGHT INFANTRY), was born at Surbiton, Surrey, on the 20th January, 1891, having been the son of the late Robert Arthur Read, Esq., and grandson of the late Colonel R. H. Beddoine, Madras Staff Corps, and of the late Robert Arthur Read.

He was educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, where he was a Colour-Sergeant in the Officers' Training Corps. He was gazetted to the Special Reserve in April, 1912, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the Somerset Light Infantry in December, 1913, joining the 1st Battalion at Colchester the following month.

2nd Lieutenant Read was killed by shrapnel in the Battle of the Aisne, France, on the 16th September, 1914.

He was a member of the M.C.C. and was also a fine Rugby forward, most of his work being done for the Richmond Club until the 1913-14 season, when he played for the Army against Sandhurst and Woolwich at Queen's Club.


Guy Evelyn Harrie

Lieutenant, Special List attached 4th Battalion, King's African Rifles. Died 9th March 1915. Buried in DAR ES SALAAM WAR CEMETERY, Tanzania. Plot 8. Row D. Grave 11.

Extract from England & Wales Government Probate Death Index 1915:

REID Guy Evelyn Harrie of The Spurriers Horsell Surrey died 9 March 1915 at Utogi Nyanza East Africa Probate London 3o April to George Frank Fergusson Gadsden solicitor and Villiers Frederick Caesar Hawkins esquire.
Effects £11789 17s. 10d.


Francis James

Major, 4th Battalion, Princess Louise's (Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders). Died 11th December 1917. Aged 51. Son of Francis Richardson, of Juniper Hill, Dorking; husband of Rhoda Dagmar Richardson. Served in the South African war. Awarded the Distinguished Service order (D.S.O.). Buried in DORKING CEMETERY, Surrey. Grave reference P. 2755. See also Charterhourse School memorial

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

RICHARDSON, FRANCIS JAMES, Capt., was born 8 March, 1866, son of Francis Richardson, of Juniper Hall, Dorking. He was educated at Cheam; Charterhouse, and Jesus College, Cambridge. He was gazetted to the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 9 May, 1888; became Lieutenant 26 Feb. 1890, and Captain 1 July, 1897. Capt. Richardson served in the South African War, 1899-1901, as Adjutant, 4th Battn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (1 May to 5 Aug. 1901). He took part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Modder River and Magersfontein ; operations in Orange Free State, Feb. to May, 1900, including operations at Paardeberg (17 to 26 Feb.); actions at Poplar Grove, Dreifontein, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River ; operations in the Transvaal in May and June, 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June) ; operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, July to 29 Nov. 1900, including action at Zilikat's Nek ; operations in the Transvaal 30 Nov. 1900, to May, 1901 ; operations in Orange River Colony, May to July, 1901 ; operations in Cape Colony, July, 1901. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 Sept. 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with six clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 Sept. 1901]: “Francis James Richardson, Capt., Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa.” The Insigina were presented by the King 29 Oct. 1901. He retired 16 June, 1906, and became Major, Special Reserve Battn. Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and in 1912, D.A.D. Remounts, Eastern Command. He married, 19 July, 1899, in Ireland, Rhoda Dagmar Richardson, daughter of Restell R. Bevis, and their children are Francis Desmond, born in 1902, and Elspeth Rhoda. Major Richardson died 11 Dec. 1917, of wounds received in action.


Arthur Murdoch Maxwell

Captain, Adjutant 8th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). Killed in action 7th July 1916. Aged 36. Son of the late James and Emily Robertson-Walker, of Gilgarran, Distington, Cumberland; husband of Madge Robertson-Walker. Mentioned in Despatches (MiD). No known grave. Commemorated on THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Pier and Face 8 C 9 A and 16 A. Member of the Stock Exchange. See also Stock Exchange Memorial

Extract from the Stock Exchange Memorial Book:

CAPTAIN ARTHUR MURDO MAXWELL ROBERTSON-WALKER, Royal Fusiliers, was the son of James Robertson-Walker and was born in 1881. He was educated at Harrow and University College, Oxford, was a good golfer and cricketer and an all-round sportsman.

He became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1905 and was associated with the firm of Buckley, Hartopp, and Co.

In December 1914 he obtained his commission in the 8th Royal Fusiliers and went out to France in the following May. He was promoted Captain and made Adjutant of his battalion, being subsequently mentioned in dispatches.

He was killed on 7 July 1976 in the attack on Ovillers during the opening phase of the battle of the Somme.

A brother officer wrote: “I cannot help testifying what a vast loss the Regiment has suffered in his death. As adjutant his energy and coolness always surprised me even through the many trying times we went through in France. Thanks to such as 'Bobby' the battalion earned a name of which any Fusilier may be proud."

Captain Robertson-Walker married a daughter of the late Mr. Alexander McIver.


George William

Captain, 9th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 10th August 1915. Aged 37. Son of Emily Stratford Rolph, of "Claremont," 37, Knighton Drive, Leicester, and the late Col. W. M. Rolph (Leicestershire Regt.). Gazetted 7th November 1900, to 1st Battalion, West India Regiment, and on disbandment appointed to Leicestershire Regiment 17th January 1907, afterwards transferred to Worcestershire Regiment. No known grave. Commemorated on HELLES MEMORIAL, Turkey. Panel 104 and 113.


Frederick Charles

Lieutenant-Colonel commanding 8th Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) formerly Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 26th September 1915. Awarded Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (C.M.G.). No known grave. Commemorated on LOOS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 15 to 19.


Douglas Giles

Old Etonian. Captain, Coldstream Guards. Died 2nd November 1918. Aged 35. Husband of Blanch Rooke, of 14A, Great Cumberland Place, London. Buried in STAGLIENO CEMETERY, GENOA, Italy. Plot I. Row D. Grave 36.

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Sir Frank Stanley Day

[Date of death listed as 26th January 1915 on SDGW] Old Etonian. Captain, 10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars. Killed in action or 26th October 1914 (CWGC). Aged 27. 2nd Bart. Son of Sir Charles Day Rose, 1st Bart.; husband of Lady Daphne Rose, of Hardwick House, Whitchurch, Oxon. Served in the South African Campaign. Buried in ZANDVOORDE CHURCHYARD, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Grave 1. See also Cambridge University, Trinity College

Extract from The Bond of Sacrifice Volume 1:

CAPTAIN SIR FRANK STANLEY ROSE, BART., Xth (PRINCE OF WALES'S OWN ROYAL) HUSSARS, was born on the 27th April, 1877. He succeeded his father—Sir Charles Day Rose—as second Baronet in 1913, and he was a grandson of the Right Hon. Sir John Rose, P.C., G.C.M.G. Sir Frank Rose was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, joining the 10th Hussars in May, 1900, becoming Lieutenant in June, 1904.

He served with his Regiment in the South African War, being present at operations in the Transvaal and Cape Colony. For his services he was mentioned in Despatches ("London Gazette," 17th January, 1902), and received the Queen's medal with four clasps.

One of the characteristics of the Great War has been the liability of the cavalry to be employed on dismounted duties, and Sir Frank Rose was so employed when he was killed, on the 26th October, 1914, while fighting with his Regiment in the trenches, near Zandvoorde, where he is buried. These trenches were under heavy shell fire all day and the casualties were very severe, Lieutenant Turner also being killed. Sir F. Rose married Daphne, daughter of the late Captain Henry Brooks Gaskell, of Kiddington Hall, Oxfordshire, and left three children: Charles Henry, who succeeds him in the Baronetcy, born October, 1912; Amy, born May, 1911; and Helen Briar, born June, 1915.

He was a member of the Army and Navy Club, Boodle's, and the Royal Automobile Club, while his chief recreations were music and hunting.


Eustace Frederick

Major, 1st Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action 13th May 1915. Aged 44. Son of Elizabeth Rutter, of Coal House, Martock, Somerset, and the late F. T. Rutter. Served on the North West Frontier of India, and in the South African Campaign. Mentioned in Despatches (Mid). No known grave. Commemorated on YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 34.

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