The news 100 years ago - March 1917


Friday 31 March 2017

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 31st March - 6th April 1917

    No Old Salopians were killed in World War I this week 100 years ago.

Friday 24 March 2017

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 24th - 30th March 1917
    This week we remember:

    Lieutenant Thomas Bate, 5th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
    Moser’s, left in 1908.

    Shortly before the war, he joined the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and served with them in Gallipoli. He rowed in the School crew and was one of the finest swimmers that the School has ever produced. He won the Up-river Swimming Cup in no fewer than four successive years, 1905, 1906, 1907 and 1908. On the first occasion he was barely 15 years old.

    On leaving School in 1908 he went to Assam as a tea-planter but returned to Wales on the death of his father, Mr Thomas Bate, of Kesterton Hall Estate, Flint, whom he succeeded.

    His Colonel wrote: “He died in a noble manner, leading and encouraging his men in the attack on the Turkish Position on 26 March. All who were near him during the attack bear witness as to his gallant conduct throughout this day up to the time of his death. He was always to the fore, and showed an utter disregard to his own personal safety. He was a fine fighting soldier and a favourite with all ranks. I have put his name forward for recommendation, and I hope it will go through. You have every reason to feel intensely proud of him.”

    His servant said: “He died a hero, if ever there was one. He was one of our best officers; his old platoon loved him. I lost my best friend when I lost Captain Bate; I shall never forget him as long as I live. His first thought was about his men, and himself after. I never had a better master.”

    Killed in action in Gaza, Palestine, 26th March 1917, aged 27.
    Remembered on Jerusalem Memorial, Israel. Panels 20 to 22.

Friday 17 March 2017

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 17th - 23rd March 1917

    No Old Salopians were killed in WW1 this week 100 years ago.

Friday 10 March 2017

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 10th - 16th March 1917
    This week we remember:

    Chaplain 4th Class, The Revd Vincent Coke Boddington, Army Chaplains' Department.
    Haydon’s (now Rigg’s), left in 1901. He graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge, and was appointed  Curate of East Ham, later Temporary Army Chaplain, 22nd November 1914. He contracted tuberculosis aggravated by active service and died at the Pinewood Sanatorium, Wokingham, UK on 13th March 1917, aged 30.
    Remembered at Wokingham (St Sebastian) Churchyard, England. Spec. Plot. 23.

Friday 3 March 2017

  • The news this week 100 years ago: 3rd - 9th March 1917
    This week we remember:

    Second Lieutenant Francis John Grahame Leadbitter, 11th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.

    Moser’s, left in 1899, rowed Bow in the 1st VIII.

    He had been a most regular and valued member of the executive Committee of the Old Salopian Club for some years and was greatly respected by all his colleagues.

    He rowed in the Thames R.C. VIII at Henley, and in the O.S.R.C. crew and was admitted a Solicitor in 1904. Enlisting in the Inns of Court O.T.C. in December 1915, he obtained his commission in December 1916 and went out to the Front a month later.

    Killed in action in France, 5th March 1917, aged 35.
    Buried at Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs, France. Grave IX. Q. 9.

    Second Lieutenant John Vibart Dixon, 3rd North Midland Brigade. Royal Field Artillery, Ammunition Column (attached 2nd North Midland Brigade R.F.A.)
    School House, 2nd XI cricket, won the Bentley Elocution Prize three years in a row, left in 1915.

    Killed in action while in charge of a trench mortar battery in France, 6th March 1917, aged 20.
    Buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France. Grave VI. C. 1.