Shrewsbury School

The news 100 years ago: 14th - 20th September 1918

Thursday 13 September 2018

This week we remember five former pupils and one member of staff, who were all killed fighting in World War One 100 years ago.

Captain Gerald William Lancaster MC, 3rd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment attd. 15th Bn. Welsh Regiment.
Churchill’s, left in 1906. Commissioned in 1914 in to the Monmouthshire’s, he was dangerously wounded in 1915 during the mining of Hill 60. He returned to the front in 1917 attached to the Welsh Regt. and was wounded for the second time in 1918.

Died of wounds in France on 14th September 1918, aged 29. He was probably related to James Lancaster, who was killed on 8th May 1915.
Buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, France. Grave IV. A. 16.


Second Lieutenant Philip Gillespie Bainbrigge, 5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers.
Classics Master. Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, he responded to Alington’s invitation to teach at Shrewsbury in order to uphold the great classical tradition, from 1914. Gazetted to the Welsh Regt. in 1917 he later transferred to the Lancashire’s because of family connections. He had taken over from his wounded company commander early in an assault, and was killed in action in France on 18th September 1918, aged 27.
Buried at Five Points Cemetery, Lechelle, France. Grave B. 24.

L-R: Shrewsbury School staff in 1915: FSH Ward, Headmaster Revd Cyril Alington, Philip Bainbrigge and Malcolm White (killed in July 1915 on the first day of the Battle of the Somme)


Captain Frank Shirley Nalder, 8th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
School House and Oldham’s, Choregus, first Head of Oldham’s, left in 1914. Shunning Christ Church, Oxford, for the K.S.L.I. he went from France to Salonika, returning with malaria for an 18 month recovery. He returned to Greece in June 1918.

Killed in action in Greece on 18 September 1918, aged 23.
Buried at Doiran Military Cemetery, Greece. Grave IV. C. 2.

Frank Shirley Nalder in 1914


Lieutenant Alan Reynolds Padmore, 217th Sqdn. Royal Air Force.
Baker’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1917.

Killed whilst flying in France on 18th September 1918, aged 18.
Buried at Dunkirk Town Cemetery, France. Grave IV. C. 19.


Second Lieutenant Ronald Guy Shackles MC, 10th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
School House, left in 1913. Killed in action by a shell in France on 19th September 1918, aged 19.

He won his MC after being in France for little more than a month. His Commanding Officer wrote: “He had led a successful daylight raid against an enemy post which he had located by two days’ careful reconnaissance in ‘No Man’s Land.’ In the hand-to-hand fighting that took place the whole enemy garrison was accounted for, and our own party suffered no casualties. 2nd Lt. Shackles handled his men with much skill, and displayed great gallantry and energy.”

He was probably related to Kenneth George Shackles, who was killed on 11th May 1917.
Remembered on Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France. Panel 8.


Lieutenant Harold Butterworth MC, Anti Aircraft Bty. Royal Field Artillery.

Moser’s, left in 1915.

Immediately on reaching the age of 18, he left school and was given a commission in the West Lancashire RFA. He went out to France in April 1916. A few months later he was attached to an anti-aircraft battery. He was awarded the Military Cross for his ability and resource in handling his section and his personal courage during several days of active operations in a critical period. His Commanding Officer wrote: "He thoroughly deserved the Military Cross which was given him. He always 'played the game' and whilst in command of his section backed me up most loyally. His section his well known and has more than once been called the finest out here. He was in command of it at the time of his death."

He was killed in action in France on 20th September 1918, aged 24.
Buried at Brie British Cemetery, France. Grave I. E. 7.

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