Shrewsbury School

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

Friday 17 November 2017

This week we remember two former pupils and one member of staff.

Lieutenant Sidney Foster Jackson, 7th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own).
Member of Staff.

Killed in action in Belgium, 17th November 1917.
Remembered at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium. Spec. Mem. XXVIII. A. 21.

Captain William Hereward Haseler, ‘B’ Bn. Tank Corps.
Baker’s (now Severn Hill), Preapostor, Football XI, left in 1910 and matriculated from Birmingham University. Enlisting in the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry without waiting for a commission at the outbreak of war, he then transferred to the Shropshire Light Infantry to be with his school fellows.

Volunteering for motor-cycle work, he was transferred to the Motor Machine Gun Corps and went to France in February 1915. His first engagement was at Hill 60 (commended) and subsequently at the second battle of Ypres. Commissioned into the Tank Corps, he then took part in the battle of Messines Ridge, and was promoted. During one of the King’s visits to France, he showed “what a tank could do in negotiating a precipitous bank and had the honour of being presented to His Majesty. The episode appeared in the cinema film of the King’s visit, though the performance of the tank was (for some reason) omitted”. - The Salopian

In his final action he took his tank into the lead “doing splendid work”, but his tank was struck by a shell and he was killed in action on 20th November 1917, aged 25. Captain Haseler’s Major said, “I cannot bear to think of the gap left in our happy mess”.
He is remembered on Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France. Panel 13.

Lieutenant Tom Burton Sampson, 6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
Churchill’s, left in 1907 for a job in business in Nottingham, where he made a considerable reputation for himself as a cross-country runner, often bringing local sides to the School to compete, and being one of the first in every time.

“He was among the now sadly depleted band of patriotic Old Salopians who joined the King's Shropshire Light Infantry at the outbreak of war.” - The Salopian

Killed in action in France, 20th November 1917 aged 28.
Buried at Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, France. Grave VI. C. 8.

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