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The news this week 100 years ago: 23rd - 29th March 1918

Friday 23 March 2018

This week marks the 100th anniversary of death of seven Old Salopians who fought during World War 1.

Second Lieutenant Walter Arthur Francis Bailey, 2nd Bn. Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry.
Prior’s (now Moser’s), left in 1916.  Entering Sandhurst as a prize candidate aged 17, he passed out in October 1916. He went to the Front in November 1917.

Killed in action in France, 24th March 1918, aged 19.
Remembered on Arras Memorial, France. Bay 6 and 7.

Second Lieutenant John Herbert Fitzmaurice, 6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
Oldham’s, left in 1916.

Killed in action in France, 25th March 1918 aged 19, only son of John Rupert Fitzmaurice, OS.
Remembered on Pozieres Memorial, France. Panel 60.

Captain Maurice Baldwin Bolton MC, 5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment.
Moser’s, left in 1911 for Pembroke, College Cambridge. Gazetted to the 11th Manchester’s, he was promoted Captain May 1915. Transferring to the East Lancs. in July 1915, he went out in 1917. In November 1917 he was awarded the MC for gallant conduct near Nieuport.

“When the brigade ammunition dump was set on fire by enemy shells he at once collected a party which, by their exertions, prevented the spreading of the flames. Under his direction the party carried out burning boxes of Very lights and this prevented the other ammunition form exploding. He was employed in this work for about 40 minutes.” – The Salopian.

Died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in France, 26th March 1918, aged 26.  He is probably related to Harry Hargreaves Bolton, who was killed on 24th May 1915.
Le Cateau Military Cemetery, France.

Lieutenant Colonel Philip Vaughan Holberton, 2nd Bn. Manchester Regiment.
Day Boys, Killing Hound, Football XI, left in 1896 for Sandhurst where he won the Sword of Honour presented by Queen Victoria.

He was slightly wounded in the South African War (King’s Medal, two clasps, Queen’s Medal, five clasps). He then held various appointments as Adjutant. He fought all through the Gallipoli Campaign with the Manchester’s, afterwards being appointed Brigade Major.

In October 1916 he was given command of 1/5 Batt. Lancs. Fusiliers, with whom he was serving at his death. Four times mentioned in despatches, he received a Serbian decoration in 1917 and was on the waiting list for a brigade. “He knew the value of encouragement and the futility of abuse”.

Killed instantly by a stray bullet at 2.00am, 26th March 1918, aged 39. "That chance shot robbed the army in general and his brigade in particular of one of its finest soldiers."
Buried at Achiet-Le-Grand Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Grave IV. F. 8.

Lieutenant Charles Derek Alltree, 9th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
Day Boys, left in 1912. Gazetted in November 1915 to the 12th (Service) Batt. South Lancs. Regt. he transferred in September 1916 and had been in France about three months.

Died of wounds whilst a prisoner of war in France, 27th March 1918, aged 20.He is possibly related to Ernest Woodbourne Alltree, who was killed 29th October 1918.
Buried at Douai British Cemetery, Cuincy, France. Grave G. 7.

Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Carus-Wilson DSO, 1st/5th Bn Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.
Rigg’s, left in 1887 and served in the South African War (Queen’s Medal, five clasps). He went to France in May 1916 and took command of the Battalion that December.

Three times mentioned in despatches, he was also awarded the Territorial Decoration and D.S.O.

Killed in action in France, 27th March 1918, aged 48.
Buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France. Grave Officers, B. 5. 13.

Lieutenant Philip Gerard Finch MC, 1st Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers.
Ingram’s, left in 1915 for Sandhurst, obtaining his commission in August 1916. His Colonel, writing as he went missing, said, “He always did consistently well in every action. I twice put him up for a Military Cross, and the last time I am glad to say he got it.”

Killed in action in France, 28th March 1918 aged 20
Remembered on Arras Memorial, France. Bay 2 and 3.

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