Shrewsbury School

The news this week 100 years ago: 7th - 13th September 1918

Thursday 6 September 2018

Each week on the School website we publish the names and short biographies of the Old Salopians killed 100 years ago during the First World War. This is part of a four-year project in collaboration with St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury, which was begun in August 2014.

For more information about the project and to view the weekly news reports posted since August 2014, please see The News 100 years ago - OS in WW1 section of the website.

This week we remember:

Captain Roland Maddison Vaisey, 36th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

School House, left in 1903 and was admitted solicitor. Obtaining his commission in 1916, he immediately went to the front, serving efficiently as the Colonel’s Adjutant for over a year.

He was killed in action in France on 7th September 1918, aged 31.

He was buried at Vaulx Hill Cemetery, France. Grave II. H. 1. 


Lieutenant George Keith Elliott, 3rd Bn. attd. 25th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Day Boys, he won the Bright (science and history) Prize, the Duke’s French prize, the Darwin Prize, the Turnbull Scholarship (science), and left in 1916. 

He did not take up his open science scholarship at University College, Oxford, instead joining the Oxford University OTC. Gazetted to the R.W.F., he served both in Egypt and Palestine in 1917-18. He proceeded with them to France in May 1918, where he was promoted to Lieutenant on 1st September 1918.

He was killed during an attack in action in France on 8th September 1918, aged 20. He is buried at Sainte Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, France. Grave II. E. 15.

His commanding officer wrote: “His patrol got checked by heavy machine gun fire and rifle fire and many were hit. Keith, with no thought for his personal safety, pushed on himself with his runner to get to his patrol, and crossing the open, was met by a hail of bullets. Keith is a great loss to us; he was, without exaggeration, the most popular officer in the battalion, his men idolized him and he gave his life trying to save some of them."


His former commanding officer, Lord Kensington, wrote: "His youth and charming manner endeared him to all - always cheery, we all loved him. He had grown into such a fine lad and we were all very fond of him. He had lately very much distinguished himself at physical training and bayonet fighting and was appointed Instructor of Bayonet Fighting to the battalion. I feel almost as if one of my own boys were in his place, but I know that his gallant young life was ungrudgingly given whilst nobly doing his duty in his country's cause."

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