Shrewsbury School

The news 100 years ago: 7th - 13th August 1915

Wednesday 12 August 2015

In this week many OS died, including six on 10th August. The Suvla operations (Dardanelles) begin (see last week).

Captain Denis Digges La Touche, 8th Bn. Welsh Regiment.
Ingram’s. Praepostor, Captain of Shooting VIII three years, contributing greatly to the increase in the standard of shooting at the School over the following years, a Gentleman of the Runs and subsequently Huntsman and good cross-country runner. Left in 1914 with a Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in Autumn 1913 where he received an “Oswald Smith” Exhibition. He enlisted as a private in the 5th K.S.L.I., in which he was promoted 2nd Lieut. He was soon transferred to the 8th Welsh, promoted Captain in February 1915, and sailed for the Dardanelles in the summer, where he was killed after the landing at Anavarta : he was reported missing after the attack on Chanok Bair but his body was found was found by an Officer of the East Lancs., who himself was wounded while burying him.

The Salopian remarks that he was "unselfish and unassuming in a marked degree, -- in spite of the distinctions gained in several fields – he won the affection of all with whom he came into contact; and with his simplicity of character was joined unswerving loyalty to the School and to the House – one of the best of Salopia’s sons.’

Killed in action 8 August 1915, aged 20.
Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 140 to 144.

Second Lieutenant Frank Brendan O'Carroll, 6th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Ingram’s, left in 1913. Having been in the O.T.C. at Shrewsbury and Dublin he had not to wait long for his commission in a Service Bn. He took part in the landing at Suvla Bay, and was killed there three days afterwards. The Salopian adds: "He was a ‘loyal member of the school" of whom his father would later say "…had been given the time of his life here".

Killed in action in Gallipoli 10 August 1915, aged 20
Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 190 to 196.

Lieutenant Harold Chell, 8th Bn. Royal Fusiliers.
Chance’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1908. He was Junior Whip, 1906; Senior, 1907; and in the Football XI and the Crew. He won the Junior Steeplechase, the Senior twice in successive years, and many events at the Sports in 1907-8, rowing also in the House boat, which won the Challenge Oars, and was Head of House of the River in the same year. He went up to St John’s Coll., Cambridge, and was studying Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital, London, when war broke out. Then he was gazetted from a Cadet of the O.T.C. as Temp. 2nd Lieut. on 22nd August 1914, being shortly afterwards posted to the 8th R.F.

Died of wounds in France 10 August 1915 aged 26
Buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Grave I. D. 33.

Lieutenant Richard Stanley Evans, 5th Bn. Welsh Regiment.
School House, left in 1911. It is almost certain that he served in the same action as Rees Tudor Evans. It is not known whether they were brothers.

Killed in action in Gallipoli 10 August 1915 aged 23
Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 140 to 144.

Captain Rees Tudor Evans, 5th Bn. Welsh Regiment.
School House, left in 1906. It is almost certain that he served in the same action as Richard Stanley Evans.

Killed in action in Gallipoli 10 August 1915 aged 26
Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 140 to 144.

Lieutenant Norman Lancaster Wells, 6th Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Bennetts’s (now Severn Hill), left in 1906. He graduated from Caius Coll., Camb., in 1909, having been in the School Crew and Football XI, and also in his college “Soccer” team. Having spent some time in Germany to acquire the language, he was selected from among many candidates by the Asiatic Petroleum Company to represent their firm in Japan. He was at first reported “missing” after the action at Anavarta.

He was the third son of the late Charles Wells, who died the day after hearing the news of his son’s death. Two brothers are thought to have survived the war: one of them was Capt. Frank Wells, 9th Liverpool Regt.

Killed in action in Gallipoli 10 August 1915 aged 27
Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 152 to 154.

Second Lieutenant Thomas Worth, 7th Bn. Cheshire Regiment.
Moser’s, left in 1911 to enter the Agricultural College, Aspatria, Cumberland. His Housemaster, Prior, writes, “He was a quiet, amiable boy who always did his duty to the best of his power, and his career here was a blameless one.”

Killed in action in Gallipoli 10 August 1915 aged 21
Remembered on Helles Memorial, Turkey. Panel 75 to 77.

Private Cyril Adolphus Stuart, 13043, 5th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
Ingram’s, left in 1914. Praeposter. A ‘keen’ Salopian with a talent for running. Senior Whip. Won 48 cups during his time at school, an abundance of medals and he killed in the chief cross country race against Aldershot. Entered the medical profession but enlisted with other Salopians. A ‘favourite’ of the Colonel, other privates and men. Promoted to a lance-Corporal just prior to leaving England.  One Salopian remarks “He was a man whom we admired very much…chiefly, I think, because he was one of those few who can be an important person in the place, and still be decent and nice to everyone great or small’. A letter from Mr Woodroffe describes one of the several occasions in which he encountered Stuart after be left Shrewsbury: ‘I said: “Well, Stuart, how are you getting on?” and he answered, “Awfully well. It’s hard work, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it”. This was after a severe winter, roughing it in the ranks.’ Woodroffe recalls that - on their third meeting, after ten days in the trenches with a long march before them, on the back of having not slept for 24 hours – he was met with exactly the same response, before having “a few minutes talk about Shrewsbury.”

Died of wounds in France 11 August 1915 aged 20
Buried at Le Treport Military Cemetery, France. Plot 1. Row H. Grave 1A.

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