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  • WW1 Memorial of St Augustine's College, Ramsgate

    Research into the names on the now demolised memorial to those Old Boys who fell in World War One.

    EDWARD BAGSHAWE died 20 July 1916 age 36, a Captain in the Yorks Regt son of the late Judge Bagshawe KC. Edward was born in Hampstead in 1879 to William and Harriet. He had retired from the Army in 1907 having served in South Africa in 1899-1900. but rejoined on the outbreak of the Great War. He was initially invalided home in 1915 but went out again in 1916.

    HERMAN KENTIGERN BICKNELL was the brother-in-law of the above. He died 24 July 1917 in Baghdad age 44, a Captain in the Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry Son of Herman Bicknell; husband of Harriet Frances Bicknell, of 46, Lansdowne Rd., Notting Hill, London. His son Herman Bysshe Bagshawe Bicknell also fell. Herman had been born in Norwood in 1875, a month after his father had died. He was living in Ramsgate with his mother by 1881.

    PHILIP BRADNEY d31 July 1915, a Captain in the Somerset Light Infantry. Philip was born in 1880 in London the son of John, a magistrate, and his French wife.

    JAMES CARROLL a lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery died of wounds 26 March 1918. He was born in Blackheath and was a 14 year old boarder at the College in 1911.

    LEO CREAGH was killed in action the 20 December 1914, age 36, a Captain in the Manchester Regiment. Son of Surg. Maj. William Creagh (attd. R.H.A.), and Bertha Creagh, of Grangewood Lodge, Netherseale, Burton-on-Trent. He had fifteen years' service and served in the South African Campaign. Leo had been born in India and was a pupil at the College by the time of the 1891 census.

    LOUIS D'ABADIE died 31 July 1916 age 38, a private in the Royal Fusiliers. Son of Lt. Lucas D'Abadie and Ida D'Abadie, he had been born in Trinidad.

    BASIL DE FERRANTI died 12 July 1917 from wounds aged 26 a Major in the Royal Garrison Artillery. Son of Sebastian and Gertrude Ziani de Ferranti, of The Hall, Baslow, Derbyshire. He was awarded the Military Cross.

    JEAN DE MANDAT-GRANCEY died 4 December 1916 at the Somme. A brigadier who served in the French Army. Born 1896 in France.

    FRANK DINAN died 31 July 1917 2nd Lt RFA, aged 23. Commemorated in Ireland's Casualties of WW1.

    GEORGE DINAN died 9 September 1916, (Temp) 2nd Lt. of Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Son of John Dinan of Castle Martyr, Co Cork. Brother to the above Frank Dinan. Frank and George's father was a timber importer in Cork. The family were living there at the time of the 1911 census where the family employed an Austrian governess, a cook and a number of other servants.

    EVELYN DORRELL died of wounds 14 October 1918 aged 22 a 2nd Lt. of Queens Royal West Surrey Regt. Son of Lt. Col. George Henry and Martine Marie Frances Dorrell, of 839, Hastings St. West, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Born at Horsell, Surrey, Evelyn joined the army on the 6 November 1917. Evelyn was a 15 year old schoolboy at St Augustines College in the 1911 census.

    FRANK DU MOULIN died just before the end of the war on 7 November 1918 aged 29. Whilst serving with the Royal Sussex Regiment he was attached to the East Yorkshires as an acting Lieutenant Colonel. The son of the late Louis Eugene and Katherine Parrell Du Moulin of Fishbourne Lodge, Chichester, Frank was born in India and had been a career soldier. (His father had died in the Boer War). He was educated in New Zealand as well as at Ramsgate and Wimbledon College and had been awarded the Military Cross quite recently before his death.

    ERIC DURLACHER was a Captain with the Worcester Regiment. He was killed in action 20 May 1917. Eric was born in Dorset in 1895 to Alexander and Margaret, he had attended St. Benedict's, Ealing, as well as St. Augustine's,. He was also a recipient of the Military Cross.

    R BASIL ELMSLEY was a lieutenant in the Canadian Engineers. He died 4 Oct 1918 aged 36. He is buried in Bourlon Wood Cemetery in France after he was killed instantly by a bomb dropped from enemy aircraft. Remy Basil had been born in Toronto, Canada.

    FRANCIS FERRERS a Lance Corporal with the Lancashire Fusiliers, Francis had been born in Essex. He died 21 March 1918 leaving a widow, Muriel and a 5 year old daughter.

    ROY HAMILTON Royal Irish Rifles No trace of him so far

    HAROLD HAYES-NEWINGTON a 2nd Lieutenant with the King's Liverpool Regiment. He was killed in action 10 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle. Having been born in 1894 he was the son of Major C. M. Hayes Newington (late 22nd Cheshire and King's Regt.), of Ticehurst, Sussex, and 16, Merton Rd., Southsea, Hampshire. His mother was from Ireland and the family were living there in 1901. After attending St Augustine's, Harold went on to Sandhurst.

    CECIL G KELLY A gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, Cecil was born in 1878 the son of Bernard Kelly, MD and his wife Anne Dirham. He had been working as Chief Clerk in the Accountant-Auditor's Office, Guildhall when he enlisted in April 1917. He was killed in action at Havrincourt 27 September 1918.

    PAUL KENNA GB VC DSO 21 Lancers, a Brigadier General. Paul Aloysius Kenna was born in Everton in 1862. He attended St Augustine's for five years from 1874. He died from wounds received from a sniper's bullet on 30 August 1915 at Gallipoli. He had been awarded the VC in 1898 for riding a fellow officer to safety after the man's horse had been shot and had then assisted in the recovery of another officer's body who had died from his wounds. He was awarded the DSO for his services in the South African War. Paul Kenna had competed in the 1912 Olympics as a horse rider. He was descended from minor gentry from County Meath.

    GUSTAVE LAMARRE was born in France in 1896 and therefore fought with the French Army. He appears as a boarder at the College in the 1911 census. The only person of this name in the French casualties of WW1 was said to have been born in 1892 so I cannot be sure if it is the same man. This person died in 1914.

    GEORGE LEAKE MC His entry appears in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour

    HUGO MEYNELL served with the Essex Regiment and died of wounds on the 27th of September 1915. Hugo was born in London in 1889. The entry, below, regarding his death is taken from The Tablet:

    Second-Lieut. Hugo Charles Meynell, xxth Essex Regt., who died in France on September 27 from wounds received in action, was the only surviving son of the late Hugo Meynell, of Farley, Staffordshire, and of Mrs. Hugo Meynell, of 6o, Springfield Road, St. John's Wood, N.W. He was a grandson of the late Judge Meynell, of North Kilvington and the Fryerage, Yorkshire, and a nephew of Sir Francis Fleming, K.C.M.G. The late officer, whose age was twenty-six, was educated at St. Augustine's, Ramsgate, and received his commission in December, 1914. The priest who found him lying wounded on the field, and administered the Last Sacraments to him, writes :—" I am pleased to be able to say that he was quite happy and gay. I shall never forget his parting smile as I shook hands with him in the ambulance. With all his pain, his one thought was for his mother."

    IAN MILLAR served with the Machine Gun Corp. This man appears to be Ian Arthur Millar who was born in Dublin in 1897. He was living in Cranbrook, Kent by 1911. From his medal card roll he was firstly in the East Kent Mounted Rifles before joining the Royal Irish Rifles. His first entry into the battlefield was in Gallipoli in July 1915 and he was killed on the 30th of September 1916.

    FRANCIS O'BRIEN was with the East Surrey Regiment and was killed in action on the 16th of August 1916. He had been born in Dover in 1894 to an Irish father and was living on Grange Road in Ramsgate in 1901. By 1911 he was an army student at Wimbledon Catholic College.

    JAMES O'BRIEN was an older brother to the above, being born in 1890 at Folkestone. He was killed in action on the 21st of December 1914. Like his brother he had joined the army as a career soldier as he was already serving with the Royal Munster Fusiliers in 1911.

    WILLIAM O'MALLEY died the 9th of April 1917. He was a lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery. William was born in 1892 in Clapham and was a boarder at the College in 1911. 10 years earlier William was a patient at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He was there for a month due a diseased mastoid bone.

    HUBERT POWNALL was a lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, going to the front in April 1915 after enlisting the previous November. He was gassed a few months later and sent home, returning in May 1916. He was killed in action the 23rd of July 1916 at the age of 26.

    OSMOND PRENTIS was born in Maidstone in 1875. He was killed in action on landing at Galliopli on the 28th of April 1915. He had joined the Royal Navy by 1891 rising to the position of Commander by the time of his death. He had married Edith in 1904.

    CHARLES ROOPE served with the Royal Fusiliers and died the 1st of July 1916 having only been at the front a little over 3 months. Charles was aged 32 the only son of Mr and Mrs Charles Roope of the Isle of Wight.

    WILLIAM SCHOENER or Wilhelm, was born in Trinidad in 1895 and was in the Royal Air Force or Royal Flying Corps as it was known in WW1. No trace of an entry for him can be found in the Commonwealth War Graves database however.

    CG AUSTIN SIBETH Charles George Augustine Sibeth died of wounds the 9th of August 1915 a little over two months after arriving in France. He had been born in London in 1881 and trained as a civil engineer so it is perhaps unsurprising that he served with the Royal Engineers.

    ALFRED TOLHURST was in the RAF being killed in action on the 6th of October 1917 aged 18 and is buried in Northfleet Cemetery in Kent.

    ERIC WHITEHEAD was killed in an aeroplane accident the 3rd of May 1918 at the age of 18. He had joined the RFC as a cadet the previous May.

    CYRIL WICKHAM of the Royal Fusiliers died the 15th of January 1915. He was born in Hampshire and was already a Captain by the time of the 1911 census when he was aged 32.

    WILLIAM WICKHAM was a Captain with the Scots Guards. He died the 31st of October 1914. William was 39 years old and the son of Capt. H. L. Wickham and the Hon. Mrs Wickham, of Down Grange, Basingstoke. William was an elder brother to the above Cyril Wickham.

    C. OSCAR WILSON Charles Oscar enlisted as a private soldier at the outbreak of war, joined

    the Essex Regiment on 23rd July 1915 and obtained a commission and served with the 5th Battalion Essex Regiment in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. He was killed at the age of 23 in Gaza on the 26th March 1917, known as The First Battle of Gaza (26th – 27th March) whilst serving under Colonel Gibbons who gave an address at the opening of the War Memorial in 1921. He spoke of how Oscar was trusted and respected by his men and would have, and indeed did, follow him into the jaws of death. He said that Oscar had a sunny, cheerful nature and whatever the danger

    his cheery voice could be heard making light of it all. The War Memorial even states that he died in the evening of March 26th 1917. He is buried at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Gaza. Charles was the son of William and Elizabeth of Heath Cottage, Wickham Bishops, Essex. Elizabeth had been born in Cork, Ireland and Oscar's younger brother, Eric, was a boarder at St Augustine's at the time of the 1901 census.

    WILLIAM J WOLSELEY William was a 15 year old schoolboy in Ramsgate in 1901. He was killed in action on the 11th of March 1915 after being at the front for just three weeks. The son of Edward and Florence, he was born in Weybridge, Surrey and had left for Canada in 1913 but returned to England on the outbreak of war.

    Although he does not appear on the Old Boys' Memorial Michael Thunder, grandson of Augustus Pugin, is buried in St Augustine's Churchyard. He died the 24th of September 1916 from burns sustained in a flying accident on the previous day.



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