First World War Memorial

In 2014, following research carried out by Bill Bowden (Wargrave 1961–65) of the College Archives, Eastbourne College revised and extended its Roll of Honour which forms a record of all those former pupils who have given their lives during times of war and conflict.

Ten new memorial stones have been laid into the floor under the Memorial Arch. These commemorate the sacrifice made by ten Old Eastbournians who gave their lives during the Great War 1914–18 and whose names had not been included in the existing memorial panels. The new memorials were dedicated in a ceremony on Remembrance Sunday, 9 November 2014.

The memorial stones were hand cut by the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop of Cambridge. Their creation and installation was funded by the Arnold Embellishers

Brief biographies of the ten OEs are carried below.

A E BAYLEY

Private Albert Edward Bayley was born on 9 May 1869. He was in Haine’s House in 1882–83. He also attended Uppingham School from 1883 to 1884 and later emigrated to Canada. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 18 September 1914 and was posted to the 7th Battalion (British Columbia Regiment) Canadian Infantry as a Private. The 7th Battalion’s first major action was at Ypres at the Battle of Saint Julien. The Regiment was in brigade reserve on 22 April 1915 when poison chlorine gas was unleashed to the left and north of the Canadian positions near Ypres. As the gas spread French Colonial troops were seen running in all directions. The 7th Battalion was fallen in and they marched up the Grafenstafel Ridge where they remained until midnight. At midnight they were moved to a new position in the hollow ground North of Saint Julian at Keerselaere. They began to dig in at the foot of a ridge, occupying old artillery dugouts. The fighting for Saint Julien was fierce. Of the twenty-four officers and 900 men who went into battle, only six officers and 325 men mustered for roll call when they were moved to the rear. Bayley was missing believed killed in action on the 24 April 1915, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate (Panels 18-28-30) at Ypres and on the Nelson, British Columbia, Cenotaph.

H S BULL

Major Harry Spencer Bull, DSO, Order of the White Eagle 5th Class (with swords), was born at Bangalore, Madras on 10 November 1885, the son of Charles Albert and Ada Constance Bull.  He was in Gonville House from 1899 to 1901. Before the war he was an engineer working on Indian railways. He served as a Major in the 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment in Gallipoli. The battalion was next sent to the Middle East and landed at Basra in March 1916. He died on 30 July 1918 while the battalion was in Mesopotamia and is buried in the Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.

B B GEAKE

Second Lieutenant Boyd Burnet Geake was born in London on 21 March 1888. He was educated at Ashton Grammar School, Dunstable, and was in School House in 1900. He married Dorothy May Cutforth in 1915. Boyd arrived in France with the 9th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, a part of the 70th Brigade, on 27 August 1915. He was killed in action during the Battle of Albert on 1 July 1916 and is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood, near Albert (Grave V.C.14). He is commemorated on a memorial in Holy Trinity Church, Westcott, designed by George Frederick Watts.

J H JERRAM

Private John Henry Jerram was born on 15 October 1871. He was in Haine’s House in 1881 and 1882 and then went to Tonbridge. He left in 1888 and was for 15 years in the Head Office of the National Bank of Ireland in London. The Bank sent him to South Africa in 1904 because of ill health, and in 1906 he went to Canada and worked as a fruit rancher in British Columbia. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 14 July 1915 and served with the 54th Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment) Canadian Infantry as a Private. On 18 November 1916 the battalion took part in an advance on the Somme near Courcelette some six miles north of Albert where he received a leg wound. Though he was reported to have had his wound bound up and to have been making his way to the Dressing Station, all trace of him was lost and he was reported ‘wounded and missing’. Many months later it was reported that he must have been killed by a shell on his way to the Dressing Station, and that his body had been recovered and buried in the Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt (Grave I.E.6) in France.

W PENN-GASKELL

Captain William Penn-Gaskell was born on 9 November 1870. He was in School House at the College from 1884 to 1885 and later lived on the family property at Shanagarry near Cloyne, Co. Cork, in Ireland. He served as a Captain in the 18th Service Battalion (3rd City) Manchester Regiment and then in the 25th Battalion Manchester Regiment. He was killed in action on 12 October 1916 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (Addenda panel, Pier face 4C).

V SEYMOUR

Lieutenant Vere Seymour was born on 14 June 1879. He was in Blackwater House in the Michaelmas term of 1894. He joined the merchant marine and by 1911 had become a First Officer. He travelled to Sydney several times and joined the Royal Navy Reserve in 1911 as a Lieutenant. He served on the Campania, a merchant vessel commissioned by the Royal Navy, and was then in command on HMS Coquette. She was a 30 knot destroyer, built in 1897, that was sunk on 7 March 1916 by a mine laid by the German submarine UC10 captained by Alfred Nitzsche. The ship settled in two parts at the north entrance to Black Deep near Harwich. Seymour and 22 other crew members were killed. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

M M L SHATTOCK

Captain Montague Mancha Lloyd Shattock was born on 9 October 1867. He was in Blackwater House from 1875 to 1876 and was also educated at Hurstpierpoint and King's College, London, and was afterwards a member of the Stock Exchange. He enlisted in the Queen's Westminsters in November 1892 and obtained his commission as a Second Lieutenant on 5 April 1902; he was promoted Lieutenant on 6 June 1903 and Captain on 21 March 1905. He afterwards went through the Hythe musketry courses and became a musketry instructor. In 1905 he captained the team of the Queen's Westminsters which defeated a team of the 7th New York National Guard at Bisley. He had resigned his commission before war broke out, but re-joined on 5 August 1914. He went with his regiment to the Front and served in Flanders with No. 4 Company, 16th Battalion (Queen's Westminster Rifles), The London Regiment (TF). He was killed in action by a German sniper in the trenches near the River Lys, Armentières, on 8 January 1915 and is buried in Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension (Grave III.B.21).

W B STEWART

Captain William Beardmore Stewart as born on 4 April 1884 in Glasgow, the son of Duncan Stewart, an engineer, and Maria née Beardmore. He was in School House and then a Home Boarder from 1896 to 1897. He became an apprentice shipbuilder before enlisting and became a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery ‘D’ Howitzer Battery, 107th Brigade. He was killed in action on 24 May 1917 and is buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery (Grave II.B.17), near Ypres. He is commemorated on the Cardross War Memorial in Dunbartonshire where he lived.

E C TOULMIN

Private Edward Calvert Toulmin was born on 19 October 1896. He was in Gonville House from 1911 to 1912. He joined the 1/7th (City of London) Battalion, the London Regiment as a Private. The battalion left for France in March 1915 and saw action at Festubert in May 1915, Loos in September 1915 and Vimy Ridge in May 1916 where Toulmin was killed in action on 21 May 1916. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Bay 9 or 10.

C H VON DER PFORDTEN

Trooper Charles Herbert von der Pfordten was born on 16 June 1888 in Java. He was a Home Boarder in 1897. He worked as a pearler in Western Australia and served as a Trooper in ‘C’ Squadron of the 10th Australian Light Horse. He was wounded at Walkers Ridge, Gallipoli in July 1915 and following the withdrawal from the peninsula in December 1915 was sent with the Light Horse to Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. He died of cholera on 12 August 1916 a few days after the Battles of Romani and Bir El Abd. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial (panel 58), and on panel 8 in the Commemorative Area of the Australian War Memorial at Campbell, Canberra, ACT.

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