Roll of Honour

The school remembers with sadness and pride the part played by its old boys in times of armed conflict. It also remembers the men of the Tongswood Estate who died in the First World War. The names of the old boys are commemorated in the School Chapel; the names of the men of Tongswood, on the Memorial Stone

A total of one hundred and thirty old boys saw active service in the First World War. Of which thirty were killed (a proportion of just under 1 in 4). Twenty five were awarded military distinctions a list which included seven DSOs and ten MCs.

We do not have a full list of the number of old boys who fought in the Second World War, however, forty were known to have been killed. A total of eighty one distinctions were won of which were fifteen DSOs, thirteen MCs, & seven DFCs.

What follows is the beginnings of a digital archive. Any further biographic details would be very gratefully received.


The Boer War (1899-1901)- Old Boys


Dates at SRS

Senior School


Date of death


Arnell, A.W.





First names could be Ashley W

Kerans, P




8 June 1900

First names: Percy Lyons.  Died in Kroonstad.  Was a Lieutenant in Roberts Horse Regiment of South Africa Field Force.

Smellie, N.W.





First names: Norman William

World War I (1914-18)- Men of Tongswood



Date of death


Collins, Spencer




Cook, James




Gunther, Charles Emil Lt

2nd Life Guards

24th Sept 1918 (st Quentin)

See photo and notice in hall before chapel

Gunther, Norman Otto Fredick Lt

Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles

11th July 1917 (Monchy Le Pruex)

See photo and notice in hall before chapel. Awarded the Victoria Cross.

Handscombe, Frederick




Mennie, Alexander




Moore, Percy




Potter, Charles




Rich, Frank




Stanbridge, Percy




Weller, Henry




Wicken, Herbert




World War I (1914-18)- Old Boys

NameDates at SRSSenior SchoolRegiment /unitDate of death 
Bostock ,Lt. E.L.1896-99Haileybury4th Battalion., Royal Sussex Regiment5th April 1917First names: Edward Lyon.  1911 census shows farming in Canada. Father is a doctor.  One of 10 children.
Bostock, Lt.N.S.1896-1901Haileybury“B” Battery. 162nd Brigade., Royal Field Artillery.22nd April 1917First names: Neville Stanley. 1911 census shows farming in Canada.  Father is a doctor.  One of 10 children.
Cartland ,Capt G.T.1905-06Winchester College1st Bn, Rifle Brigade1st July 1916First names: George Trevor
Coldham, 1st Lt. G.H.1906-11Repton SchoolMachine Gun Corps, 64th Battalion17th September 1916First names: George Herbert.  1911 census shows as boarder aged 14 at St Ronan’s School.  Died in France.
Cornish ,1st Lt. P.V.1897-1902WellingtonMiddlesex RegimentFirst names: Philip Victor.  1911 census shows him as a boarder at St Ronan’s.
Crick, 1st Lt. W.H.R.1904-10Lancing CollegeD Company, 2/4th Battalion Dorset Regiment9th April 1918
Delap, 2nd Lt. J.F.B.1908-12Repton School8th Yorkshires, 1st Battalion18th October 1916.First names: John Follansbee Bredin. Aged 19 year. Father Reverend.
Frank, 1st Lt. R.J.B.1897-1901Haileybury4th Bn, Royal Sussex Regt.6th June 1916First names: Robert James Brownlaw. Died in Ismalia in Egypt.
Gameson, Lt. G.H.M.1900-05Blundells School3rd Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers14th March 1917First names: George Henry Molyneux.
Goodall ,2nd Lt. G.L.M.1902-08East Lancashire Regiment, 3rd Battalion9th May 1915First names: George Mortimer Langdon
Hadley, Capt P.S.1906-09CharterhouseNorthants Regt24th October 1918First names: Peyton Sheldon.  Medals: MC.  Died at 23 years.
Heygate, Capt C.R.1895-1900RadleyKing’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry1st July 1916First names: Claud Raymond. Medals: Victory and British.
Holberton, Lt.-Col. P.V.1891-93ShrewsburyManchester Regt.26th March 1918First names: Philip Vaughan.  Medals: Victory, British and 1915 Star.
Hughes, 2nd Lit. L.H.1904-10Lancing (Exh)3rd North Staffs29th October 1914First names: Lionel Holford
De Mussenden Leathes, 2nd Lit. R.H.1909-14Studied abroad“B” Bty. 62nd Bde ,Royal Field Artillery18th April 1917First names: Robert Herbert.
Maidlow , Major J.S.1888-89St  PaulsRoyal Artillery23rd August 1914Medals: Victory, British and 1914 star. Died at Le Mons.
Matheson ,2nd Lt . R.K.1903-06Wellington20th Royal West Kent regt8th Sept 1916First names: Roderick Kyrle. Medals: Victory, British and 1914/15 star. He died whilst a prisoner of war.
Matheson ,Capt I.K.1903-06Wellington2nd Seaforth Highlanders13th May 1917First names: Ian Kenneth. Brother of Alexander Percival Matheson.
Matheson, Lt. A.P.1903-06Wellington55th squadron, Royal Flying Corps13th July 1917First names: Alexander Percival.  Fought in Belgium.  Medals:Victory, Britsh, 14 and 15 star. Buried in Belgium.  Age 19 years.
Father was Sir Alexander Perceval Matheson and mother Lady Eleanor Matheson.
Morgan, R.C.1891-93
Nelson, 1st Lt. W.H.V.1904-09Westminster (Sch)Sherwood Foresters18th July 1916First names:   William Horace Vere.  Died of wounds.  King George’s Coronation medal.  Died 20 years.
Plant, 2nd Lt. H.C.F.1904-07North Staffs3rd May 1917First names: Holford Charles Foundrivier
Medals: Victory and British medals.  Died aged 22 years. Buried at Arras.
Raymond-Barker, 1st Lt. C.L.1905-06HarrowRifle Brigade 12th Battalion (The Princes Consort’s Own)25th September 1915First names: Cecil Langton. Killed at Loos aged 23 years.
Richardson ,1st Lt. D.B.1903-07GreshamsRoyal Engineers and Royal Flying Corps29th July 1916First names: Douglas Birch. Died in France.  His rank was captain when he died.  Shows studying as an engineer at 18.
Tanner, 1st Lt. J.H.1902-05Lancing College10th (Service) Battalion Hampshire Regt15th Sept 1916First names: John Howard
Died in Macedonia.
Tillyer, Lt. R.B.B.1902-07Haileybury“C” Coy. 1st Battalion., Royal Warwickshire Regiment25th April 1915First names: Richard Bateson Blunt
Records show wounded and missing.  They show killed in action. Medals: British, Victory and 1914 Star.
Vaisey ,Capt R. M.1897-1900ShrewsburyRoyal Field Artillery, 36 bde7th September 1918First names: Roland Maddison.  Killed in action. Age 31 years.  Father was a solicitor.
The 1911 census shows Roland’s profession as solicitor. 1901 census shows him as a border at Shrewsbury where he was from 1900 – 1903.
Walker, 2nd Lt. A. G.1899-1903Haileybury 4th North Staffs17th May 1915First names: Archdale Gillam.  Died at Festubert, France. Medals: British, Victory and 1915 Star. Was Captain when he died. Aged 25 years.  His father was a civil servant.  1901 census shows him as a border at St Ronan’s school.
Boyd-Wallis, 2nd Lt. D1902-05Cheltenham CollegeConnaught Rangers, 3rd Battalion23rd July 1915First names: Duncan Boyd. Attached to Royal Munster Fusilliers. Died of wounds at Choques near Béthune. On his 24th birthday.  Medals victory, british and 1915 star.
1911 census was student at Cambridge University aged 19 years.
Wynter, Capt. C.D., DSO1894-97EtonIrish Guards5th October 1915First names: Cecil Domville? Died 5th October 1915 of his wounds. Aged 32 years. Comments: Attached to 2nd Battalion.  Cecil Domville of Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire.  Address 17 Park Lane?  Wife: Margaret Constance Wynter. Received the Victory medal, British medal and 1915 Star medal.  2nd Battalion fighting in Battle of Loos in October 1915.Rudyard Kipling’s son John served in the 2nd Battalion and died on 27th September 1915.
National archives – WO 339/41541.The Manor House, a handsome mansion in the Elizabethan style, is at present occupied by Col. Walter Wynter (1897) Little Rissington.
DSO means distinguished service order – The order was established for rewarding individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. It was a military order, until recently for officers only, and normally given for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy.

World War II (1939-45)

NameDates at SRSSenior SchoolRegiment /unitDate of death 
Acland, F/Lt. S. J.D1925-30StoweRAF (V.R)Died 30th December 1942.  Died of Pneumonia. No. 3 Camp Tokyo.  Buried Japan. POW, Malaya.First names: Simon John Dyke.  Died aged 26 years.
Arbuthnot, Major H.M.1921-24EtonR.A.S.Italy, 1943.
Beal. Capt. G.R.W1913-16Winchester1943.
Biddulph, Capt. M.A.1906-09RNC DartmouthRoyal Engineers1943 Germany
Bingay, 2nd Lieut. S.W.G.1927-31RugbyRoyal Berks Regt.He was killed in a raid on Filton aerodrome (Bristol) on 25th September 1940 at the age of 22 with 14 of his platoon.
Bosworth-Smith, Lt. M.D.1929-34HarrowRoyal ArtilleryBurma, 1945.
Bray, Capt. P.R.1928-33EtonItaly, 1944
Croft,  Capt.Sir James1916-20EtonHerefordshire Yeomanry
Cutlack, Capt. R.C.1924-28WellingtonCambridge Regt.Malaya, 1942
Dyson, Lt-Col. G. St J.A.1902-06HarrowPOW.  Korea.
Eustace,  Lieut. J.P. , RN1925-30RNC Dartmouth (Sch)
Fergusson, Capt. C.C.1931-35WellingtonRoyal ArtilleryNormandy, 1944.
Gauvain,  S/Ldr. J.H. MB,1925-29StoweRAFVR.1944
Gregson, Major M.C.1918-22GreshamsRoyal Artillery1942
Griffith,  Comdr. R.W. ,R.N1915-19RNC Dartmouth (Schol Osborne 1918)HMS BermudaDied 1st April 1943. Washed overboardRobert Ward Griffith.
Gt Uncle of RVS
Hanbury, s/Ldr. P.H. C. DFC and Bar.1929-33WellingtonHamburg 1945.
Harper, Lieut. J.N.1925-30WellingtonRACLibya, 1941
Harvey, Major E.N.D.1914-17Wellington1944.
Havers, Lt.-Comdr. P.H. ,R.N1916-211943
Horne., Lieut. E.T.G.1931-36WellingtonItaly, 1944
Hoyle, Capt. J.E.1928-33MarlboroughRoyal ArtilleryHolland, 1945.
Humphreys, Capt. N.M. . RM.1919-22St. EdmundsHMS Glorious
Jocelyn,  Mid. The Hon. J.C.1935-37RNC Dartmouth (Sch)HMS Barham1941
Langdon, F/Lt. G.E.1916-20Wellington
Loveday, Lieut. J. , R.N.1922-25RNC Dartmouth (Sch)HMS Exmouth1940
Macpherson, F/O. C.J.1921-28Stowe (Sch)1943
Money,  2nd Lieut R.C.1927-32WellingtonCameronians (Scottish Rifles)1940
Morgan-Smith, W/Comdr. R.G.S.1920-25Wellington (Sch)
Penrose, Lt. D.J.O.1929-30StoweRoyal Dragoon Guards.Belgium, 1944.
Price, Lt.-Comdr. R.A. , DSO, RN1921-25RNC Dartmouth1943
Robertson, Sub-Lt. D.P. , RN.1927-32StoweHMS Ardent
Skinner, 2nd Lt. E.S.1932-36EtonColdstream Guards.Salerno, 1943.
Skinner, Lt. J.1930-34Eton19th Lancers. Burma,1945
Thomas, Major R.H.J. ,MVO,1915-19WellingtonRoyal Horse Artillaery
Thomson,  2nd Lieut. D.A.G.1929-31WellingtonBlack Watch.1940.
Trollop-Bellew, 2nd Lieut. A.F.1933-35EtonK.R.R.Libya 1942
Vaisey, J.R.M.1924-29Shrewsbury
Venables, Capt. J.H.C.1927-32HarrowColdstream Guards.Middle East , 1943
Vogel, Brig.F.W. ,OBE.1911-16HarrowNorth Africa, 1942
Young, C.A.C.1935-40Bryanston