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The news this week 100 years ago: 26th January - 1st February 1918

Friday 26 January 2018

This week we remember three Old Salopians on the centenary of their death during World War 1.

Chaplain 4th Class The Rev. Arnold John Bennett MC, Army Chaplains' Department attd. 230th Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps.
School House, left in 1900, serving for a while in the Baden Powell Constabulary in South Africa, later living in Canada. Ordained in 1908, he became Curate of Pewsey, Wiltshire before responding to the Archbishop’s Western Canada Appeal and going for four years to the Railway Mission, Regina, Canada. Volunteering as a temporary Army Chaplain with the Royal Warwick’s, he won his MC in July 1916, before being transferred to Palestine, where he contracted a fever.

Died of illness in Egypt, 26th January 1918, aged 34.
Buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. Grave E. 135.

Lieutenant Guy Henry Goad Crosfield, 5th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Rifle Brigade.
Chance’s, (now Severn Hill), Head of House, left in 1915. One of his Senior officers remarked that he was “one of the most delightful lads I ever met and that kind of English Gentleman who makes the ideal officer whom men look up to and follow anywhere; he was calm, steadfast, determined and brave…. He did not know what fear was.”
When attempts were made to recover his body, one of his friends endured being shot three times, such was his loyalty.

Killed in action in France 26 January 1918 aged 20.
Buried at Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux, France. Grave II. B. 21.

Captain Alfred Gordon Whitehead, 25th Sqdn. Royal Flying Corps.
Churchill’s, Head of House, Football XI (an exceptionally strong one), he had considerable mathematical ability, left in 1911 for Caius College, Cambridge. He received his commission in 1915 with the West Yorks. Regt., seconded by the R.F.C. in January 1917. By January 1918 he was gazetted temporary Captain while acting as Flight Commander.

Killed in action in France, 29th January 1918, aged 25. Younger brother of Geoffrey Nield Whitehead, who died 15th October 1917.
Buried at Grand-Seraucourt British Cemetery, France. Grave VI. J. 16.

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