The Lost XV

The Lost XV


Stratford was no different to the rest of the country at the outbreak of the First World War, in a flush of patriotism our young men would rush to enlist in what was widely thought to be a potentially short lived but nevertheless ‘glorious’ conflict. Rugby players in particular, due to their team ethos and physical fitness, were specifically targeted, with large numbers enthusiastically enlisting at the outbreak of war (as can be seen in a recruiting poster from the period). Sadly, as we know, the reality of the conflict was far from the glorious adventure promised and many of our young men tragically lost their lives and failed to return. Ironically, Stratford upon Avon RFC recorded 15 players who didn't return from WW1:
‘The Lost XV’.
Row1, |Surname|First Name(s| Rank| Award Regiment| Died| Age|
Row2, |Bailey| Arthur William| Gunner| 15th Battalion, Royal Horse Artillery| 02/08/1917| 24|
Row3, |Berry| Edward Bayes| Lance Sergeant| Royal Warwickshire Regiment| 23/09/1916| 32|
Row 4,|Bloomer Arnold Grayson |Lieutenant| Lincolnshire Regiment|03/08/1917|31|
Row 5,|Bryan Cecil Clive| Major DSO| Royal Engineers| 11/08/1917| 42|
Row 6,|Burke Thomas Campbell|Captain|1st King George’s Ghurkha Rifles|19/12/1914|37|
Row 6,|Hands William Henry| Private Norfolk Regiment| 08/06/1918| 31|
Row7,|Hitchman Frank Percival| Private |Royal Warwickshire Regiment|06/10/1917|22|
Row8,|Kinman William Norman| Sergeant| MM & Bar| Royal Horse Artillery| 20/02/1918| 30|
Row 9,|Lambert Jack Dunlop| Private| Canadian Infantry| 07/09/1916| 28|
Row 10,| Morgan Leopold Cecil| Rifleman| New Zealand Rifle Brigade| 07/06/1917| 33|
Row11,| Mullaly| Charles Mylne| Captain| 2nd King Edward’s Own Ghurkha Rifles| 09/05/1915| 30|
Row12,|O'Callaghan| Duncan McKay MacDonald| Lieutenant| Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry| 15/03/1915| 23|
Row13,|Smith| Alfred Bennett| Q Sergeant| Royal Horse Artillery| 14/08/1914| 38|
Row 14,|Thompson Patrick Stapler| Lieutenant| MC| Royal Engineers| 27/04/1917| 32|
Row 15,|Wilson Harry Bernard| Lieutenant| Royal Air Force| 15/08/1918| 26|