Rhodes Scholars Lost in the Great War

Victoria High School Great War Memorial, Victoria, B.C. includes Rhodes Scholar [Alfred] Nelson King.

Victoria High School Great War Memorial, Victoria, B.C. includes 1912 Rhodes Scholar [Alfred] Nelson King. Killed May 10, 1916

Individuals Are Not Nations

It may have taken a while – yet once again I have managed to relocate a section of the library stacks familiar to me many years ago. With development at the University’s library rows upon rows of books have shifted to other areas of this repository of knowledge. I love my books, these books, assembled over many years and still before us all waiting for that person who seeks their contents. Exploring libraries is great fun and a wandering of these aisles reveals much about assembled knowledge.

I had never really worried about call numbers as I was so familiar with the old library layout. Today however, I am diligent at recording my place of return scratching down the Dewey decimal (LF503 / F8A5) for immediate recall. As I reach for the one text I have been in search of I ponder its neighbours, old English and other university histories. Volumes that to me are not forgotten tomes sitting upon dusty racks but papers filled with printed knowledge and history.

"NELSON KING". The B.C. 1912 Rhodes Scholars was killed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery.

“NELSON KING”. The B.C. 1912 Rhodes Scholars was killed as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Field Artillery.

Today’s discovery has brought me back to a history of Rhodes scholars and a record that includes those students who served in the Great War. In particular I have become interested in the knowledge lost to us all and from both sides of the fence, as this volume includes those from Germany. Who knows what these scholars might have contributed to our insights had they lived and as I read their names there are pages of accomplishments of those who survived the wrath of war and went on to publications, professorships, knowledge and lives lived.

Martin Clunes (left) as Mr. Chiping of Brookfield School.

Martin Clunes (left) as Mr. Chiping of Brookfield School.

It is in gathering these names of those who fell with the Allied or Central Powers that I also return to Martin Clunes as the goodly Mr. Chiping in the 2002 Masterpiece Theatre production of “Goodbye, Mr. Chips”. Playing the part of the beloved teacher, the performance by Clunes reminds me of the good in all people and what can be delivered when there is one who sets forward the good path before us all. In announcing to the students the roll call of the school’s fallen we watch flashbacks to faces of student characters lost to the school…and to their families and friends left to remember. Chips goes one step further though…announcing the loss of their former German professor…it is a reminder to us all.

“And finally I regret that I have to announce the sad death of a beloved colleague and fine teacher. Those of us who knew him will be sorry to hear that Maximilian Friedman Staefel was killed two weeks ago. [murmurings within the assembly]…..This school owes him much, such capacities as a teacher and a human being must not be clouded by issues of nationality even in such crucial times. Individuals are not nations. Let us remember Max Staefel, let us remember them all in our thoughts [heads bow]”.

Thank you Mr. Chips. Herewith the names of those Rhodes Scholars who fell during the Great War…let us remember them all in our thoughts.

Compilation document from:
Rhodes Scholarships
Record of Past Scholars
Elected Between the Years
1903 and 1927
Inclusive
[Oxford 1931]

Germany 1903
S.T.H. Erbe
Killed In Action

USA Virginia 1904
W.A. Fleet
Killed in Action May 18, 1918

Quebec, Canada 1905
T.M. Papineau
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.
Military Cross / Mentioned in Despatches
Killed in Action October 30, 1917

Bermuda 1905
A.J. Motyer
Canadian Field Artillery. Killed in Action September 15, 1916

Nebraska, USA 1905
A.H. Marsh
Died as a result of gassing October 7, 1918

Germany 1905
W. Haberland
Field Artillery. Killed in Action

Germany 1906
E.M.R. Stadler
Killed in Action 1914

Germany 1906
K. von Holtzbrinck
F.A. Lt.
Killed in Action

Germany 1906
Baron W. von Sell
Cavalry.
Died of Wounds November 19, 1914

Western Australia 1907
A.P. Turnbull
Australia Light Horse Gallipoli – 2nd Lieutenant
Killed in Action August 7, 1915

South Africa 1907
R.H.M. Hands
Imperial Light Horse and Royal Garrison Artillery. Acting Major
Died of Wounds April 20, 1918

South Africa 1907
S.G. Kriegler
Died in Hospital August 2, 1916

Germany 1907
G.A. Jacobi
Fell in the War

Canada 1908
Alberta and Saskatchewan
G.S. Fife
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Acting Captain
Killed in Action June 2, 1916

South Africa 1908 (Rhodesia)
C.H.F.A. Newton
60th Rifles.
Killed in Action March 13, 1916

Extra South African Scholar 1908
R.O. Lagden
King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Acting Major / Mentioned in Despatches.
Killed in Action March 6, 1915

Newfoundland 1908
J.B. Mitchell
London Regiment. Captain / Military Cross.
Killed in action September 15, 1916

Georgia, U.S.A. 1908
H.L. Jewett Williams
United States Infantry. Captain
Killed in Action June 9, 1918

Germany 1908
F. von Bethmann Hollweg
Fell in War

New Zealand 1909
A. MacDougall
1914 – 1916 Milit. Service; R. Fus.; France; Captain
Killed August 4, 1916

Rhodesia 1909
P.D. Wilmot
1914 – 1918 Military Service; German South West Africa, France Sussex Regiment; Lieutenant.
Killed in Action April 25, 1918

Rondenbosch, Diocesan College (Rhodesia) 1909
S.S.L. Steyn
1914 – 1917 Military Service; Royal Field Artillery; Salonica and Palestine; Lieutenant
Killed in Action December 8, 1917

South African College School, Cape Town 1909
W. Power
1916 – 1917 Military Service S.A.H. and Cape Corps, East Africa, Lieutenant.
Killed in Action November 6, 1917

Ohio, U.S.A. 1910
W.J. Bland
1917 – 1918 Military Service; U.S. Infantry; France; Major.
Killed in Action September 13, 1918

Germany 1910
Baron G.L.R. von Dalwig
1914 Military Service.
Fell in War

Quebec, Canada 1911
W.J. Pearse
1914 – 1917 Military Service; 1st King Edward’s Horse and Royal Horse Artillery. France, Belgium; Lieutenant; Military Cross.
Killed in Action April 9, 1917

Natal, South Africa 1911
N.L. Watt
1914 – 1917 Military Service; 1st King Edward’s Horse and Royal Flying Corps; France. 2nd Lieutenant
Killed in Action July 27, 1917

Rhodesia 1911
O.O. Staples
1914 – 1915 Military Service; 1st King Edward’s Horse and Royal Scots Fusiliers. France; 2nd Lieutenant
Killed in Action September 25, 1915

Stellenbosch Boys’ High School, South Africa 1911
F.W. Golightly
1915 – 1916 Military Service; South Africa Heavy Artillery; France; Gunner.
Killed in Action July 21, 1916

Jamaica 1911
D.P. Stephenson
1914 – 1915 Military Service; 1st King Edward’s Horse and Cheshire Regiment; France; 2nd Lieutenant
Died of Wounds May 24, 1915

British Columbia, Canada 1912
A.N. King
1914 – 1916 Military Service 1st King Edward’s Horse and Royal Field Artillery; France; 2nd Lieutenant
Killed in Action May 10, 1916

New Zealand 1912
A. Wallace
1914 – 1915 Military Service; N.Z. Engineers; Gallipoli; Sergeant Mentioned in Despatches.
Died of Wounds May 10, 1915

Rhodesia, South Africa 1912
S.A. Rodney-Ricketts
1914-1917 Military Service; 1st King Edward’s Horse and Royal Field Artillery.France; Acting Major; Military Cross.
Killed in Action October 31, 1917

Rondebosch, Diocesan College, South Africa 1912
A.W. McGregor
1914 – 1916 Military Service; Black Watch; France; 2nd Lieutenant.
Killed in Action February 27, 1916

Jamaica 1912
K.W. Calder
1914 – 1915 Military Service; Royal Field Artillery; Egypt & Gallipoli; 2nd Lieutenant
Died of Wounds December 21, 1915

Germany 1912
C.F.L. von Wurmb
Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class.
Killed in Action March 23, 1918

Germany 1912
C.B. Waldhausen
1914 – 1918 Military Service; Field Artillery and Air Force; France and Galacia; Lieutenant
Died as a result of Wounds December 18, 1920

Nova Scotia, Canada 1913
W.M. Billman
1914 – 1916 Military Service; Middlesex Regiment; France. 2nd Lieutenant.
Died of Wounds November 6, 1916

Prince Edward Island, Canada 1913
A.L. Collett
1914 – 1917 Military Service; Canadian Infantry and Gloucester Regiment, France and Belgium; Lieutenant
Died of Wounds September 1917

Western Australia 1913
A.P. Boor
1914 – 1917 Military Service; Oxf. and Bucks. L.I. and Royal Flying Corps; France, Salonika, Italy, Egypt
Lieutenant.
Died of Wounds November 1917

Rhodesia, South Africa 1913
R.G. Hart
1914 – 1916 Military Service; R. Warwickshire Regiment; France; 2nd Lieutenant.
Killed in Action July 1916

Rhodesia, South Africa 1913
D.E. Randall
1914 – 1919 Military Service; Royal Field Artillery; France
Major; Military Cross
1920 – 1924 Instructor Imperial Naval College, Etajima, Japan. 5th Order of the Rising Sun
Died in England May 31, 1926, as the result of War Service

Newfoundland, 1913
G.H. Hayward
1914 – 1917 Military Service; Royal Fusiliers; France; Private.
Killed in Action April 5, 1917

Georgia, U.S.A. 1913
H.D. Towson
1918 – 1919 Military Service; Machine Gun Corps; France; Sergeant
Died September 27, 1919 as indirect result of active service.

British Columbia, Canada 1914
B.E. Atkins
1915 – 1917 Military Service; N. Staffordshire Regiment; Mesopotamia; Captain. Mentioned in Despatches.
Killed in Action February 25, 1917

Nova Scotia 1914
V.K.Mason
1915 – 1916 Military Service; Suffolk Regiment; France. 2nd Lieutenant.
Killed in Action August 4, 1916

South Australia 1914
A.W. Morey
1914 – 1918 Military Service; Royal Scots and Royal Flying Corps Lieutenant. Military Cross. Mentioned in Despatches.
Killed in Action February 1918

Rhodesia, South Africa 1914
E. St. C. Tulloch
1914 – 1916 Military Service; Northumberland Fusiliers; France Lieutenant.
Killed in Action July 7, 1917

Massachusetts, U.S.A. 1914
C.F. Hawkins
1918 U.S. Chemical Warfare Service. Corporal
Died December 27, 1918 as indirect result of burns received in course of his work.

Ohio, U.S.A. 1914
W.W. Sant
Y.M.C.A. work with troops in Egypt.
Died in Egypt June 1917

South Dakota, U.S.A. 1914
R.H. Warren
Belgian Relief Committee 1915. American Ambulance in France 1916.
Médaille d’Honneur awarded by French Government 1916
Died at Bordeaux, France November 28, 1916

Nova Scotia, Canada 1915
H.A. McCleave
1915 – 1916 Military Service; Canadian Infantry; France and Belgium. Lieutenant.
Died of Wounds October 10, 1916

Western Australia 1915
H.E. Whiteman
1916 Military Service; Inns of Court O.T.C. and Royal Flying Corps Lieutenant.
Killed while flying in England, October 23, 1916

New Zealand 1915
H.S. Richards
1915 – 1918 Military Service; Essex Regiment and Royal Air Force France; Lieutenant.
Killed while flying in England August 1, 1918

Rhodesia, South Africa 1915
T.A. Carnegie
1915 – 1916 Military Service; Inns of Court O.T.C. and King’s Royal Rifle Corps; France; Lieutenant.
Killed in Action August 1917

Rhodesia, South Africa 1915
V.A.E. Elliott
1916 – 1918 Military Service; Royal Field Artillery; France, Belgium; Captain.
Killed in Action March 25, 1918

Rondebosch, Diocesan College, South Africa 1915
J.S.D. Clarke
1915 – 1917 Military Service; Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders; Palestine; Lt.
Killed in Action November 10, 1917

South African College School 1915
L.M. Platnauer
1914 – 1917 Military Service; Cape Peninsular Rifles; German S.W. Africa; West Yorkshire Regiment; France and Belgium; 2nd Lieutenant
Presumed to have died of Wounds May 3, 1917

New Zealand 1916
A. Hudson
1915 – 1916 Military Service; N.Z.R.B; France; Lieutenant.
Killed in Action July 1916

Rhodesia, South Africa 1916
J.C. Tredgold
1914 – 1917 Military Service; South African Inf. in German S.W. Africa and Royal Scots in France; Lieutenant; Military Cross.
Killed in Action April 12, 1917

Bermuda 1916
L. De G. Godet
1916 – 1918 Military Service; Royal Flying Corps and Royal Field Artillery; France; Lieutenant.
Killed in Action June 1, 1918

Jamaica 1916
F.R. Milholland
1914 – 1918 Military Service; Yorkshire Regiment; France, Belgium; Captain.
Died of Wounds February 26, 1918

Alabama, U.S.A. 1916
W. Rushton
1917 – 1918 American Red Cross; France, Italy
1918 – 1919 Military Service; U.S. Infantry; France; Corporal
Died February 1919 on board ship returning from France

Virginia, U.S.A. 1917
G.W. Anderson
1917 – 1918 Military Service; U.S.F.A.; France; Captain.
Killed in Action November 1, 1918

Wisconsin, U.S.A. 1917
L. Johns
1917 – 1918 Military Service; U.S.F.A.; France; Lieutenant; Distinguished Service Cross.
Killed in Action November 30, 1918

Stellenbosch Boys’ High School, South Africa 1917
G.L. Murray
1917 – 1918 Military Service; R.A.F.; France; 2nd Lieutenant.
Killed in Action April 1918

Nevada, U.S.A. 1917
T.H. Edsall
1917 – 1918 Base Hospital Unit, California.
Died January 1, 1918

Ohio, U.S.A. 1917
E.H. van Fleet
1917 – 1918 Military Service; U.S. Signal Corps; Corporal.
Died on Transport January 17, 1918


About The Author

pferguson
Paul has worked with the Paradigm Motion Picture Company since 2009 as producer, historian and research specialist. Paul first met Casey and Ian WIlliams of Paradigm in April 2007 at Ieper (Ypres), Belgium when ceremonies were being held for the re-dedication of the Vimy Memorial, France. Paul's sensitivity to film was developed at an early age seeing his first films at RCAF Zweibrucken, Germany and in Sardinia. Paul returned to Canada in 1967 and was further amazed by David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Bridge on the River Kwai". Film captivated Paul and with time he became increasingly interested in storytelling, content development, character, direction, cinematography and soundtracks. At the University of Victoria, Paul studied and compared Japanese and Australian film and became interested in Australian film maker Peter Weir and his film "Gallipoli" (1981). Paul was entranced when he learned Weir had visited the beaches, ridges and ravines of the peninsula. The film "Gallipoli" alone led Paul on many journeys to sites of conflict in England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Malta, Hawaii and Gallipoli. It was, however, when Paul watched documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, "The Civil War", that Paul understood how his own experience and insight could be effective and perhaps influential in film-making. Combining his knowledge of Museums and Archives, exhibitions and idea strategies with his film interests would be a natural progression. Paul thinks like a film-maker. His passion for history and storytelling brings to Paradigm an eye (and ear) to the keen and sensitive interests of; content development, the understanding of successful and relational use of collections, imagery and voice. Like Paul's favorite actor, Peter O'Toole, he believes in the adage “To deepen not broaden.” While on this path Paul always remembers his grandmother whose father did not return from the Great War and how his loss shaped her life and how her experience continues to guide him.

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