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A War Memorial for Maidenhead College, 1914-1921

From 1891 when it was opened until 1947 when it was sold, our College Avenue site was home to a private school for boys (variously “The College School, Maidenhead” and “Maidenhead College”). For most of these years the College was owned by the Inglis family but unfortunately no formal records survive to tell us its story.  Building on research started by Year 10 boys in JOPA week, July 2014 and drawing on census, civil registration, military and other records, some 160 pupils, staff and family associated with the College have so far been identified with about 50 serving in some military capacity between 1914 and 1921.

Of these, at least twelve died on active service and this work-in-progress (which can be viewed online at seeks to create a memorial for them.


Pte Herbert Ashford Walford, 1/14 London Rgt (London Scottish), KIA at Messines, 01 Nov 1914, aged 25, no known grave, name commemorated on Menin Gate, Ypres.

Pte Leslie Francis Walford (brother of above), 1/14 London Rgt (London Scottish), KIA at Messines, 01 Nov 1914, aged 23, no known grave, Menin Gate, Ypres.

Rfn Errington Brewis, 1/21 London Rgt (Surrey Rifles), died in training, 24 Mar 1915, aged 24, buried Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield.

2/Lt Cyril Edward Cook, 2 Royal Sussex Rgt, died of wounds sustained at the Somme, 08 Jul 1916, aged 23, Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

Lt Sidney Edwin Bailey Thomas, 10 (att 13) Royal Sussex Rgt, KIA at the Somme, 03 Sep 1916, aged 21, Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel.

Cpl Robert Collier Brodie, 1/2 London Rgt (Royal Fusiliers), KIA at the Somme, 10 Sep 1916, aged 22, no known grave, Thiepval Memorial.

A/Bdr Victor Israel Heilbron, MM (LG 09 Dec 1916), Royal Horse Artillery, died of wounds sustained at Arras, 27 Apr 1917, aged 22, Duisans British War Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

Sjt Percy Naylar, 1/9 London Rgt (Queen Victoria’s Rifles), KIA at Passchendaele, 14 Aug 1917, aged 25, no known grave, Menin Gate, Ypres.

Lt Malcolm Shanks Carswell, 2 Royal Berks Rgt, KIA at Passchendaele, 17 Sep 1917, aged 27, Prowse Point British War Cemetery, Flanders.

T/2 Lt Charles William Homer, Royal Flying Corps, killed in flying accident, 27 Oct 1917, aged 23, Euston (St Genevieve) Churchyard, Suffolk.

Pte Ernest Peto, 6 Somerset Light Inf, KIA first day of the German Spring Offensive (Operation Michael), 21 Mar 1918, aged 18, no known grave, Pozieres Memorial.

2 Lt Henry Douglas Osborne, 5 East Kent Regt (The Buffs), died of disease, 24 Feb 1919, aged 31, Terlincthun British War Cemetery, Boulogne.

Their names liveth for evermore

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