Fallen Heroes

George Heremon Wyndham

wyndham2wyndham 1George Heremon Wyndham of the 3rd Battalion Devonshire Regiment, attached to the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, died 24th March 1915 on the Ypres Salient. He was 21, born 25th October 1893 to Guy Percy Wyndham, a Captain in the16th Lancers and his wife Edwina (Minnie). George had two cousins at St. Aubyns, Percy Wyndham and Lord Elcho. He went to Wellington after St. Aubyns, from 1907 to 1911, where he was in Murray House.
His father Guy was the youngest Wyndham sibling, brother to the three famous sisters and to George, Percy Wyndham’s father.
When his cousin Perf’s will became known after his death in France in1914, it was discovered that he had left his country home, the estate of Clouds in East Knoyle, Wiltshire, and an important house for the whole Wyndham family, to George’s brother Richard (known as Dick), who was three years younger than George, rather than either to Uncle Guy, their father, or to George himself as the elder male. The conclusion of their aunt, Madeleine Adeane, was that Perf simply liked Dick better, and apparently poor George’s nickname was “Grubby George”. However, in an aristocratic family such as the Wyndhams, such a bequest was very unusual. After his mother Minnie explained it to George, she wrote that “he has taken it as I knew he would, but of course he is very much surprised as he thought Percy was very fond of him but I think I quite showed him it was a thoughtless mistake and that Percy never thought it would come into force”.
After George’s death, in a rather odd attempt to bring some comfort to another aunt, his aunt wrote that she thought he would never have been happy in life, as he was so idealistic about fraternity and equality that he would have been bound to have been disappointed. His grandmother lost a total of five grandsons in the war, and they are all commemorated in a memorial placed at East Knowle by Madeleine Wyndham, their grandmother.

Thanks to Jane Pateman whose research is reprinted here with kind permission.

Percy Wyndham

Wyndham1Percy Lyulph (“Perf”)Wyndham was a regular army officer, a Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards. He died at Soissons aged 26 on 14th September 1914. The BEF had reached the Aisne river, and he was shot through the head by a sniper as he led his men out of a wood. At the time there was a lot of troop movements to and fro across the river, and his body was never subsequently found for burial. He is commemorated on the memorial at La Fouerte-sous-Jouarre, on the banks of the Aisne.
He came from a very aristocratic family, his grandfather Percy was the younger son of George Wyndham, 1st Baron Leconfield of Petworth House, and his father George was a prominent politician, the MP for Dover, and Secretary of State for Ireland, where Percy has spent some of his childhood. They shared a love of poetry. Percy’s mother was Sibell, Countess Grosvenor, previously the widow of the Duke of Westminster. Sibell was widowed again in 1913, just before the war. Perf’s father died suddenly in Paris where he had gone on holiday with his long-term mistress, and Perf had to go to bring back the body.
The family estate was Clouds, at East Knoyle in Wiltshire, which had been built by the elder Percy. His parents and especially his three aunts were prominent members of a late Victorian “set” called the Souls, who often met at Clouds. After his grandfather and father had both died between 1911 and 1913, Perf had moved into Clouds on his marriage to Hon. Diana Lister (daughter of Lord Ribblesdale and sister of Hon. Charles Lister) in 1913.

Charles Geofrey Hume


Hume1Company B, the 1st Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, died on 26th October 1914 near Ypres aged 24. Eight of the officers of Company B were killed in the space of three days between 24th and 26th October, six of whom have no known grave, including Charles, he is remembered on the Menin Gate. By the beginning of 1915, only one of 30 officers were still with their unit.

Charles was in the regular army, entering in 1908, having been at Malvern College from 1905-1907. He was with his battalion in Gibraltar in 1912, when it was reviewed by King George V, and he subsequently went with it to Pietermaritzburg.

He was the fifth child and fourth son of Edward Hume, a barrister with chambers at 4 Kings Walk, London, who lived in Weybridge. He was born on August 1st 1890 in Oatlands, Weybridge, Surrey, and his mother Agnes had died in 1898, when Charles was eight. His eldest brother, Edward, also in the South Staffordshires, died in August 1915, but his other two brothers, Alan and Bertram, survived the war and lived to old age.

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