Donald Whitmore Ryan was a pupil at Oakham between 1904 and 1912. He came from an Army family, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Henry and Penelope Ryan who lived at Earls Court in London, and the grandson of Colonel T Maxwell and Colonel E M Ryan. Donald was a Second Lieutenant with the 2nd Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment. He was killed in action on 9 May 1915 during the Battle of Aubers Ridge aged 20 while attached to the 2nd Battalion. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 7, and on the war memorial in Oakham School chapel.
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