HUMFREY Douglas Herbert Washington

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Douglas Herbert Washington Humfrey was a pupil and Head Boy at Oakham School where he was educated between 1902 and 1907. He was also a rugby and cricket Colour. He went on to Lincoln College, Oxford where he gained a BA and went to Russia to work as a private tutor. Douglas was the son of Reverend Algernon GP and Catherine CL Humfrey from Banbury, one of a dozen vicars' sons from the school to die in the First World War. He became a Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry and then transferred to the 2nd Battalion. He was killed in action on 16 May 1915 during the attack on Fromelles during the Battle of Aubers Ridge, aged 27. Douglas is remembered on Panel 26 of Le Touret Memorial, and on the war memorial at Oakham School.

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  • Le Touret Memorial 5
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Born 1888.One of five brothers to attend Oakham School, three of whom fought in the First World War (one died in 1913 as a tea planter in India before the outbreak of war and one served as a diplomat in West Africa); his elder brother Captain Albert Alexander Pargiter Humfrey, MC & Bar, died in 1920 of a war-inflicted illness.School photos to follow.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 3:59pm

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