Edward Claude Bernard Bosanquet

Imperial Light Horse
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Date of death:
12 September 1918
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BOSANQUET Edward Claude Bernard

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Captain Edward Claude Bernard Bosanquet was a pupil at Oakham School between 1901 and 1902. He had served as a Corporal in the 2nd Battalion Imperial Light Horse during the fighting in German South West Africa and then with the Royal Garrison Artillery until he was invalided out on 27 March 1918. Captain Bosanquet was travelling back to South Africa with his wife Dorothy on board a passenger liner, the SS Galway Castle, on 12 September 1918. At 7.30 am 160 miles south west of Fastnet, the ship was torpedoed by German submarine U82 which broke her back. On board were 400 South African walking wounded, 346 passengers and 204 crew members. It was thought that she would sink immediately and it appeared that U82 was lining up for another attack. Several lifeboats were swamped by heavy seas and many passengers finished up in the sea. Other ships rescued survivors who were taken back to Plymouth. 143 people drowned, including Edward and his wife. He is remembered in Oakham School Chapel.

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  • Oakham School Chapel
  • Oakham School Memorial 1

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Born 1885; again, not a Rutlander!Killed by enemy action (the sinking of SS Galway Castle) but not killed in action, since he was a civilian passenger on the ship.No known memorial.
By BN on Tuesday 17th June '14 at 2:16pm

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More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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