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Arthur George Hunt

Arthur George Hunt was the youngest son of Frederick William Hunt, and was born in 1881. He joined Westminster in 1895 and was admitted to Grant’s House, where he remained until 1899. Hunt remained in England for two years, before deciding to immigrate to Canada.

He left for Canada in 1901 and remained until the outbreak of war. He initially joined the Seaforth Highlanders at Vancouver, before returning to England with a draft regiment in 1916. A few months later he became 2nd Lieutenant in the Irish Guards and was sent to the Western Front in 1918, attached to the Guards Machine Gun Regiment. It was here that he died in action, leaving behind his spouse, Katherine Bingham Powell.

1st Battalion of the Irish Guards in 1916
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Maurice Humphris Garrett

Maurice Humphris Garrett was born in 1884, son to Lewis Berry Garrett and Marion Garrett. His was brother of Ernest Phillips Garret, an Old Westminster and keen cricketer. Garrett joined Westminster School in 1899 and was admitted to Grant’s. Upon his departure in 1901 he is described in The Elizabethan as one of the school’s ‘shining lights’.

He initially joined the Artists’ Rifles Officer Training Corps, a volunteer branch of the Territorial Force, but in 1917 was made part of the 15th Battalion of the London Regiment. He was sent to the Western Front in the same year, and was killed in action in Peronne, France, in 1918. He is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois War Memorial near Arras.

Garrett as mentioned in the November 1901 edition of The Elizabethan.
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Francis Ingleby Harrison

Francis Ingleby Harrison was born in Underwood House, Hornsey Lane, Islington on 27th April 1883. He was the son of Reverend John James Harrison, R.N., of Highgate, and Louisa Edith, daughter of the Rev. Frederick William Darwall, Vicar of Sholden, Kent. His father was a Chaplain and Naval Instructor.

Francis was admitted to the school as a Queen’s Scholar in September 1897. He was an keen sportsman, and earning Pinks in Football and Cricket. Of his performance at Football, The Elizabethan notes:

He was elected to an exhibition at Christ Church, Oxford in 1902, but he left the University in 1904 to read for the Civil Service. He travelled to Ceylon, where he worked as a tea planter for a time. Then he went to manage a rubber property in Malaya.

He returned to England in 1915 to join the O.T.C. and enlisted as 2nd Lieutenant 3rd Battalion (Reserve) the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment in November. He went out to the western front in August 1916. In 1917, he was promoted to Lieutenant, and then was transferred to Italy in December. He returned to France in April 1918 and was Acting Captain, when he took gunshot wounds to the right thigh and foot, left arm and right foot. He was rushed to the 39th Stationary Hospital, but died there on 8th May 1918.

The 39th Stationary Hospital, Ascq, September 1919 (Art.IWM ART 3746)
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Thomas Reid Swinburne

Thomas Swinburne was born on February 2nd 1898, the only son of Major Thomas Baker Swinburne and Mary Hannah Reid. He was baptised in Darlington, County Durham in March of the same year and the family remained living in the town until at least 1911, when they were recorded in the Census. At some point following this they moved to Finchley and when Swinburne was admitted to Westminster School in January of 1913, he was a Homeboarder and thus would have lived at home. It is perhaps for this reason we have very few records of him while at the school, and all his appearances in school publications concern his presence in the Army or his obituary.

Swinburne attended Westminster for about two and a half years, leaving in July of 1915 and subsequently attending King’s College London, but seems to have been there for only a short amount of time, taking preliminary classes. On June 1st 1916 he enlisted, perhaps intentionally following his father’s footsteps – Major Thomas Baker Swinburne was a recipient of the Volunteer Officer’s Decoration, awarded for 20 years of meritorious service by officers of the UK’s Volunteer force. Swinburne’s own military career took him to the Royal Naval Air Service. He trained in the UK to receive his aviator’s certification and was deployed to France in the middle of May 1917.

Swinburne went missing on June 8th 1917, less than a month after arriving at the Western Front and a year and a week exactly after he first enlisted. His death was assumed in 1918, as described in the March 21st edition of Flight, and later reprinted in The Times:

Flight Sub-Lieutenant T. R. Swinburne, R.N., who has been missing since June 8th and is now presumed by the Admiralty to have been killed on that date, was the only son of Major and Mrs T. R. Swinburne, of Holmwood, Beechwood Avenue, Finchley and formerly of Glassensikes, Darlington. Born in February, 1898, he was educated at Westminster School, and King’s College, London. Joining the R.N.A.S. in June 1916, he went to France in May, 1917.

While UK records only indicated that Swinburne was flying a Sopwith Triplane, number N6293, and was chasing an enemy plane when he disappeared over enemy lines, subsequently married German records note that a German flying ace, Max Ritter von Muller, is recorded as claiming N6293 as a kill at 7:10 near the town of Le Quensnoy in northern France. Swinburne is commemorated on the Arras Flying Services Memorial, which lists almost 1000 members of the RNAS, RFC and RAF who were killed on the Western Front and have no known grave. He is also remembered on the headstone of his father, in Darlington West Cemetery.

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