Manley Frederic Ashwin was born on 2nd July 1887 and was the son of a vicar. He attended Dulwich School prior to studying at Westminster, and successfully undertook the Challenge. He was admitted as a Queen’s Scholar in 1901. He left the school three years later, joining Pembroke College Cambridge and remaining there until 1909. In 1910, he followed in his father’s footsteps and was ordained, becoming Curate to the Pembroke College Mission in Surrey. In 1913, he married Marjorie Edith Morgan, who remained with him throughout his life.
He completed his Master’s Degree the following year, although from the start of the war there are limited documents pertaining to his role in military service. Records indicate he was a member of the Artists Rifles, like many Old Westminsters before him. As a member of the Artists Rifles he was a private, but beyond this it is difficult to trace the details of his role in service. He died of influenza on 19th December 1918, and is buried at Highgate Cemetery in London.
Alexander Gordon joined Westminster in 1907 and boarded in Rigaud’s House. We do not know much about his first few years at the school. In 1912 he took part in his houses’ Tug of War Team, weighing in at 11st, by the following year’s match, he had gained 10lb. He was also part of the Officer Training Corps, obtaining the rank of Lance-Corporal whilst at the school and performing well at shooting matches.
When Gordon left the school in July 1913 and took up a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge. However, shortly after the outbreak of war, he joined the Queen’s Westminster Rifles, a natural choice given the rifle practice he had had at school. He took a commission at a 2nd Lieutenant in November and was promoted through the ranks, becoming a Captain in November 1916. He went out to the western front in September 1917 and was killed in action at Moeuvres in November as part of the capture of Bourlon Wood.
Gordon was buried in Hermies Hill British Cemetery in France. His death is recorded on a family memorial in Highgate Cemetery.