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Acworth John Arden
1st / 7th Bn. Worcestershire Regiment
20 may 1898
13 october 1917
Son of H. A. Acworth, of "The Palms," Orchard Rd., Malvern
He came to Winchester College 1911-16 from Twyford School where he was Head Boy. He was in Culver House with the Reverend F P David and in his last year won the King’s Gold Medal for English Essay and the Moore-Stevens Divinity Prize.
He went up to Magdalen College, Oxford in the autumn of 1916, and spent a term waiting until he was old enough to join an Officer Cadet Battalion.
Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Plot XII , Row H , Stone 20
25 april 1917
27 june 1917
9 october 1917
Gazetted Second Lieutenant, after four months training at Oxford, to the 3rd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment at Catterick, and two months later was transferred to the 1st/7th Battalion, Worcestershires Proceeding to France
Paid a last visit in England before leaving for France, apart from to his own home, was to Winchester and his old House.
He went into action for the first and only time , towards the end of the campaign which culminated in the capture of Passchendaele Ridge.
He fell severely wounded in the chest by a shell splinter in the early morning while in command of his company.
He was taken to a Field Ambulance Unit and a dressing station, and then to No. 4 Casualty Clearing Staiton (Dozinghem) at Westvleteren.
However, a few days later gas gangrene developed in the wound and he died.
The Hospital Matron wrote to his father that “everything possible was done for him, he died very suddenly at 4.45 p.m. on October 13th”.
He had been conscious very nearly to the last, and showed himself, as the Matron testified, “a good patient”