Date of Death:
Roylance-Court William Hubert (Algy)
9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers
26 september 1885 ,Osmaston Manor , Co.Derby
24 may 1915
Son of Mary C. Roylance Court and the late W. Roylance Court, of Manor House, Middlewich. Cheshire
Educated at Wixenford Preparatory School and Eton.
Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery
Plot II , Row B , Stone 16
6 july 1907
4 march 1910
23 april 1913
24 may 1915
Gazetted Second Lieutenant from the Royal Garrison Artillery Militia to the 9th Lancers.
Was for a lengthy period stationed with his regiment at Potchefstroom , South Africa.
When War broke out in August the 9th Lancers were at Mooltan Barracks , Tidworth, from whence they proceeded direct to France, being among the first contingent of the British Army to take part in the fighting in Belgium.
He was wounded in the foot by shrapnel and after being in a hospital for a short time came home for a few days.
Captain Roylance-Court was second in command of "B" Squadron, the senior officer being Francis Grenfell (see this cemetery).
The force occupied trenches near Hooge, some 60 to 80 yards from those of the enemy.
He was in the act of communicating by telephone with the Base regarding the enemy's gas attack and the general situation, when he was shot through the head and killed instantly. A lot of the officers died that day.
The Adjutant of the 9th Lancers ,when writing to a friend referred to the incidents and said:
'It certainly was a bad day , but the regiment came out with much praise from everybody.
This is some consolation to us for the loss of a great many friends,and in spite of losses the reputation of the regiment increases. Algy did a particularly gallant thing on the day he was killed. When reinforcements were required he went down from the fire trenches through a terrific shell fire (any messengers we sent on this day were killed or wounded) and led up a company of the Buffs,showed them where they were wanted.
They suffered severely on the way, having to cross about 2000 yards of very open ground, which was swept by an absolute curtain of shell fire."
He was interrred on the same day as Captain Grenfell at Vlamertinghe Churchyard.
He was a very capable officer and a thorough sportsman and when on leave was a familiar figure in the Cheshire Hunt, of which his father was joint Master for four years.
He was an enthousiastic polo player and won several point-to-point races for his regiment .
Golf was another sport of which he was fond.