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Captain Cameron O'Bryen Harford Methuen, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Captain Cameron O’Bryen Harford Methuen, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was killed in action on the Western Front. Born In Heidelberg in 1876, he was the son of the distinguished Colonel C.L. Methuen (Commander of 1st City of Bristol Volunteers and late of the Cameron Highlanders). Educated at Harrow and privately with military tutors, he joined the Warwickshire Militia in 1895, gazetted to the 1st Battalion in 1898, promoted to Lieutenant later that year, and to Captain in 1901. He volunteered for active service at the outbreak of the South African war, was attached to the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and was present at the relief of Ladysmith, as well as seeing action at Colenso, the Transvaal, Pretoria and Diamond Hill. He received the Queen’s Medal with five clasps and the King’s Medal with two clasps. After Colenso his own regiment had been sent out, so he rejoined them and remained with the Mounted Infantry for the remainder of that war. After the Great War broke out, his regiment was recalled and he disembarked with them at Zeebrugge on the 4th of October; on the 21st he was near Ypres, viewing the scene through field-glasses, when he was shot by a sniper and killed instantly. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in West Flanders, Belgium. Cameron, from Pumpsaint, Carmarthenshire, was 38 years old.

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