• Christina Drummond

Lieutenant Jerome Joseph Fane De Salis, 8th Battalion, the Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own, Terri


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Jerome Joseph Fane De Salis, 8th Battalion, the Middlesex (Duke of Cambridge’s Own, Territorials) Regiment, died from the effects of a wound received almost three weeks earlier on the Western Front.

He had suffered a severe head wound on the 13th of September in the fighting near Ypres. Although he was able to be transported to hospital in Lincoln, his condition was too grievous and he could not be saved.

Lieutenant De Salis was one of fourteen children of Sir Cecil Fane De Salis KCB, a barrister and landowner with governing interest in many hospitals, councils and schools. He had been educated at Clayesmore School in Pangbourne, Uxbridge County School, the University of London (where he joined the Officer Training Corps), and Northampton Polytechnic Institute in Clerkenwell, London, where he studied engineering.

He is buried in the St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Harlington in Middlesex. His younger brother, Second Lieutenant George Rodolph Fane De Salis, also of the 8th Battalion, the Middlesex Regiment, was later killed in action in June of 1917 at Wancourt, Pas-de-Calais, in France.

Jerome, of Portnall Park in Surrey, was 19 years old.

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