• Christina Drummond

Second Lieutenant Kenneth Theodore Dunbar Wilcox, 8th Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regim


Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915, Second Lieutenant Kenneth Theodore Dunbar Wilcox, 8th Battalion, the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment was killed in action near Lankhof Chateau at Ypres.

The son of the Reverent Alfred Wilcox, Vicar of St. George’s, Battersea Park (also chaplain to XV Scottish Division and the Highland Division), he was educated at Westminster School, and was a Westminster Exhibitioner of Christ Church, Oxford. At school he had been elected as a resident King’s Scholar, and was considered responsible for several victories of the college cricket team; he did not complete his degree at university as he enlisted in the Public Schools Battalion, Middlesex Regiment.

In October of 1914, he was commissioned in the Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, arriving on the Western Front on the 8th of October in 1915. He saw action during the fighting south of Ypres, and was fatally wounded a month after leaving England. His father travelled to Belgium to bury his son in the Reninghelst Churchyard at West-Vlaanderen. On his grave are carved the words: Faithful Unto Death”.

Kenneth, from London, was 20 years old.

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