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Lieutenant Rupert Charles Inglis. 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, the South Wales Borderers

June 29, 2019


Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1915, Lieutenant Rupert Charles Inglis. 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, the South Wales Borderers, died the day after being greviously wounded in action on the Western Front. 

The son of a Justice of the Peace, and the grandson of Major General John Inglis K.C.B., the defender of Lucknow, he was educated at St. Andrew’s School, Eastbourne, and Uppingham.  On leaving school he and his younger brother went to British Columbia where they were engaged in successful farming.  At the outbreak of the Great War, they returned to England and both gained commissions in the South Wales Borderers.

Lieutenant Inglis sailed for the Dardanelles and was wounded on the 11th of June in 1915 during the fighting at Gallipoli;  he recovered quickly and soon returned to action.  He was recommended for the Military Cross for his actions that day.  On the 28th of June Lieutenant Inglis was again wounded, this time grievously, and he died the following day on a hospital ship.  He was buried at sea in the Gulf of Lyons and is remembered on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli. 

His commanding officer wrote of him:  “Since his death his men have been heard to say that he was the bravest man they ever met;  this is indeed high praise, and I may add that I never met a braver.  I very deeply regret that he did not live to wear the Military Cross, which would have been awarded to him had he survived.  This cannot, as is the case with the Victoria Cross, be awarded as a posthumous honour, but you may take it from me that had he lived he would have got it.”

Rupert, from Builth Wells, Brecknockshire in Wales, was 30 years old.




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