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Second Lieutenant Evelyn Godfrey Worsley, 3rd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards

September 17, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1916, Second Lieutenant Evelyn Godfrey Worsley, 3rd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards, died from wounds received two days earlier on the Somme.

The second son of the headmaster of Evelyn’s School in Hillingdon, and the grandson of the rector of Shelsley Beauchamp, he was educated at Winchester and Magdalen College, Oxford.  After taking his degree with Honours in History, he returned to teach at his father’s school, and succeeded him as headmaster in 1912.   

In 1916 Second Lieutenant Worsley followed his brother into the Grenadier Guards and arrived in France in August of that year (sadly, his brother, Lieutenant John Fortescue Worsley was to be killed on the Somme fifteen months later).  During the fighting at Ginchy on the Somme, on the 15th of September, he was wounded and his fellow officer and school contemporary Lieutenant Raymond Asquith, the son of the prime minister, was killed.  Second Lieutenant Worsley’s wounds were grievous and he could not be saved, passing away two days later.  He is buried in the Corbie Communal Cemetery on the Somme, and on his gravestone are the words:  “Greater love hath no man than this”. 

Evelyn, from Hillingdon, was 31 years old and married with two daughters. 

 

 

 

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