Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Captain Arthur Montagu Rundall, 1st Battalion, 4th Gurkha Rifles, was killed in action in the trenches at Festubert. His younger brother, Lieutenant Lionel Bickersteth Rundall, 1st Battalion, 1st King George’s Own Gurkha Rifles, (the Malaun Regiment), had been killed the previous day in the same location.
Captain Rundall was the son of Colonel F.M. Rundall, C.B., D.S.O., late of the same regiment, and grandson of the Right Reverend E.H. Bickersteth, Bishop of Exeter. He was educated at Marlborough College, and joined the 1st Bedfordshire Regiment from the 4th (Militia) Battalion of that regiment in February of 1899, and two years later joined the 27th Punjabis, late 27th (Punjab) Bengal Infantry, and subsequently transferred to the 4th Gurkha Rifles. He held a first-class Hythe Musketry Certificate, was an Instructor in Signalling, and had been Adjutant of his battalion.
Until the beginning of December in 1914, Captain Rundall had been with his battalion in Egypt, at which time he was sent to France, where the trenches at Festubert were in need of extensive repair. Under heavy fire he risked his life to rescue a Gurkha who had been buried alive in the mud, and volunteered to be in command of the bomb-throwing section. On the day of his death his battalion’s trenches had been blown up by the Germans, who advanced in great numbers. Captain Rundall survived the bombing, but his companion survivors consisted of three Gurkhas armed with only hand grenades. Two of them survived to report how Captain Rundall killed three of the enemy before being shot dead. He has no known grave.
Arthur, born in India, was 36 years old and married; his only child, a son, was born four months after his death.