Captain Arthur Addenbrooke, MiD
14th Battalion. Royal Warwickshire
Born at Kidderminster, Worcs. Son of Arthur & Marianna
Died of wounds, aged 33 years.
Old Victorian/Master at Victoria College, Jersey
In the early months of the war he was
given a captaincy in the 14th (1st Birmingham) Battalion
of The Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He went out to France
in November 1915, and was moved up to the front for
the Somme offensive of 1916. It was on 3rd September,
1916, in the taking of Falfemont Farm, which had to
be captured at any cost, that he sustained the wounds
from which he died. Two platoons of his company had
already been mown down in no man's land when Addenbrooke,
gathering the rest of his men together, led a rush across
the 350 yards of distance continuously swept by machine-gun
fire. Only a few got there, but the position was carried.
Addenbrooke himself fell wounded in both
legs close to the enemy's trench. In spite of a smashed
ankle he managed to crawl over the parapet and lend
a hand in clearing the dug-outs, himself landing a bomb
fairly on a machine-gun which was causing trouble.
For this gallantry he received mention
in Sir Douglas Haig's despatch published in The Times
of 4th January, 1917.
War Graves Commission Record