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Balleine, C F

Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper

Bedford House Cemetery, Ieper

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 7 July 1915

Another Old Victorian Killed in Action. A telegram has been received in the Island today stating that Captain Cuthbert Francis Balleine of the Rifle Brigade has been killed in action in France. The deceased, who was an Old Victorian, was the third son of the late Very Rev G O Balleine Dean of Jersey.


Commemorated on Oold Victorians Memorial, Jersey
and on St Helier Parish Church Memorial, Jersey

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record


Cuthbert Francis Balleine

Captain Cuthbert Francis Balleine
Rifle Brigade

1914-15 Star

Cuthbert Francis Balleine

Son of the Very Rev. G. O. Balleine, Dean of Jersey, and Mrs. Balleine. Fellow and Sub-Rector of Exeter College, Oxford.

Killed in action, aged 32 years


NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 10 July 1915

Roll of Honour - Captain C F Balleine. The death of Captain Balleine of 8th Battalion Rifle Brigade, Fellow and Sub-Rector of Exeter College, Oxford who was killed instantaneously by a shell on Friday 2 July in Flanders is another grievous loss to a College that has recently lost some of the most distinguished of its Fellows in the Dardanelles. Captain Cuthbert Francis Balleine was born in 1883, the third son of the Dean of Jersey and was educated at Victoria College. He entered Exeter College in 1902 holding a King Charles I Scholarship for Classics. He obtained a Second Class in Honours Moderations in 1904 and a First in Literai Humanoires in 1906. After taking the Degree he was awarded a senior scholarship for travel and research and after studying for some months in Gotha he went as assistant to Dr Randall Maciver on an excavating expedition in Upper Egypt in 1907. On his return he was elected to a Tutorial Fellowship at Exeter College and served that Society as Junior Bursar from 1911 to 1913 and as Sub-Rector in 1913 and 1914. He was not only a man of high intellectual powers but also of splendid physique, perfect nerve and iron constitution. He was a prominent member of the College Rugby XV and rowed twice in the College Torpid and twice in the Eight and continued after his Degree to devote much of his time and care to the coaching of the College crew but even as an under graduate he was still more interested in military training and served as Sergeant and as Lieutenant in the old University Volunteer Corps, when this was reorganised at the Officers Training Corps he obtained a commission in it as Captain in 1910. In the first weeks of the war he did valuable work on the Oxford Committee for Awarding Commissions, he then accompanied the newly appointed officers to the Training Camp at Churn under the command of Colonel Maclachan and former adjutant of the Oxford OTC. His energy and skill induced the latter to obtain for him a commission as Captain under him in the Rifle Brigade in December 1914 and he went with his battalion to the Front in April. Short as his war service was he had time to win the golden opinion of officers and men, he had every quality that would endear him both to the younger and older members of his College. He was by nature and temperament a born soldier and an admirable leader of men. (This is an item reprinted from The Times of Thursday)


Courtesy of Victoria College, Jersey