Lieutenant Robert Hamilton Poynder
4th Battalion - Attached 2nd Battalion,South
Only son of Reverend and Mrs A Poynder of St Pauls Church.
Known as "Bob", he was educated at Dean Close
School , Cheltenam, and Victoria College. Gazetted to
the 4th Battalion in 1915, he had served with distinction
in the battle of Cambrai. Educated at Victoria College
Killed in action, aged 22 years.
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post
of Friday 13 September 1918
Impressive Service at St Pauls - Memorial
Tablet Unveiled to the Late Lieutenant R H Poynder.
Ample testimony to the high regard and esteem in which
the late Lieutenant R H Poynder of the South Staffordshire
Regiment, only son of the Reverend & Mrs A Poynder,
was held by all classes of the community was afforded
by the large congregation which gathered at St Pauls
Church this morning when a tablet to his memory, erected
by the members of St Pauls congregation, was unveiled
by the Very Reverend the Dean. The congregation, which
as stated above was large, was representative of all
the members of St Pauls church and included, as representing
the younger generation, two patrols of St Pauls Boy
Scouts. The service was the form of intercession which
has been used at the church each Friday morning since
the outbreak of war. Whilst the congregation was assembling
Mr J Hubert, organist of St Helier Parish Church, played
suitable music and as the bell finished tolling the
strains of "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth"
pealed out. The first portion of the service, which
all through was of a most impressive nature, was conducted
by the Reverend A Poynder. During the second part of
the service the names of the large number of those serving
in the Forces from St Pauls were read out. Following
the singing of "Jesus Lives" the Dean advanced
to the east end of the north wall on which the tablet
had been placed, this being covered with a Union Jack.
Addressing the congregation the Dean said they had met
together that morning to unveil this tablet to one of
their number, and he then pulled aside the Union Jack
revealing the tablet. Continuing the Dean said that
it was a curious thing how men and women quickly forgot
the dark days of the past but in the present atmosphere
of victory we should not forget the gloomy hours when
everything seemed to be hanging by a thread. The Dean
went on to say that Lieutenant Poynder fell leading
his Company against the enemy to save Paris, to save
England, to save Jersey and to save all of us, he fell
so that we in this Island could live in peace, and when
we looked at the tablet we would remember him and many
others who had gone. The memorial tablet, which is white
marble on a base of polished Aberdeen granite is headed
by the crest of the South Staffordshire Regiment and
bears the following inscription "In memory of
Robert Hamilton Poynder Lieutenant South Staffordshire
Regiment only son of Reverend Augustus Poynder incumbent
of this church who fell on 24 March 1918 while leading
his Company at the battle of Amiens, aged 22 years.
This tablet was erected by members of the congregation.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed
on Thee because he trust in Thee". Near by
is another memorial tablet to Lieutenant R J R Richardson
of the same Regiment who fell in 1915.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record