Sidgwick, Arthur Hugh


He was the son of Arthur Sidgwick, later Fellow and Tutor of Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Reader of Greek at the University and Charlotte Sophia Sidgwick, daughter of the Reverend Arthur Wilson, Vicar of Nocton in Lincolnshire.    He had three sisters and one brother. He entered College first on the Roll from Oxford Preparatory School. He won the Queen’s Gold Medal for English Verse, and the Hawkins’ English Literature Prize. He was Richardson Mathematical Prizeman in 1900 and Goddard Scholar in 1901 – a very rare combination – and played in College VI in his last year. He went up to Balliol with a Scholarship in 1901; he obtained distinction in the examination for the Ireland Scholarship and took his degree with First Classes in Mathematical Moderations, Classical Moderations and Literae Humaniores. In 1905 he was elected to a Fellowship at University College and in 1906 won the Chancellor’s Prize for English Essay on “The Influence of Greek Philosophy on English Poetry”. The same year he was appointed a Junior Examiner under the Board of Education and at the outbreak of war was acting as private secretary to Sir Lewis Selby-Bigge (Coll. 1873-1879), Permanent Secretary of the Board, where he seemed assured of a brilliant career.

He could not obtain his release till the end of 1915, and after a year’s service in the Royal Garrison Artillery, was recalled from France to assist his colleagues at the Board of Education in preparing for the Education Bill of 1917. He returned to his battery in April 1917, and was killed in action near Ypres on 17th September 1917.

He published in 1912 “Walking Essays” and in 1914 ” The Promenade Ticket”. He was also a writer of light verse, a volume of which was published after his death under the title of “Jones’s Wedding, and other Verses”. He was a keen supporter of the Workers’ Educational Association and left a legacy to them and also to his schools and to Balliol.

Further information can be obtained from the Balliol College Archives: http://www.flickr.com/photos/balliolarchivist/sets/72157630871307304/

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Sidgwick
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur Hugh
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1895-1901
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 2nd October 1882
  • Date of Death: 17th September 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: MENDINGHAM MILITARY CEMETERY, YPRES: Grave VII.E.6