Cowland, Walter Storey


Walter Storey Cowland was born on 10th May 1888 and came to Culver House (Fearon’s) in 1901.  He shot at Bisley in 1907 and won an organ exhibition at University College, Oxford.  During the First World War he served in the 10th Battalion Hampshire Regiment, spending many months in the Near East.   He was awarded the DSO and the Croix de Guerre with palm and was twice mentioned in Despatches.  He joined the staff at Winchester College in 1919 as secretary to the Headmaster, Dr Montagu Rendall.  He also taught music and assisted with the English work of Middle Part.   For twenty years he was Adjutant and afterwards Commanding Officer of the OTC.  He also undertook the editing of the College’s Roll and Record.

At the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed to the Directorate of Military Training at the War Office and rendered help to a large number of Old Wykehamists and other servicemen who consulted him about their careers.  Much of his time was spent on tours of inspection around other schools and he built a strong relationship with their Headmasters.  On leaving the War Office he served for a time in a Training Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment, and later as an Instructor in OCTUs at Malvern and in the Isle of Man.

By the end of 1941 it was becoming clear that the strain of heavy and continuous work was beginning to tell on him, and he made arrangements to return to the College.   However, in March of 1942 he suffered a serious breakdown from which he never really recovered and he died in London at the house of an old Kennyite friend.   He is buried at Morn Hill Cemetery, Winchester.

He married in 1925 Miss Dorothy Marshall of Yattendon Manor, Berkshire, whose brother was in Kingsgate House.

He is not recorded on the CWGC website.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Cowland
  • Forenames or initials: Walter Storey
  • House: D and Staff (1919-1939)
  • Years in School: 1901-1907
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: Hampshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 10th May 1888
  • Date of Death: 31st March 1942
  • How Died: Died of unknown causes
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D1
  • Decoration: DSO, TD, Croix de Guerre and Palm
  • Burial Site: Magdalen Hill Cemetery, Winchester