Smithers, Edward Henry Keith


The only son of Edward Alfree Smithers of Hove, he came to Winchester from Mr L T Thring’s school close to his home. He won Silver Foils in 1913 and 1914. He had intended to go up to New College, Oxford in October 1914 but volunteered immediately war broke out and obtained a commission in the 11th Battalion Manchester Regiment. Early in 1915 they were ordered to the Dardanelles. Shortly afterwards he was wounded at Suvla Bay and returned to England, rejoining his regiment in June 1916. He had been promoted to Lieutenant in October 1915. He fell on 11th July that year during the attack on Trones Wood, in the first days of the Battle of the Somme.

In his memory, his mother gave the College a silver flagon and two silver chalices, for use in Chapel.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Smithers
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Henry Keith
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Manchester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 6th January 1896
  • Date of Death: 9th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 13A and 14C of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL