Thesiger, Frederick Ivor


The eldest son of Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India from 1916 to 1921,¬†and the Hon Frances Charlotte Guest, daughter of 1st Baron Wimborne and sister of F E Guest (F 1888). His brother, the Hon Andrew Thesiger, also attended Winchester (F 1916-1919). The family home was 116 Eaton Square, London. He entered Culverlea from Mr M J Dauglish’s school at Cothill, near Abingdon.

From Winchester he passed into Woolwich and from there obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery in April 1915, and served from June to December 1915 in France. He was twice wounded and twice mentioned in Despatches. In late April 1917 he participated in the Battle of the Boot, as it was known, at Band-i-Adhaim. This was the final action of the British Samarrah Offensive of 1917 which followed the capture of Baghdad on 11th March. The Turkish commander had occupied positions in the foothills either side of the Tigris where a boot shaped piece of ground there gave its name to the action. Early on 30th April the British attacked with three brigades and quickly succeeded in taking three hundred prisoners and two lines of trenches. A sandstorn brought the attack to a halt and a Turkish counter attack pushed the British back with the loss of 350 men. Thesiger fell, mortally wounded, that day while acting as forward observing officer. He died on 1st May 1917 and is buried in grave XV.L.12 of the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery. His brother Andrew succeeded him as heir to the barony of Chelmsford.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Thesiger
  • Forenames or initials: Frederick Ivor
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1910-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 17th October 1886
  • Date of Death: 30th April 1917
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: BAGHDAD (NORTH GATE) WAR CEMETERY: Grave XV.L.12