Grover, Charles Anthony Malcolm


He was the second son of Captain Ehret Ernest Grover (of The High Shield, Hexham, Northumberland) and Frieda Grover (daughter of W.M.P. Ritson, of Plymouth). His older brother was John Nelson Grover (D 1929-34). He entered Mr. F.W. Goddard’s House in September 1931. He had a most distinguished career at School. Senior Commoner Prefect, he played for three years (1934-36) in Commoner VI, and was captain for the last two years; he spent two years in the soccer XI and two years in 2nd XI cricket. He also ran in the winning House Steeplechase team in 1936, and played several times for Lord’s in 1937. He was an excellent Senior Prefect of his House, and set a high standard for himself and others. In October 1937, with a Heath Harrison Exhibition, he followed his brother John to Brasenose College, Oxford.

On the outbreak of war he went to 121 Officer Cadet Training Unit, Royal Artillery, and was commissioned in March 1940. Two months later he joined 3rd Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery in Egypt, and in August the same year was sent to Eritrea to form an independent anti-tank group. With this he served in the Sudan, Eritrea, Iraq and Syria until his return to 3RHA in Egypt in August 1941.  In February 1942 Grover became Captain and Adjutant of the Regiment, at a time when it was being re-equipped from an anti-tank regiment to a field-gun regiment. Grover won high praise from his superiors for his organizing capacity at a very difficult time. He was in the thick of the fighting with the famous 7th Armoured Division at El Alamein and afterwards, and won the confidence of all ranks.

4 Armoured Brigade, of which 3RHA was part, was in the forefront of the pursuit of German forces towards Tripoli.

On New Year’s Day 1943 Grover was bombed in his hut near Sirte by a low flying aeroplane, and wounded by splinters.  In spite of immediate medical attention he died the following evening, aged twenty-four.  He lies in grave 10.F.17 of the Tripoli War Cemetery.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Grover
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Anthony Malcolm
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1931-1937
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 16th August 1918
  • Date of Death: 2nd January 1943
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Tripoli War Cemetery: Grave 10.F.17