Wyatt, Hugh Graystone Penfold


Eldest son of Hugh Richard Penfold Wyatt (H 1874-1876) of Cissbury, Sussex and Grace Evelyn Wyatt, (daughter of George Graystone Reid (Com 1837)) and one of five Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Second Lieutenant Geoffrey Wilfrid Penfold Wyatt (D, 1909-1915) East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), fell in September 1916 (see individual entry). He came to Winchester from Mr J H Mason’s school at Rottingdean and was for two years in Sixth Book and a Commoner Prefect, and Head of House from 1908 to 1909. He played in Commoner XV in 1908 and in 2nd XI cricket team.

He had previously served in the Cavalry Contingent of the University OTC, and had held a commission for two years in the Sussex Yeomanry. In September 1915 his unit sailed for the Dardanelles to serve as infantry. The Sussex Yeomanry landed at Cape Helles on October 7th 1915 and were attached to 42nd Division. Illness quickly became a problem, and Wyatt contracted dysentery in the trenches near Cape Helles. He died in hospital at Alexandria on November 12th 1915, soon after reaching hospital; he was twenty-five. He lies in grave Q.545 of Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery. He and his brother Geoffrey are also commemorated by a window in St. John the Baptist Church, Findon.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Wyatt
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Graystone Penfold
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1904-1909
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Sussex Yeomanry
  • Date of Birth: 11th November 1890
  • Date of Death: 12th November 1915
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: ALEXANDRIA (CHATBY) MILITARY AND WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY: Grave 545