Wigram, Francis Clive


He was the second son of Lord Wigram of Windsor PC, GCB, GCVO (H1886-1891, and a Fellow of the College), his elder brother being the Hon. George Neville Clive Wigram (H1929-1934). Their mother was Nora Mary Wigram (daughter of Colonel Sir Neville Chamberlain KCB, KCVO): the family lived in Windsor and near Regent’s Park, London.

From Sandroyd School, where he had been head prefect, he came to Culver’s Close in September 1933.    He reached Sixth Book and became a School Prefect, going on to Magdalen College, Oxford, in October 1938.  He loved outdoor sports, including fishing in Scotland, and became master of the Magdalen-New College Beagles. He was in his element at a village cricket match.

After attending RMC Sandhurst, he was gazetted to the Grenadier Guards in July 1940, and after three years of service at home went out to 6th Battalion in the Mediterranean with the rank of Captain.

6th Grenadier Guards had suffered heavy casualties in Tunisia, including the loss of two Wykehamists.   One of the other officers sent to reinforce the battalion was Second Lieutenant Humphrey Lyttelton, who was Signals Officer with Battalion HQ and who later to be famous as perhaps the best British jazz musician of the twentieth century, as well as a distinguished journalist and broadcaster.   His autobiography, “Last Chorus”  published in London in 2008, gives much information about the Salerno landings and 6th Battalion Grenadiers.

Wigram was killed near Salerno, three days after the initial landings, at the age of twenty-three; he was apparently killed instantaneously and lies in grave IV.E.25 of the Salerno War Cemetery.

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Wigram
  • Forenames or initials: The Hon. Frances Clive
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1933-1938
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: 6th Battalion Grenadier Guards
  • Date of Birth: 19th March 1920
  • Date of Death: 12th September 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner A2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Salerno War Cemetery: Grave IV.E.25