Villiers, William Earle


He was the second son of John Russell Villiers, of 49 Hans Place, Sloane Street, London SW1, and his wife Grace Elizabeth Villiers, daughter of Major-General William Earle CB, CSI. He was the older brother of Brigadier Richard Montagu Villiers DSO and Bar (C1919-1923). He came to Southgate Hill (Du Boulay’s) from Mr. A.S. Tabor’s school at Cheam: he was Head of House in his last year, and had matriculated at New College, Oxford, when war broke out.

As a result, he never took up residence but was gazetted straight from school to 5th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He went to the front in May 1916, took part in the fighting on the Somme that summer, and served for some time as instructor at a training camp at Le Havre. He was then attached to 9th Battalion, where he obtained his captaincy and command of a company shortly before his death.

He was killed at Wieltje, near Ypres, on November 10th 1917, while superintending a working party engaged in fixing a gun. He was twenty years old. Villiers rests in grave II.C.14 of the White House Cemetery.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Villiers
  • Forenames or initials: William Earle
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1910-1915
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 6th January 1897
  • Date of Death: 10th November 1917
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY: Grave II.C.14