Baldwin, Hugh Reginald

Lieutenant / Irish Guards

1898 - 1918

Hugh Reginald Baldwin was born 4 March 1911, the elder son of Edward Thomas Baldwin, a barrister, and Emily, daughter of William Coates Stoker, a solicitor.

He came to Winchester College from Mr EL Bent's school at Hayward's Heath in September 1911 and was in C House, Du Boulay's. He left Winchester in April 1915 owing to ill-health.

Hugh went on to the RMC Sandhurst in 1916 and was Prize Cadet in April 1916, and passed out in the following October. Having obtained a commission in the Irish Guards he was posted to France in March 1917. Promoted to Lieutenant in July 1917, he joined 1st Battalion in June 1918.

He was killed in action on 27 August 1918, near St. Leger, west of Bullecourt, while leading his platoon to the attack under heavy fire. His commanding officer wrote to his parents that 'he was killed on 27th August while leading his platoon most gallantly through intense shell-fire, and was killed instantaneously by a shell............. He will be a great loss to us, and I always looked upon him as a most promising young officer; and he was so keen'. 

His younger brother, Midshipman A E Baldwin, (not an OW) was killed at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 aboard HMS Queen Mary.

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