King, Alfred Curzon

1902 - 1918

Alfred Curzon King was born 14 December 1903, the third son of Sir Lucas White King and Geraldine Hamilton, daughter of Alfred Harmsworth and eldest sister of Lord Northcliffe. He was the brother of Lieutenant Lucas Henry St. Aubyn King (A 1908-1912, King’s Royal Rifle Corps), who was killed in action on 8 May 1915 (see individual entry), and of Cecil Harmsworth King (I 1915-1919); he also had a twin sister.

Alfred came to Winchester College in September 1916 and was in E House, Morshead's, under Mr Irving. 

He was returning to Winchester in October 1918 when he was drowned at the age of fifteen when RMS Leinster was topedoed by the German submarine, UB-123. Over 500 people perished. The Leinster was acting as the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) to Holyhead mail boat, carrying both passengers and mail; she now lies, virtually intact, about 100 feet down. For more information about the sinking of the RMS Leinster, see

King is commemorated by a tablet on the north wall of Cloisters, which reads: 'In Memory of Alfred Curzon King aged 15 commoner of this college from September 1916 who lost his life on October 10 1918 in the Irish Channel when returning to school on the steamship Leinster which was sunk by a German submarine'.

Also on board was Robert Jocelyn Alexander (B 1868-1870). He too perished.

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