Cartland, George Trevor

Captain / Rifle Brigade

1893 - 1916

George Trevor Cartland was born 5 January 1893, as the son of George Howard Cartland and Lilian, nee Sanders, of Bevere Cottage, near Worcester.

He came to Winchester College from Revd Crick's school at Worthing in September 1906 and was in F House, Hawkins'. He was an enthusiastic member of Archaeological Society, which owes much to his rare talent for draughtsmanship; several of the illustrations in Winchester: Its History, Buildings and People, issued by the Society in 1913, are his work.

George left Winchester in the summer of 1911 for RMC Sandhurst, where he had a distinguished career, passing out at the head of the list and receiving the King's Sword and Gold Medal. He was gazetted in September 1912 to the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade and went to France with them in August 1914, taking part in the Retreat from Mons and the Battle of the Marne. After a few months' service on the Personal Staff, he rejoined his regiment, was appointed Adjutant and shortly afterwards was mentioned in Despatches.

He fell between Serre and Beaumont-Hamel on 1 July 1916, one of eight officers killed or missing that day. Also killed that day from 1RB were fellow Wykehamists: 2nd Lieutenant Arundel Geoffrey Clarke (College 1896-1902) and Captain Andrew William Henderson (I 1908-1913). Another Wykehamist, Lieutenance Valentine Ashworth Braithwaite MC ( E 1910-1912) of 1st Scottish Light Infantry, was also killed in the same action. (See individual entries).

Cartland played cricket for the Greenjackets and in regimental matches and may have been a member of Worcester County Cricket Club since a T Cartland is commemorated on the Club war memorial.

Further information: History of the Rifle Brigade in the War of 1914-1918 by R Berkeley, Rifle Brigade Club 1927.

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