King, Alfred Curzon

Third son of Sir Lucas White King and of Geraldine Hamilton, daughter of Alfred Harmsworth, barrister, and eldest sister of Lord Northcliffe. He was the brother of Lieutenant Lucas Henry St. Aubyn King (A1908-1912, King’s Royal Rifle Corps), who was killed in action on May 8th 1915 (see individual entry), and of Cecil Harmsworth King (I1915-1919); he also had a twin sister.

He was returning to Winchester when he was drowned at the age of fifteen when RMS Leinster was torpedoed in October 1918 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.

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 (B1868-1870). He too perished.

Further information can be found on the Findagrave website:


War: World War 1

  • Surname: King
  • Forenames or initials: Alfred Curzon
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1916-1918
  • Rank: N/A
  • Regiment: N/A
  • Date of Birth: 14th December 1902
  • Date of Death: 10th October 1918
  • How Died: Drowned as a result of enemy action
  • Location in War Cloister: Not listed
  • Decoration: N/A
  • Burial Site: Drowned in the Irish Sea