Burnell, Arthur Coke

He was the son of T. Coke Burnell of Winchester. The Burnells lived at St Cross Grange, Winchester. He came to Culverlea (Sergeant’s) from West Downs and won Silver Foils in 1912; he afterwards passed through Sandhurst and obtained his commission in the 4th Battalion Rifle Brigade, joining them at Delhi.

He returned home with other troops from India in the autumn of 1914 and proceeded to France. He was wounded at the Second Battle of Ypres while acting as Adjutant, and on his return to the front was appointed machine-gun officer to the 2nd Battalion. He fell at Fleurbaix, near Armentieres, on March 19th 1916, while helping to bring in a wounded man from between the lines.

A volume entitled “The Making of an Officer: or a Boy’s Life told in his Letters” (Warren & Son, Winchester), printed for private circulation, gives an account of his life at Winchester and afterwards. His will, written on a slip of paper in the field on 8th January 1916, left an estate of £9,682, leaving clothing and personal effects to the Winchester College Mission.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Burnell
  • Forenames or initials: Arthur Coke
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1908-1912
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 11th December 1894
  • Date of Death: 19th March 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E3
  • Decoration: NA