Belcher, Austen Charles Sandham


Second son of the son of Reverend Gilbert Edward Belcher (COM. and H, 1868-1873), of Chaldon Rectory, Caterham and Catherine Belcher, he was one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Lieutenant Humphrey Gilbert Belcher (H, 1906-1911), of the same battalion, fell in action a few days earlier (see individual entry).

He came to Winchester from Stoke House, Slough, and obtained his commission in the Wiltshire Regiment in April 1909. In September 1914 he was appointed Adjutant of the 5th Battalion and went with them to the Dardanelles.

He was killed on August 10th 1915, at Chunuk Bair, while carrying in a wounded man out of a gully under heavy fire from all sides. His name appeared in Despatches after his death.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Belcher
  • Forenames or initials: Austen Charles Sandham
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1903-1907
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Wiltshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 16th August 1889
  • Date of Death: 10th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed rescuing a wounded man
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, GALLIPOLI: Panel 156 to 158.