Strauss, Bernard Lewis

He was the fourth son of Siegfried Strauss and Elizabeth Strauss, nee Berens, of Southcliffe, Bournemouth and entered Fearon’s from Cothill School. He was three years in Sixth Book, for two years a Commoner Prefect and Head of the House from 1910-1911. He won the Duncan Prize for reading, played in 2nd XI cricket and took a prominment part in the activities of Debating Society. In 1911 he was elected to an exhibition at New College, Oxford and in 1913 gained a second class degree in Classics. He was also President of the Liberal Club and of the Russell and Palmerston Clubs. In addition he found time for music. He was a keen student of politics and it was his intention, after being called to the Bar, to take an active part in public life.  In The Wykehamist of March 1918, it said “At Winchester his life was both vigorous and intellectual.  He held political and social views which were unpopular in old days; and these, together with his abhorrence of any kind of pomp and circumstance, might have disposed people to wonder how he would adapt himself to military life”.

On the outbreak of war he immediately enlisted in the 25th County of London Cyclists and in October 1914 obtained a commission in the 9th Battalion, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs). He transferred to the 1st Battalion a year later and served with them till his death.   Despite being only 25 at the time of his death, he had reached the rank of Major and was in command of his battalion.  He fell on 1st December 1917 during the latter part of the Battle of Cambrai.   His death was announced, with a photograph, in the Illustrated London News of February 2nd 1918.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Strauss
  • Forenames or initials: Bernard Lewis
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: East Kent Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 20th August 1892
  • Date of Death: 1st December 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D6
  • Decoration: MC