Gwyer, Charles Percy


Elder son of Charles James Paul Gwyer, DL and Alice Losh Gwyer of Eywood Hall, Titley, Herefordshire, and brother of Lieutenant Cyril Gwyer (I, 1900-1902), Grenadier Guards, who fell in August 1918 (see individual entry). Both brothers came to Sunnyside from Mr. W.F. Rawnsley’s school at Lyndhurst. He passed through Sandhurst and in 1903 was posted to the 2nd Battalion Welch Regiment.

At the outbreak of war he was attached to the 8th (Pioneer) Battalion of that regiment, and in 1915 went to the Dardanelles. He fell on August 8th 1915 during the assault on Hill Q at Chunuk Bair.

No Winchester family suffered more in the two world wars than the Gwyers. As well as Charles Gwyer, his brother, Lieutenant Cyril Gwyer (I1900-1902), Grenadier Guards, was killed in action in August 1918. Cyril Gwyer’s son –Captain Geoffrey Charles Francis Gwyer (I1930-1934) – was killed in action with 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards, at Mareth on March 17th 1943. To add to the tragedy, Cyril Gwyer’s widow Constance had re-married and had a son by this second relationship. This son – Flight Lieutenant John Kennedy, (I1936- 1940) was shot down off Norway whilst flying a Mosquito of 248 Squadron, Coastal Command, on December 16th 1944. He froze to death in his dinghy and his body was never recovered.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Gwyer
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Percy
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1896-1900
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Welch Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 20th April 1883
  • Date of Death: 8th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL, Panel 140-144