Linton, Charles Strangways

Third son of Henry Piper Linton and Julia Linton (daughter of John Fryer of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire) of Llandaff and came to Winchester from Wayneflete School. He played in Commoner XV his last year.  His eldest brother, James, was in the school (E1889-1893) and two other brothers (not Wykehamists) fought in the War.

He fought in the South African War from 1900-1902, first with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Welsh Regiment, and later in the Regular Army (4th Battalion Worcester Regiment). Between 1902 and 1914, he served with his battalion in many parts of the world, and was present at the Delhi Durbar in 1911.

On the outbreak of the war he was with the Worcesters in 8th Division. He had a fortnight’s training at Hursley Park near Winchester and on 5th November the Division marched out of Hursley to Southampton where they embarked for France. During 1915 he was wounded at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March and was later appointed to the staff of the 111th Brigade and to the Headquarters Staff of the Canadian Contingent, where he rendered conspicuous service, being awarded the Military Cross in 1915, the D.S.O. in June 1916 and a Bar to the D.S.O. in November 1917. He was four times mentioned in Despatches and the General Officer Commanding the 19th Division ordered his name to be entered on the records of the Division for distinguished service at Arras and Cambrai in 1917. He also recommended him for the command of a brigade. In 1917 he returned to his old regiment as Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 4th Battalion and fell in action at Cambrai on November 20th 1917. The Battalion had been tasked with forcing a crossing over the canal at Masnieres, but encountered numerous difficulties, and in the early afternoon Colonel Linton went forward to the canal to assess the situation. On his way back, while crossing the lock, he was shot dead by a German sniper.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Linton
  • Forenames or initials: Charles Strangways
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1894-1898
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: Worcester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 9th August 1881
  • Date of Death: 20th November 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A3
  • Decoration: D.S.O. & Bar, M.C.