Merewether, Christopher Ken

He was the only child of the Reverend Canon William Arthur Scinde Merewether (H, 1866-1871), Vicar of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Salisbury, and Edith, nee Fox. He came to Winchester from Mr. Stanford’s school at Rottingdean. He became Head of the House, a Commoner Prefect and a member of Sixth Book. He played in Commoner XV in 1908 and in both 2nd XI’s (cricket and football) in 1909.

In 1909 he went to Oriel College, Oxford, where he took Honours in Modern History and gained his half-blue for hockey. He had been selected by the directors of the White Star Line for training as an assistant manager, and was working in their offices when the war broke out. On mobilisation he joined the Wiltshire Territorial battalion, in which he had for some years held a commission, and accompanied them to India and Palestine. On November 13th 1917, he fell wounded while leading an assault on a strongly fortified enemy position at El Mesmiyeh and died in hospital at Port Said on December 20th.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Merewether
  • Forenames or initials: Christopher Ken
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1904-1909
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Wiltshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 26th May 1890
  • Date of Death: 20th December 1917
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C6
  • Decoration: NA