Pym, Claude John


He was the second son of Claude George Melville Pym of Canwick House, near Lincoln, and Lucy Victoria, daughter of Alexander Leslie-Melville. His elder brother, Alexander Ruthven Pym also came to the school (B 1905-1909). He came to Winchester from Fonthill School, East Grinstead and in his last year he stood on dress for VI. He went to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1910 and three years later left England for Canada to learn farming.

At the outbreak of war he enlisted as a Private in the Second Canadian Contingent and came over with them in May 1915. In the following October he obtained a commission in the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards, in which his elder brother was already serving. In April 1916 he left for France with his younger brother Lieutenant Francis Pym, who was in the same regiment, to join their battalion on the front. He died near Albert on March 27th 1917, of injuries sustained through an accidental explosion sustained a few days earlier.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Pym
  • Forenames or initials: Claude John
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1906-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Irish Guards
  • Date of Birth: 27th February 1893
  • Date of Death: 27th March 1917
  • How Died: Died from injuries received in an explosion
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: GROVE TOWN CEMETERY, MEAULTE: Grave III.A.11