Fuller, Edward Fleetwood


Son of George Pargiter Fuller Esq., M.P., J.P. (COM., 1848), and Emily Georgina Jane Fuller (daughter of St Michael Hicks-Beach of Neston Park, Corsham, Wiltshire), and one of five Wykehamist brothers. His eldest brother Sir John Michael Fleetwood Fuller (A 1878-1882) was also in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry. He entered Mr. Bramston’s House from Mr. Wilkinson’s school at Clifton, and in 1895 played in Commoner XV and 2nd XI cricket team. On leaving Winchester he went to Ceylon, where he spent several years in tea-planting.

At the outbreak of war Fuller enlisted in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry, a regiment with long family associations. The official history – “The Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales’s Own) 1907-1967”, by Brigadier J.R.I. Platt DSO, OBE (Garnstone Press 1972) tells the story of their mobilisation: “On 12th August the Regiment moved by train to Winchester… The Regiment was billeted in Winchester College. The men slept in the classrooms and gymnasium and found the floors the hardest beds of the whole war. The officers were in tutors’ houses with their mess in the prefects’ and dons’ common rooms. There were four old Wykehamists among the officers including Lieutenant E.P. Awdry who rememembered that the last time troops had been billeted at the College Oliver Cromwell had insisted on tying up his horses in the cloisters. When asked where the horses were to be stabled, he replied to the temporary consternation of the Bursar, “In the cloisters, of course, to preserve history.” In a buttress outside the west door of the chapel is a horseshoe set there by the Farrier Sergeant with the words: “Wilts Yeomanry camped here, 1914”.

He was quickly promoted to acting 2nd Lieutenant (the CWGC have him listed as Private 1028). He died on 8th October 1914 in a nursing home in Clifton, Bristol from an attack of acute appendicitis. Mr. Fuller married in 1901 Miss Margaret Olive Argles of Co. Cork. They had a son, Edward Hamilton Fleetwood Fuller (H 1916-1921).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Fuller
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Fleetwood
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1891-1895
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry
  • Date of Birth: 7th February 1878
  • Date of Death: 8th October 1914
  • How Died: As a result of appendicitis
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: ST PHILIP & ST JAMES CHURCH, NESTON