Bethell, Edward Walter


He was the son of Admiral the Hon. Sir Alexander Edward Bethell and came to Winchester from Sandroyd School: he was an original member of Kingsgate House and became a Prefect there his last year. He passed into Sandhurst in 1909, was gazetted in 1911 to the 2nd Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, and served with them in Gibraltar, Bermuda and South Africa.

He went to France with the 7th Division in September 1914 and was severely wounded at Ypres the month after. On his recovery he was appointed as an assistant instructor at the Mersey School of Instruction and to the command of a company in an Officer Cadet Battalion, serving with them until 1917. He was on a staff course at Clare College, Cambridge in 1917 and then posted as an assistant instructor at the Instruction School for Infantry Officers. He then attended a Senior Officers Course at Aldershot before joining 1st Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment in July 1918 and leaving for Belgium.

He fell near Epehy early on the morning of September 21st 1918 while leading his company to the assault during the final advance of the Allied forces.

Bethell’s war records and papers are held at Kings College, London.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Bethell
  • Forenames or initials: Edward Walter
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1905-1909
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 17th December 1891
  • Date of Death: 21st September 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: EPEHY WOOD FARM CEMETERY, EPEHY: Grave VI.A.12