Worsley, Evelyn Godfrey

He was the second son of Godfrey Thomas Worsley, Headmaster of Evelyns School, Hillingdon, Uxbridge and Frances Worsley, daughter of the Reverend Stephen Melsup Hill, Rector of Shelsley Beauchamp in Worcestershire. He was the elder brother of Lieutenant John Fortescue Worsley (A 1902-1907) Grenadier Guards, who fell on 27th November 1917 (see individual entry). He entered Winchester from his father’s school at Hillingdon and became Head of House, a Commoner Prefect and a member of Sixth Book, and in 1903 went up to Magdalen College, Oxford. He took his degree with Honours in History and returned to Hillingdon to work at his father’s school,¬†succeeding him as Headmaster in 1912.

In 1916 he obtained a commission in the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards – his brother’s regiment – and went out to France in August of that year. Also serving with the battalion was Lieutenant Raymond Asquith (Coll.1892-1897, 3rd Grenadier Guards), the son of the Prime Minister. Asquith was to be killed and Worsley mortally wounded in the same action. He died on 17th September 1916 of wounds received at Ginchy during the Battle of the Somme.

He had married in 1910 Miss Katherine Rashleigh and left two daughters.

Worsley and Asquith were not the only Wykehamists to die that day on the Somme: others who were killed or fatally wounded included Captain Arthur Innes Adam (Coll.1907-1912, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment); Lieutenant-Colonel Eric William Benson MC (A1901-1906, 9th KRRC); Major Charles Blair-Wilson (I1908-1913, 42nd Canadian Infantry); Lieutenant Warine Frederick Martindale (B1907-1912, 1st Scots Guards); Lieutenant George Macpherson (I 1909-1915) (Machine Gun Corps: Captain Desmond Clere Parsons (E1903-1908, 2nd Irish Guards); Lance Corporal 73832 Henry Mark Ruddock (H1908-1913, 28th Canadian Infantry); 2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey Wilfrid Penfold Wyatt (D1909-1915, 1st East Kent Regiment); and Lieutenant Raymond Gilbert Hooker Yeatherd (F1904-1908, 2nd Dragoon Guards).

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Worsley
  • Forenames or initials: Evelyn Godfrey
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1898-1903
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Grenadier Guards
  • Date of Birth: 3rd March 1885
  • Date of Death: 17th September 1916
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CORBIE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION: Plot 2. Row E. Grave 5