Nisbet, Frank Scobell


Son of the Reverend Canon Matthew Alexander Nisbet, Rector of Ickham, Canterbury, Kent and Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He came to Winchester from the Reverend A.L. Hussey’s school at Folkestone, and stood on dress for OTH XV in 1894. After leaving, he captained the soccer XI at RMC Sandhurst, and played a great deal of cricket and golf.

In 1898 he was gazetted to 2nd Battalion, Manchester Regiment. He served in South Africa from 1900 to 1902, first with the ammunition column of 17 Brigade and later in the north-eastern district of the Orange River Colony. His promotion to Captain came in 1901.

When the First World War broke out, he had been for two years Adjutant of 2nd Battalion, which was stationed at The Curragh in Ireland and was among the first troops to leave Britain. On arrival at Le Havre on August 16th they travelled by train to Le Cateau, arriving on 18th August 18th, and advanced to take up defensive positions along the Mons-Condé Canal. He was killed in action ten days later during the Battle of Le Cateau.      His name appeared in Lord French’s first despatch of 8th October 1914 and the Kildare Observer noted on September 12th 1914:  “Captain Nisbet (Manchester Regiment), so well known in hunting and cricketing circles in the County Kildare, was, we reget to say, killed at Mons, while trying to save the life of a private”.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Nisbet
  • Forenames or initials: Frank Scobell
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1892-1894
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Manchester Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 22nd November 1878
  • Date of Death: 26th August 1914
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the LA FERTE SOUS JOUARRE MEMORIAL