Lillie, Frederick Sutherland


Son of the Reverend John Edward Sutherland Lillie, formerly of the Bengal Civil Service, and Rector of Wakes Colne in Essex, he entered Winchester as an Exhibitioner from Rev. W.W. Gedge’s school at Malvern Wells. He became a Commoner Prefect, was joint-editor of the Wykehamist, played for two years in Association XI and captained O.T.H. VI in 1890. In 1891, he was elected to an Exhibition at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and in 1893 passed fifth into the Army from the University, being gazetted Second Lieutenant in the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Regiment.

In 1897, he took part in the Tirah Expedition and other operations on the North-West Frontier of India. After a period of service as Adjutant to the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, and at the regimental depot at Clonmel, he returned to India to join the 1st Battalion. In September 1914, they were ordered to Europe, and reached France late that year. The battalion was heavily engaged during the fighting round St. Eloi in March 1915, and on 15th of that month Major Lillie was killed while trying to get his men into shelter after an unsuccessful attack on an enemy position. He had previously been commended for skill and judgement while observing for the artillery, and on two occasions brought in wounded men at the risk of his life.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Lillie
  • Forenames or initials: Frederick Sutherland
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1885-1891
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Irish Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 5th April 1872
  • Date of Death: 15th March 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H3
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: DICKEBUSCH NEW MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave A.17