Molineux, George King

Elder son of Major Harold Parminter Molineux, J.P., (COM., 1864), and Rosa Molineux, nee King. He was born at Eastbourne and before coming to Winchester was at St. Vincent’s School near his home. He was a Commoner Prefect and captain of Commoner VI in 1905 and played centre-half for Association XI in 1906; he was also a member of Lords and played cricket twice afterwards for the Gentlemen of England.

In 1906 he went up to Magdalen College, Oxford, and in 1909 passed from the Special Reserve into the Regular Army, joining 2nd Battalion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. In 1914 he was gazetted A.D.C. to the Viceroy of India and resigned this appointment in November 1914 to join his regiment in France. His battalion was on the northern flank of the Ypres Salient when a fresh phase of the Second Battle of Ypres began on 22nd April 1915.

On 8th May there was fierce fighting on the Frezenberg Ridge and at one point the entire British line was in danger of collapse. By 1300 the line had begun to crumble with the Germans getting behind the 2nd Northumberland Fusiliers. By late that evening the Commanding Officer decided that their position was untenable and ordered them to “hold on” until dusk. At 1900 the shelling abruptly stopped and the Battalion was almost over-run by the enemy. The CO and the Adjutant were captured but the 2nd Northumberlands held their ground until darkness fell. Molineux was last seen, wounded and unconscious in the trench which his unit was holding, but had to be left behind when the men retreated.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Molineux
  • Forenames or initials: George King
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1901-1906
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 15th April 1887
  • Date of Death: 8th May 1915
  • How Died: Captain
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 8 and 12 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES