Selby, Gerard Prideaux


Eldest son of Dr Prideaux George Selby OBE, MRCS of Teynham, Kent and Elizabeth Mary Selby MBE, daughter of the Reverend Joseph Henry Eastley of Worcester College, Oxford. His brother was Cuthbert William Prideaux (G 1911-1915) who lost an arm with the Royal Flying Corps during WW1 and was killed in action on board HMS Egret on 27th August 1943. Gerard Selby went into Sergeant’s from The Grange, Folkestone, becoming a Commoner Prefect in his last year. He then went to New College, Oxford, and from there to St Bartholomew’s Hospital gaining his MRCS and LRCP in 1914.

During the second Balkan War in 1913 he served in Bulgaria with the British Red Cross and in July 1914 joined the RAMC, proceeding to France the following December with 1st Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. He was wounded near Ypres in March 1915 and on his recovery returned to France to join 33 Field Ambulance Unit. However, he asked to be transferred to a battalion in the field, 9th Lancashire Fusiliers, in September 1914. In September 1916 the battalion was on the Somme and making preparations for an attack on a German stronghold at Mouquet Farm, near Pozieres. It was during this attack that Captain Selby was killed by a bullet whilst attending to the wounded in the open under fire.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Selby
  • Forenames or initials: Gerard Prideaux
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1904-1908
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Lancashire Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 30th April 1891
  • Date of Death: 26th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY: Grave I.B.20