Creagh, Henry James Perceval

Born in Bermuda, he was the only child of Major Stephen Henry Creagh, R.A.M.C., of Haughley, Suffolk. He came to Winchester from Mr. Christopherson’s school at Hemel Hempstead and reached Sixth Book; he also played in O.T.H. XV and shot for two years in Wimbledon VIII. He read several papers before Natural History Society, and illustrated one of their reports with beautiful hectographed drawings. He went to Christ Church, Oxford in 1911 and took his degree with Honours in History in 1914; he also shot for the University.

Tired of waiting for a commission, he enlisted in September 1914 in the Public Schools Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment and two months later was gazetted to the Suffolk Regiment. He went to France with the 8th Battalion in July 1915 and served there throughout the war, except when in hospital or under treatment: he was wounded three times (twice severely) and his name appeared in Despatches of 13th June 1918.

On October 24th 1918 – in the closing stages of the Allied advance – he was again severely wounded at Vendegies while engaged in repelling a heavy counter-attack. He refused to be moved so long as he could direct the fighting and when at length he reached hospital, his leg had to be amputated. Septicaemia set in and he died at Le Treport on November 23rd 1918.

He received the posthumous award of the M.C. for gallantry in his last action. The citation for his Military Cross states: “On 24th October 1918, whilst he commanded an assaulting company near Vendegies with great dash and determination, he crossed the river Eccaillon under considerable fire, and then reorganised his company and advanced against and overcame very strong resistance by enemy machine gunners. Later, he was severely wounded whilst repelling a strong counter-attack, but remained on duty.”

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Creagh
  • Forenames or initials: Henry James Perceval
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Suffolk Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 12th December 1892
  • Date of Death: 23rd November 1918
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D4
  • Decoration: M.C.