May, Herbert Cecil


He was the younger son of Nathaniel Alfred and Eugenie Angela May, of 20 Wetherby Gardens, London. He came to Culver’s Close from Copthorne School with a Headmaster’s nomination. He won the German Prize and devoted much time to literature and the piano, church music in particular appealing to him. Had he lived, he would have gone up to New College, Oxford, to study Jurisprudence. Before leaving school he tried to join the Royal Flying Corps but was  rejected for defective sight and applied for a commission in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He underwent a period of training with a Cadet Corps at Gailes, and left for France in September 1918. He fell at Villers Farm, near Ypres, on September 29th, his first day in action.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: May
  • Forenames or initials: Herbert Cecil
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1912-1917
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 8th January 1899
  • Date of Death: 29th September 1918
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: ZANTVOORDE BRITISH CEMETERY: Grave V.C. 19.