Ritchie, The Hon. Harold


Youngest son of the Rt Hon. Charles Thomson Ritchie, PC, 1st Baron Ritchie of Dundee, and Margaret, daughter of Thomas Ower of Perth. He entered Morshead’s House from Bradfield College. He was a House Prefect and his last year played in Commoner VI and rowed bow for the School IV.

In October 1914, he obtained a commission in the 11th Battalion Scottish Rifles and went to France the following September. Two months later he was ordered to Salonica, where he served with distinction for many months, receiving the D.S.O. and being mentioned in Despatches. In June 1918, he returned to France to join the 1st Battalion of the Cameronians, to the command of which he afterwards succeeded. He was twice wounded in September of that year, was awarded a Bar to his D.S.O. for gallantry in the field and again mentioned in Despatches. In October 1918, he was transferred to the command of the 1st Battalion Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment. On 22nd October the unit moved into position in preparation for an attack near Le Cateau where he fell wounded on 23rd October and died five days later. He had gone out to reconnoitre and was hit by a machine gun bullet.

He married in 1907, Ella, daughter of R.C. Priestley of High Wycombe and left two sons and two daughters.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Ritchie
  • Forenames or initials: The Hon. Harold
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1890-1894
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 30th October 1876
  • Date of Death: 28th October 1918
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: D.S.O. & Bar
  • Burial Site: AWOINGT BRITISH CEMETERY, CAMBRAI: Grave I.F.23