Festing, Hubert Wogan


He was the fourth son of Major-General Sir Francis Wogan Festing, K.C.M.G., C.B. and Selina Eleanor Mary Festing. He was one of three Wykehamist brothers. Before coming to Winchester he was at a private school at Blackheath, and after a year and a half in Mr. Bramston’s House left for Cheltenham.

He then went to Sandhurst and was gazetted in 1901 to the 1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He served in South Africa from 1901 to 1902 and afterwards in India, and in 1910 was appointed Adjutant of his battalion.

In August 1914 he was serving on the North-West Frontier as Brigade-Major of the Nowshera Brigade. He took part in the Swat Valley operations of 1915-1916, and early in 1917 was ordered to France, being appointed a few months later to command a battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry with the temporary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In the winter of 1917 he was transferred to the command of the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, which then formed part of the 21st Division.

On March 21st 1918, the great German offensive opened and the full force of the attack fell upon the sector of the Front near Epehy, occupied by Major Festing’s battalion. They made a stubborn resistance and at nightfall of that day they were ordered to help retake another section of the main position which had been overrun. Major Festing fell mortally wounded while leading his men to the attack and died a few minutes later. He had been three times mentioned in Despatches, and received the posthumous award of the D.S.O. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Panel 68-72.

Major Festing married in 1913 Miss Elizabeth Dorothy Keen and left three children.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Festing
  • Forenames or initials: Hubert Wogan
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1896 - 1898
  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Regiment: Durham Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 25th August 1882
  • Date of Death: 21st March 1918
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A5
  • Decoration: D. S. O.
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the POZIERES MEMORIAL: Panel 68 - 72