Graham, Hugh Colborne


He was the younger son of Christopher Colborne Graham and Mary Johnstone Graham, of Oriel House, Scarborough (formerly of Highmoor, Ilkley). His father was the Mayor of Scarborough. Winchester College lost track of Graham for many years; the Register printed in 1956 recorded only that he was dead with no further details.  At some point, however, his name was added to War Cloister. It seems that he left Winchester to go to Giggleswick School, nearer his Scarborough home.  Graham attended Leeds University, where he took a BSc, and was described by The Times as ‘an ardent Socialist’.

He was quick to volunteer at the outbreak of the First World War, at first trying to enlist in a New Army battalion forming in Hull, but failed the medical: “His physique was exceptionally good, but he was rejected, much to his disappointment, on account of sight.” He was accepted, however, into the RAMC, and spent two years attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers.

When, at the end of 1916, there was a need for more infantry officers, he volunteered to be trained and was sent on a course at Bristol University. In the summer of 1917 he returned to the front to serve with 9th Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment, in the Ypres Salient.

He was killed, after hard fighting on 28th September, on October 1st 1917, during the advance on the Menin Road, during the Third Battle of Ypres. He was twenty-nine. With no known grave, he is commemorated in panels 52-54 and 162A of the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Further details of Lieutenant Graham’s family and his background can be seen further down the page on this website: http://www.scarboroughsmaritimeheritage.org.uk/greatwar/s15-ypres-futlity.php

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Graham
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Colborne
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1902-1903
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
  • Date of Birth: 7th August 1888
  • Date of Death: 1st October 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 52-54 and 162A of the TYNE COT MEMORIAL