Hope, Hugh Lewis


Although he is not listed as having died in the Wykehamist War Service Roll of 1919, or in Wykehamists Who Died in the War, Hugh Hope was included in proper date order on War Cloister, having succumbed to his wounds in 1921.

Hope was the only son of Colonel Lewis Anstruther Hope CB. His mother was Lucy Elizabeth Hope, daughter of George Palmer, MP for Reading. After leaving Winchester in 1914, Hope went straight to RMA Woolwich, whence he was commissioned into the Royal Horse Artillery in 1915: his commission was gazetted with effect from July 28th.

He was wounded twice, awarded the Military Cross for bravery, and mentioned in despatches. The citation for his MC (London Gazette, January 10th 1917) reads: “2nd Lt. Hugh Lewis Hope, RFA : For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rendered most valuable services in maintaining communication under heavy fire. Later, he carried out a perilous reconnaissance, and obtained most valuable information.” He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1917.

His second wounding seems to have been serious, and he may have been invalided out. Whatever the case, he survived until 1921, and on June 9th married Ethel Lilian King, the daughter of Sir Henry King, of 26 First Avenue, Hove. However, on October 19th 1921, aged twenty-four, Hope died from the effects of his wounds.

It is not known where he is buried or commemorated: he is not on the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hope
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Lewis
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1910-1914
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 20th June 1897
  • Date of Death: 19th October 1921
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F5
  • Decoration: MC
  • Burial Site: Unknown, and not listed on the CWGC website