Baldwin, Hugh Reginald

He was the elder son of Edward Thomas Baldwin, a barrister, and Emily Baldwin, of 1 Gloucester Place, Portman Square, and entered Mr. Little’s House (Du Boulay’s) from Mr. E.L. Bent’s school at Hayward’s Heath. He left Winchester in April 1915 owing to ill-health.

He obtained a Prize Cadetship at Sandhurst in April 1916, and passed out in the following October. Having obtained a commission in the Irish Guards he was posted to France in March 1917. Promoted to Lieutenant in July 1917, he joined 1st Battalion in June 1918. He fell on August 27th 1918, near St. Leger, west of Bullecourt, while leading his platoon to the attack under heavy fire. His commanding officer wrote to his parents that “he was killed on 27th August while leading his platoon most gallantly through intense shell-fire, and was killed instantaneously by a shell…………. He will be a great loss to us, and I always looked upon him as a most promising young officer; and he was so keen”.

His younger brother, Midshipman A E Baldwin, (not an OW) was killed at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 aboard HMS Queen Mary.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Baldwin
  • Forenames or initials: Hugh Reginald
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1911-1915
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Irish Guards
  • Date of Birth: 4th March 1898
  • Date of Death: 27th August 1918
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: MORY ABBEY MILITARY CEMETERY, MORY. Grave V. C. 25.