Belcher, Humphrey Gilbert


Third son of the Reverend Gilbert Edward Belcher (COM. and H, 1868-1873), and one of three Wykehamist brothers, another of whom, Captain Austen Belcher (H, 1903-1907) of the same regiment, was killed three days after him at Gallipoli (see individual entry).

Austen Belcher, as adjutant, was responsible for compiling the battalion’s war diary. How he felt about recording his brother’s death will never be known as the document was lost on 10th August 1915.

He came to Winchester from Mr. E.H. Parry’s school and was a House Prefect; he stood on Dress for XVs and distinguished himself in athletics. At the outbreak of war he was in Canada. He returned immediately, obtained a commission in his brother’s regiment -the 5th Battalion of the Wiltshires – and went with them early in 1915 to the Dardanelles.

He fell severely wounded in two places on the night of August 6th of that year, while leading his platoon to the assault of a Turkish position and died early next morning.

He has no known grave but is commemorated on panel 156 of the Helles Memorial, Cape Helles, Gallipoli.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Belcher
  • Forenames or initials: Humphrey Gilbert
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Wiltshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 7th July 1893
  • Date of Death: 7th August 1915
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the HELLES MEMORIAL: Panel 156 to 158