Inchbald, John Chantry Elliot


Second son of Charles Chantrey Inchbald and Mary Catherine Inchbald, nee Elliot, of Thurlestone, Devon and older brother of Geoffrey Herbert Inchbald (K, 1910-1915), he came to Winchester from Cheam School. During his last year he was Prefect of Chapel and played in College XV, going up to New College, Oxford, with a Classical Scholarship in 1913.

He volunteered immediately after war broke out and in September 1914 was gazetted to the 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment and joined A Company. He went to France in July 1915 and participated in the Battle of Loos on 25th September 1915. In January 1917 Inchbald’s name appeared in despatches, after 9th Devons had attacked Martinpuich on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.

He was killed in the advance to the Hindenburg Line, at the head of No 2 Company, early in the morning of April 2nd 1917 at Ecoust, near Bapaume. He is buried in the HAC Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein, in the Mory-Ecoust Road Cemetery No 1 Memorial 1.

In 2004 three medals awarded to Captain Inchbald were auctioned by Dix Noonan Webb for £850. It is not known who bought them.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Inchbald
  • Forenames or initials: John Chantry Elliot
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1907-1913
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Devonshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 3rd May 1894
  • Date of Death: 2nd April 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: HAC CEMETERY, ECOUST-ST. MEIN, MORY-ECOUST ROAD, CEMETERY NO 1, MEMORIAL 1