Eccles, John Dennison

He was the son of Lieutenant Colonel William McAdam Eccles, M.S., F.R.C.S., of Harley Street, London and came to Winchester from Mr. Edwin Bull’s school in York Place. He was President of Boat Club in 1913, shot in Wimbledon VIII and took a prominent part in the work of Archaeological Society; he contributed the chapter on St. Cross to “Winchester: its History, Buildings and People”, published by the Society in 1913. During his last year at school he gave much of his spare time to the study of modern philosophy.

He had intended to go up to Oriel College, Oxford in October 1914 but on the outbreak of war obtained a commission direct from the Winchester O.T.C. to the 9th Battalion London Regiment (Queen Victoria’s Rifles). He went to the front in July 1915, and the following December was wounded during a bombing operation. He was afterwards awarded the M.C. for his gallantry on that occasion: he had penetrated inside the enemy’s wire with his party and subsequently stayed behind, though wounded himself in three places, to bring away an injured man. He returned to the front in April 1916, and was appointed to the command of a company.

He died in London on September 27th 1916 of wounds sustained three weeks earlier while leading an attack near Ginchy, during the Battle of the Somme. His funeral was held at St Bartholomew the Great Church in London. He is buried in Grave H.I.14 at the St Marylebone Cemetery in London.

A photograph of his grave:

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Eccles
  • Forenames or initials: John Dennison
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: London Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 29th February 1896
  • Date of Death: 27th September 1916
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F1
  • Decoration: M.C.