Studd, The Reverend Lionel Fairfax

He was the third son of Sir John Edward Kynaston Studd of Harley Street, London and his wife, Hilda Proctor-Beauchamp. His father became Lord Mayor of London in 1928. His two brothers, Eric (A 1900) and Bernard (A 1906-1911) also came to Winchester. Lionel Studd came to Winchester from Fonthill School, East Grinstead, and was a House prefect in his last year.

He went to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1909 and after taking his degree with honours in History, studied for a year at Ridley Hall. Anxious to prepare himself for ordination and also to work as a missionary, he entered the Polytechnic Business Training School with a view to obtaining some practical business experience. There he studied accountancy and helped the accounts section keep the books. At the same time he joined the Polytechnic Company of the 12th Battalion London Regiment, although he considered giving up his commission in the summer of 1914.

He was ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral on Trinity Sunday 1914 and went to work at St James, Holloway. On the outbreak of war, he considered it his duty to stay with his regiment and was very soon promoted to Captain and served for several weeks in command of the guard at Waterloo Station. They moved to France and joined the Lines of Communication troops on Christmas Day 1914, moving up to Ypres on 8th February 1915, going into the trenches in front of Hill 60 on 13th February.

The following morning, during a heavy attack, he was struck in the head by a shell splinter and killed. He was originally buried in the same grave in a field next to the Cimetiere de Menin with another officer from the “Poly” Company, Major V R Hoare, who was killed the following day. He now lies in grave III.A.8 of Ypres Town Cemetery Extension. His photograph appeared with that of other officers under the title “Dead on the Field of Honour, Officers killed in action” in the Illustrated London News of February 27th 1915.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Studd
  • Forenames or initials: The Reverend Lionel Fairfax
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1904-1909
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: London Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 16th May 1891
  • Date of Death: 14th February 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: YPRES TOWN CEMETERY: Grave III.A.8