King, Lucas Henry St. Aubyn

Eldest son of Sir Lucas White King of the Indian Civil Service, and Geraldine, daughter of Alfred Harmsworth and the eldest sister of Lord Northcliffe, he was born in Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan and entered Winchester from Mr. A.H. Trollope’s school, Tyttenhanger Lodge, St. Albans. He became a House Prefect in 1912, rowed in the school IV for two years and passed with distinction through Sandhurst.  His younger brother, Alfred Curzon King (E1916-18 – see individual entry) was killed by enemy action when a torpedo hit the ship in which he was travelling back from Ireland to Holyhead on 10th October 1918.

He obtained his commission in September 1913 in the 4th Battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps and joined his regiment in India. They returned home in November 1914, leaving for the front on December 20th. He was severely wounded at Dickebusch a month later. He rejoined his battalion at the beginning of May 1915 and a few days afterwards, on the 8th, fell in action during the Second Battle of Ypres.

The British and French armies had been preparing for their spring offensive and were caught by surprise when the Germans launched their own offensive around Ypres on 22nd April, an action which saw the use of chlorine gas for the first time in battle. On 8th May King, with 4 KRRC, commanded by Major B J Majendie DSO CMG (I 1889-1892) was in the line east of Bellewaarde Lake and endured a day of fierce fighting with shrapnel and high explosives taking a heavy toll. By mid morning the shelling was so severe that very little of the 4KRRC trenches remained and it was estimated that around 300 men and three officers of the battalion had been killed. Two of the officers were Wykehamists: King and 2nd Lieutenant Ninian Mark Kerr Bertie (B 1910-1914) (see individual entry). King was killed by shell-fire and it proved impossible to retrieve his body. Both he and Bertie are commemorated on Panels 51 and 53 of the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: King
  • Forenames or initials: Lucas Henry St. Aubyn
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1908-1912
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 8th August 1894
  • Date of Death: 8th May 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Panels 51 and 53 of the MENIN GATE MEMORIAL, YPRES