Paul, William Edward David

He was the only son of William Paul, of Hoole House, Chester, and entered the school from Sandroyd in September 1929. He was in Sixth Book and a Commoner Prefect, and played in OTH VI and soccer XI in 1934. He was also in 2nd XI cricket 1933-1934, and Captain of School Fencing. He won Kirby Foils and was second in the Public School Foil Competition in the same year.

Leaving school in December 1934, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1935 to read Law, getting a Second Class in the Law Tripos in 1938. He became a very good half-back at soccer and was very unlucky in not getting his “Blue”. Only the presence of unusually good wing halves kept him out of the team. Those who saw him play against the Old Malvernians in the final of the Dunn Cup in the spring of 1938 remembered him as one of the best players on the field.

On going down from Cambridge he went into a solicitor’s office in Liverpool.

On the outbreak of war, he joined 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers, and was sent to Northern Ireland, where he was accidentally drowned while yachting on Strangford Lough on October 19th 1940, at the age of twenty-four. He is commemorated in panel 11, column 1 of the Brookwood Memorial.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Paul
  • Forenames or initials: William Edward David
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1929-1934
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Welch Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 17th June 1916
  • Date of Death: 19th October 1940
  • How Died: Died in an Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Commemorated on Panel 11 of the Brookwood Memorial