May, Richard Trelawny


Third son of Charles Gibbons May, solicitor, of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, and Katherine, nee Baldock. Before coming to Winchester he was with Mr. G.G. Robinson at Hillside, Godalming. He was a Commoner Prefect in 1908, played in O.T.H. VI, shot two years for the Ashburton Shield and both at school and at Oxford won distinction as a long-distance runner, coming in second in the Inter-University cross-country race in 1911. His brother, Charles Henry May, M.C., also came to Winchester (A 1900-1905).

When war broke out he joined the Inns of Court O.T.C. and shortly afterwards obtained a commission in the 7th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. He served in France from May 1915, seeing action at the Battle of Loos and then at the Hohenzollern Redoubt in October 1915. He was once mentioned in Despatches.

He fell on July 7th 1916, at the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, leading his men in a successful attack upon Ovillers: he had been wounded a few minutes before, but refused to leave the line.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: May
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Trelawny
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1903-1909
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 25th March 1890
  • Date of Death: 7th July 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 7C of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL