Colvin, Robert Alexander


He was the son of James Colquhoun Colvin and Alice Jane Colvin of Sutton Veny, Wiltshire and came from Durnford House School. He was appointed a House Prefect in his last year, played in Commoner XV and rowed in School IV. He was an enthusiastic┬ásportsman and a keen member of Glee Club. Passing into Sandhurst in 1908, he obtained his commission the following year in the 2nd Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment. He was Adjutant of the battalion in 1913, when it formed part of the international force detailed to occupy Scutari. He remained Adjutant after the outbreak of war, and was mentioned in one of Lord French’s early Despatches.

He fell at Neuve Chapelle on March 10th 1915, the only officer of the battalion to die that day.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Colvin
  • Forenames or initials: Robert Alexander
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1902-1908
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 5th November 1889
  • Date of Death: 10th March 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER, CUINCHY : Grave VIII. F. 37.