Stanhope-Lovell, William Bain

He was the younger son of John Gardiner Wilkinson Stanhope-Lovell of Ortinola, Trinidad, British West Indies, and Janet Stanhope-Lovell (daughter of John Purdie Bain). He came to Winchester, to Mr. Altham’s House, from Cargilfield. He won the Holgate and Spanish prizes, and reached Sixth Book.   He was a keen games player and won his Flannels. On leaving Winchester he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was placed in the first class in Part II of the Law Tripos and won an exhibition.

He then entered the Colonial Service, doing a course at Cambridge and studying as a barrister at Gray’s Inn in 1938 before he joined the Nyasaland Administration in 1939.

On the outbreak of war he was gazetted to a commission in the King’s African Rifles, where his obvious gift for administration and ability to get on with his fellows secured him the post of Adjutant and promotion to Captain in 1942. He then reverted to civilian service and served as an Assistant Colonial Secretary from 1942.

His active service had told on his health, however, and he died in hospital at Zomba, Nyasaland, on April 2nd 1943.  Because he was in civilian service when he died, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has no record of his death or burial; in Winchester College’s War Cloister he has been included in the list of war dead, but under the wrong year of entry to the school (1926).


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Stanhope-Lovell
  • Forenames or initials: Willliam Bain
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1930-1934
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: King's African Rifles
  • Date of Birth: 19th December 1916
  • Date of Death: 2nd April 1943
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown