Overton, Thomas Darwin


Second son of the Reverend Frederick Arnold Overton, variously Vicar of High Cross, Rector of East Barnett and Canon of St Albans. He was one of three Wykehamist brothers, all of whom came to Winchester from Horris Hill. He was a School Prefect in his last year and played for College XVs. In 1913, he was elected to an Exhibition at New College, Oxford, and at the outbreak of war was mountaineering in Switzerland.

Returning immediately, he was commissioned into the New Army 6th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment and ordered to the Dardanelles in June 1915. They reached Cape Helles on 19th July. Overton’s Battalion went into the front line on 30th July and the following morning he was killed. He was the only officer to fall. It is unfortunate that the war diary of 6th Lincolns does not survive, so it is impossible to say exactly how he died, but is most likely either by sniper or by shell fire. He is commemorated on Special Memorial B.121 in the Redoubt Cemetery, Cape Helles, where nearly 1400 of the burials there are unidentified but who believed to be buried there.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Overton
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas Darwin
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1908-1913
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Lincolnshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 18th July 1894
  • Date of Death: 30th July 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on SPECIAL MEMORIAL, B.121, REDOUBT CEMETERY, CAPE HELLES, GALLIPOLI