Chamberlayne, Thomas Edmund Onslow

Second son of the MP for Southampton, Tankerville Chamberlayne, of Cranbury Park near Hursley, Hampshire and of Edith Chamberlayne, daughter of S J Ashley of Kidlington. He came to Winchester from Twyford School and in 1910 went up to Merton College, Oxford.

When war broke out he obtained a commission in the R.F.A., and was wounded at the Battle of Loos, but did not leave his battery. He fell near the Somme on August 18th 1916 while serving with 73 Brigade RFA.

His commanding officer wrote: “His charming personality and courage endeared him to all his comrades, and I, personally, mourn the loss of one of my best officers. I am sure you will always be proud to know that your son died in the execution of his duty, in which he never flinched.”

He is commemorated on the War Memorial in Flexford Road, North Baddesley, and by a tree planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Chamberlayne
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas Edmund Onslow
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1907-1910
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 29th July 1893
  • Date of Death: 18th August 1916
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E1
  • Decoration: NA