Weatherby, Thomas

He was the son of Charles Thomas Weatherby (H 1873-1879, captain of Lords in 1879) and Alice Weatherby, of Barrington House, Lindfield, Sussex. He entered his father’s old house from Mr. F. Gresson’s school at Crowborough, and became Senior Prefect in his last year. He upheld the family reputation for athletic success: he won the 100 Yards and the Quarter-Mile, played in Commoner VI (1911-12), 2nd XI Soccer, and in Lords in 1913. On leaving Winchester, he joined the family business, Weatherby & Sons, of 15 Cavendish Square, West London, bloodstock agents who run the General Stud Book for thoroughbred horses, and played for his village cricket team in Lindfield.

In 1914 he joined the Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment. While in training at Wimborne with 9th Battalion, he contracted meningococcal meningitis (then called ‘spotted fever’), and died in the Alexandra Military Hospital, Cosham, Portsmouth on May 8th 1915, aged twenty. His funeral service was held on Tuesday May 11th 1915 at the Lindfield Rural (Walstead) Cemetery in Haywards Heath, where he lies in grave 1480.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Weatherby
  • Forenames or initials: Thomas
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1907-1913
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 1st August 1894
  • Date of Death: 8th May 1915
  • How Died: Died of Illness
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E3
  • Decoration: NA