Don, Valentine Graham


He was the son of John Birrell Don and Ida Don of Maulesden, near Brechin, Forfarshire, and cousin of Lieutenant A.W.R. Don (F, 1904-1909) and Lieutenant R.M. Don (Coll., 1907-1912), both of whom died on service – and entered Mr. Blore’s House from Mr. Lifton Wynne’s school at Limpsfield. A keen naturalist, he became treasurer and secretary of Natural History Society: he was also Head of the House, and shortly before the war matriculated at New College, Oxford.

On September 26th 1915 while serving with the 8th Battalion West Kent Regiment he fell at Loos. The Brigade had made an advance of about 2,100 yards only to come across uncut German barbed wire. It was while attempting to get through this wire that 2nd Lt Don was killed. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

His name had appeared once in Despatches.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Don
  • Forenames or initials: Valentine Graham
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1909-1914
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: West Kent Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 28th September 1895
  • Date of Death: 26th September 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Panel 95-97