Martindale, Warine Frederick


Born in India, he was the son of Lieutenant Colonel C.S. Martindale, of 32 Chapel Street, Belgrave Square, London and came to Winchester from Mr. J.D. Holt’s school at Margate. He became Head of his House, a Commoner Prefect and a member of Sixth Book, and rowed bow in the School IV.

When war broke out he was in Canada, reading for the Bar and immediately returned to England, obtaining a commission in the 3rd Battalion Scots Guards. The battalion was then involved in the fighting near Ginchy, on the Somme, on the first day of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, September 15th 1916. The attack was to see the first use of tanks in warfare, one being commanded by a Wykehamist, Lieutenant George Macpherson (I1909-1915) (killed in action 15/9/1916 – see individual entry).

Martindale fell that day near Guinchy. His name appeared in Despatches two months after his death.

In September 2002 Lieutenant Martindale’s 1914-1915 Star, and his British War and Victory Medals came up for auction with Dix Noonan Webbs, specialist medal auctioneers.   It is not known who purchased them.

Martindale was not the only Wykehamist to die that day on the Somme: ten others were killed or mortally wounded, including Captain Arthur Innes Adam (Coll.1907-1912, 1/1st Cambridgeshire Regiment); Lieutenant Raymond Asquith (Coll.1892-1897, 3rd Grenadier Guards), the son of the Prime Minister; Lieutenant-Colonel Eric William Benson MC (A1901-1906, 9th KRRC); Major Charles Blair-Wilson (I1908-1913, 42nd Canadian Infantry); Lieutenant George Macpherson (I1909-1915, Heavy Section – Tanks – Machine Gun Corps); Captain Desmond Clere Parsons (E1903-1908, 2nd Irish Guards); Lance Corporal 73832 Henry Mark Ruddock (H1908-1913, 28th Canadian Infantry); 2nd Lieutenant Evelyn Godfrey Worsley (A1898-1903, 3rd Grenadier Guards); 2nd Lieutenant Geoffrey Wilfrid Penfold Wyatt (D1909-1915, 1st East Kent Regiment); and Lieutenant Raymond Gilbert Hooker Yeatherd (F1904-1908, 2nd Dragoon Guards.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Martindale
  • Forenames or initials: Warine Frederick
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1907-1912
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Scots Guards
  • Date of Birth: 31st March 1894
  • Date of Death: 15th September 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Pier and Face 7D of the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL