Edward Hamilton Southcomb

Edward joined West Buckland School as a member of the Brereton in 1904 ‘at a very early age’, EH Southcombaccording to his brief obituary in the School’s Register of December 1917. He left in 1910 to join Shrewsbury School. He won a science prize in 1908 and was a member of the OTC. The description next to the Southcomb Shield, which was purchased with a legacy he left to the school in his will, reads: ‘He was for many years a cheerful member of the Brereton House, no great athlete but always ready to play his part to the best of his ability.’

Edward was shot by a sniper whilst fighting with the 17th Battalion on the 31st July 1917. He was 22 years old. There is no marked grave for Edward, however, he is remembered on the Menin Gate, along with two more Old Boys of West Buckland School.


  1. John Fohmew says:

    Date of death noted on Commonwealth War Graves site, http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/914336/, is 31 July 1917

    • admin says:

      Dear John, you’re absolutely correct. I have checked with our original document from which the post is amended and it clearly states the 31st July. One of our history teachers has done a lot of research into all of the West Buckland losses in WW1. This must be a typo, although I am ashamed that it dates all the way back to 2014. Many thanks for pointing it out. Best wishes, the OWBA Team

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