Evelyn Charles Bradley Wodehouse

Evelyn Charles Bradley Wodehouse was the son of Charles Edward and Eva Wodehouse, from Woolmers in Hertford. Charles was an Insurance Officer and an OM.

Evelyn was in No 9 between 1898 and 1902. The Malvernian wrote in Dec 1917:

“Evelyn Wodehouse was the son of C. E. Wodehouse (O.M.), and the second of six brothers, who were all in No. 9. He was one of the first to join the Public Schools’ Brigade on the outbreak of war, subsequently obtaining a commission in the Bedfords. He went to the front with them, and made himself as popular with his Regiment and Brigade as he had always been at School. He was killed while carrying out some extremely difficult and dangerous patrol work against an enemy occupying a strong, well-protected position. One recalls him as a high-spirited, thoroughly open and frank boy, whose good-nature and pleasant manner won for him many friends. These qualities were not merely superficial, but were the expression of a generous and very genuine character.”

The regimental diary recalls:

“Lt Wodehouse of the 1st Battalion arrived in the 5th battalion on the 7th October 1915, whilst stationed in Gallipoli. Having survived Gallipoli, the boredom of Egypt and the first two battles at Gaza, he was killed in action on the 4th October 1917, aged 32 during intensive shelling of their trenches outside Gaza.”

¬†“4 Oct 1917 Heavy enemy firing was encountered & Lieut ECB Wodehouse was fatally wounded & 60 ORs were hit, more or less seriously.”

He was initiated into the Emblematic Lodge No 1321.