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Capt Sydney John Malcolm, 14th att'd. 8th Bn Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, Killed in Action 20/9/17


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Hi All,

 

I am researching the above officer who came from South Woodford, Essex. He was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs J. S. Malcolm.

His father was a director of The Caxton Publishing Co., London.

 

He was educated at Woodford College and later at King's College, London. Although I have tried I cannot find any record of a school called Woodford College and wondered if anyone had come across this school? Maybe it has changed its name at a later date and still exists?

 

I have located a couple of obituaries for him in the Chelmsford Chronicle and also the Essex Newsman dated 5th and 6th Oct., 1917., but sadly these are quite short and lacking in much detail or the inclusion of a portrait.

 

He was married on 17th August, 1917, in London, to Gertrude Winifred Fletcher. On his marriage certificate his age is given as 23 yrs, yet his CWGC record records his age as 21 yrs., when he was killed some 12 months later!?

 

Any help or pointers much appreciated,

 

TIA,  Robert

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Yes, Woodford College was a private school in........wait for it....... Woodford.  Although I concentrate on the war dead of neighbouring Wanstead and Snaresbrook, Malcolm is a familiar name.  He is not listed on the site "Redbridge and the First World War" but I am fairly sure he is written up by my friend and colleague Adrian Lee, in his Roll "The War Dead of Woodford 1914-1920", a copy of which is held by Redbridge Local Studies.  Adrian has hunkered down for the COVID but should emerge next month. I know he has done more on Woodford College and knows it's exact location  (From memory, in George Lane, South Woodford)

  Have you looked at the Kings College London website??

 

I think,again from memory, there is an obit. in the Woodford Times, the local- again, have to wait for the libraries to open to zap it.

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CWGC have his parents as: Son of James Sydney and Jessie Malcolm, of 44, Eastwood Rd., South Woodford, Essex.

https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/452727/SYDNEY JOHN MALCOLM/

:-) M

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1 hour ago, Old Owl said:

He was married on 17th August, 1917, in London, to Gertrude Winifred Fletcher. On his marriage certificate his age is given as 23 yrs, yet his CWGC record records his age as 21 yrs., when he was killed some 12 months later!?

Was she perhaps older than him at date of marriage ???  - sometimes some 'age adjustment' to close an age gap could appear on a MC ??

Both, MIC as Sidney John MALCOLM,  Sgt., 3577, [appears be recorded as a Sgt, but to have gone to France 18.8.17 and died as a Capt, having been discharged to a Commission 18.11.14] & CWGC as Sydney John MALCOLM, have death as 20 Sept. 1917.

Rather looks like there was perhaps some pre-war service.

There is an Officer's Widow's pension card at WFA/Fold3 but it does not help.

:-) M

 

Edit:

I'm finding a marriage Sept. Qtr. 1916 on Ancestry

Service Papers at TNA https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C1067950

A Family Tree on Ancestry [Turner family Tree] - Quickly taken me to his 1916 Marriage Bond as over 21 and his bride also over 21 and his 1916 Marriage Cert as 23 & 21, respectively, as you have previously identified.

Looking at the 1911 Census has him at school and 14 = yob: c.1897 = c.21 at death

1901 Census has him as 4 = yob: c.1897 = c.21 at death

All rather looking like 23 on his MC is a 'discrepancy'

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London Gazette seems to have him commissioning as a 2 Lt, 23 Nov. 1914

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28983/supplement/9671

So should have made Lt, 23 May 1916 [typically 18 months after commissioning]

And a few more entries that look like him.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29830/supplement/11242

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29942/supplement/1582 - interesting, as seems listed under RFC

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30235/supplement/8439

:-) M

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Many thanks --this is great news.

 

At least somebody recognises the name Woodford College and even better Adrian Lee has some information relating to this school--hopefully I shall be able to access this information in the near future.

 

I have looked at the King's College site which has some brief details from the King's College Review relating to his military career, but unfortunately includes no photo nor specific details of his demise. He had only been in France for circa six weeks prior to his death.

 

He must have been only 17 years of age when he received his commission, but it is not clear why he remained in the UK for so long before eventually being sent overseas in August, 1917.

 

Many thanks again,

 

Robert

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1 hour ago, Matlock1418 said:

London Gazette seems to have him commissioning as a 2 Lt, 23 Nov. 1914

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/28983/supplement/9671

So should have made Lt, 23 May 1916 [typically 18 months after commissioning]

And a few more entries that look like him.

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29830/supplement/11242

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29942/supplement/1582 - interesting, as seems listed under RFC

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30235/supplement/8439

:-) M

Many thanks Matlock for your replies. 

 

It appears that he did transfer to the RFC during 1916, but in his desire to go to the front he soon transferred back to the Argylls, with whom he eventually went to the front in August, 1917 and was killed only 6 weeks later on 20/9/17.

 

Thank you also for the L.G. information.

 

Best,  Robert

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On 20/03/2021 at 13:56, busterfield said:

This may be of help.

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/6393005.the-days-of-our-lives/

malcolm 2 from newsshopper

 

http://www.stsepulchres.org.uk/burials/sweatman_william.html

I missed earlier posting from GUEST giving address

 

malcolm.JPG

malcolm 2.JPG

Many thanks Busterfield,

 

These snippets are most helpful and hopefully the noose is now tightening slowly upon some decent info relating to Woodford College during WW1.

 

Best,  Robert

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On 20/03/2021 at 17:11, Guest said:

Robert-There are references to Woodford College on British Newspaper Archive-sports, prize days,etc.

Apologies for not replying sooner..

 

I wonder if Adrian Lee can supply any details relating to Sydney John Malcolm? It would be really helpful if he could or if he can point me in the right direction.

 

Best,  Robert

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