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Dick,

        Many thanks for that information on Capt Nicol. Much appreciated. 

 

Best wishes, 

Mike 

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On ‎30‎/‎01‎/‎2018 at 22:26, rflory said:

ASA1: Below is what I have about HAB Donkin

 

Private Harold Arthur Bryan Donkin

Born on 6 October 1897 the  only son of the Reverend Arthur Donkin, of Semer Rectory, Ipswich and Julia Honoria Donkin

Entered Rugby School in 1911 and left in 1915

Went to RMC, Sandhurst after leaving Rugby 

In October 1916 he enlisted as an other rank 

Served with the 1st Bn, The Queen's

Died of broncho-pheumonia at a Casualty Clearing Station in northern France on 22 December 1916 at age 19

 

The photo is from the first-listed reference.

 

Sources:

Memorials of Rugbeians Who Fell in the Great War, Volume VII

Rugby School Register Annotated 1892-1921

Donkin.jpg

 

 

Harold Donkin's father was Arthur Donkin, a master at Rugby SChool from 1875 until 1920, and for many years the Housemaster of the house now known as Bradley. Here's a photo of him during that time:

 

 

Donkin.jpg

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ALANJONES

Dick.

I was wondering if you might know any more than below regarding this officer please?

I believe he  joined, 122nd Heavy Battery on the 17 April 1917

best wishes

Alan

 KIRWAN, Geoffrey Dugdale 
  Captain (Royal Garrison Artillery)
  Survived the war 
  Awards: Military Cross, Croix de Guerre, Order of the Bath, Order of St Michael and St George 

And MID?

Geoffrey Dugdale Kirwan, son of the High School's Headmaster, George Richard Kirwan, and his wife, Elizabeth Josephine Kirwan, joined the school at the age of 7, having previous been taught at home.

His academic achievements led him to being offered scholarships at both Uppingham and Repton schools. He took the offer at Repton, and attended from Sep-1911. He was later awarded a scholarship to Rugby school.

He entered the war with the Royal Garrison Artillery as 2nd Lieutenant, serving in France, and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1917. He was awarded both the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre.

On 16-Apr-1918 he transferred to the RGA Special Reserves, and was promoted to temporary Captain, which was formally confirmed on 1-Apr-1920 when he relinquished his commission.

After the war he attended University College, Oxford and went on to a career with the government. He was Assistant Secretary to the Royal Commission on Police Powers and Procedure in 1928, and worked in the Ministry of Home Security from 1939 to 1945.

He continued to work in government offices as Under-Secretary of State in the Foreign Office, and later as Comptroller General with the National Debt Office.

He was awarded the Companion of the Order of the Bath, and in 1954, Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

He retired from public service 30-Nov-1961 and became Vice-President of the Trustees Savings Bank.

He was the instigator of the Kirwan Prize at the High School, which continued into the 1960s.

Geoffrey died on 11-Nov-1970 in Bridge, in Kent

from: http://www.boyshighschool.co.uk/thepast/wartime/ww1/info/kirwan_gd.htm

 
 

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rflory

Alan:  Below is what I have on George Dugdale Kirwan beyond what you have:

 

Born 17 Oct 96

At Repton School from Sep 1911 to Jul 1915 (played on XI, 1915)

In 1915 Cadet, Officer Cadet School, Trowbridge, 1915

2nd Lieut. RGA SR in Jul 1915

Went to France with 122nd Heavy Battery on 22 Nov 15 and served with it until Feb 1917

From Feb 1917 to Apr 1917 was Orderly Officer, 2nd Heavy Artillery Group, RGA

Returned to 122nd Heavy Battery in April 1917 and served with it until Aug 1917

Lieut., RGA SR in Jul 1917

Served at HQ, 5th Army from Aug 1917 to April 1918

From April 1918 to Dec 1918 was Staff Capt 

Demobilized in March 1919

Student, University College, Oxford in 1919

Sept 1919 appointed to 1st Division, The Home Office

Posted to Toynbee Hall, The Home Office

Asst. Under Secy. of State, Home Office in 1945

In 1947 appointed Asst. Under Secy. of State, Foreign Office

Became Comptroller General, National Debt Office

 

Sources:

Old Reptonian War Register 1914-1919

Repton School Register 1922

Repton School Register 1933

Repton School Register 1957

Oxford University Roll of Service, 1920

War Diary of 2nd Heavy Artillery Group from February 1917 to November 1918

 

Regards, Dick Flory

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ALANJONES

Dick, that's marvellous!

It is particularly interesting to see that after Geoffrey Kirwan's initial time with 122nd he then later returned to remain with them for a considerable time and that his staff jobs seem (for periods anyway!) to have been with the higher formations in which the 122nd served.

And, he died in Bridge, Kent, which is about five miles from where I am now typing - a bit of local research seems required!

Thank you very much indeed!

best wishes

Alan

 

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ALANJONES

PS Dick, and sorry to add to the request!

Do you have a record of Kirwan's citation for the award of a Military Cross?

Alan

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1 hour ago, ALANJONES said:

Do you have a record of Kirwan's citation for the award of a Military Cross?

 

 

Looks like it was a 1918 King's Birthday honour, so probably for being a good egg all round rather than for a specific act of valour.

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rflory

Alan:  As 'IPT' has indicated the MC was gazetted on 3 Jun 18 which is a Birthday Honour and therefore has no citation.

 

Regards, Dick Flory

 

 

 

 

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ALANJONES

Ah! Many thanks IPT and Dick,

best wishes

Alan

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