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In remembrance: members who served and died in World War I, 1914-1918

On the centenary of the years of World War I, we remember those members of the Faculty of Actuaries and Institute of Actuaries who joined the armed forces over the 1914-1918 period yet subsequently died in action and service

Several were 'probationers' and students who had embarked on actuarial careers, others were newly qualified Associates and Fellows. Before and above this, they were sons, brothers, fathers, husbands and loved ones joining the many thousands drawn into the conflict not to return. Their names were commemorated by the Faculty of Actuaries and Institute of Actuaries on memorial plaques and rolls of honour after the war.

Members of the Faculty of Actuaries

A generic image of Members of the Faculty of Actuaries memorial

198 Faculty members (of which three were also Associates of the Institute) served in the Forces during the Great War 1914-1918. 43 Faculty members died of which six were Fellows and 37 Students. E.F. Gardiner, J. McFarlane, and W.G. Walker each earned the Military Cross.

Their names are commemorated on the Faculty of Actuaries war memorial roll of 21 June 1921 (see Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries (1921) 9: 63 + plates) and on a memorial plaque board also honouring those members who fell in World War II (see Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries (1951-1953) 21: 405.)

G. McL. Aitchison. Colour-Sergeant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

C.A. Baird. 2nd Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry. Student of Faculty.

T.C. Cameron. Rifleman, The Cameronians [Scottish Rifles]. Student of Faculty.

W. Campbell. 2nd Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

C.Bristow Care. 2nd Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

J.S. Cunningham. Sergeant, Canadian Infantry. Student of Faculty.

A.A. Fyfe. Private, Royal Army Ordnance Corps. Student of Faculty.

Austyn James Claude FyfeLieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action, 25 March 1917. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Fellow of Faculty, Associate of Institute.

E.F. Gardiner, M.C. 2nd Lieutenant, Seaforth Highlanders. Awarded Military Cross. Student of Faculty.

T.T. Halcrow. 2nd Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

G.K. Hampton. Lieutenant, Norfolk Regiment. Student of Faculty.

R.F.W. Henderson.Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

James Hogg. Captain, 14th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in action, 24 September 1916. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Fellow of Faculty, Associate of Institute.

R.A. Ingles. 2nd Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

J.B. Jackson. 2nd Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Fellow of Faculty.

W.J. Johnston. 2nd Lieutenant, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

W.S. Johnston. Lieutenant, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Student of Faculty.

A.C. Lawson. Private, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

J. Liddell Jr. Private, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

J. McFarlane, M.C. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Awarded Military Cross. Student of Faculty.

J. McMoir. 2nd Lieutenant,  Black Watch. Fellow of Faculty.

T. Middleton. Captain, Highland Light Infantry. Student of Faculty.

R.C.K. Mill. 2nd Lieutenant, Black Watch. Student of Faculty.

J.F. Miller. 2nd Lieutenant, Black Watch. Student of Faculty.

E. Milroy. 2nd Lieutenant, Black Watch. Student of Faculty.

E.M. Morison. Private, Cameron Highlanders. Student of Faculty.

J.R.C. Muir. 2nd Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry. Student of Faculty.

J.P. Newbigging. Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Student of Faculty.

W.I. Nicholson. Private, Gloucester Regiment. Student of Faculty.

E.D.M. Nisbet. Pioneer, Royal Engineers. Student of Faculty.

J. Paterson. Lieutenant-Corporal, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Student of Faculty.

G. Ranken. Lieutenant, Royal Garrison Artillery. Student of Faculty.

D. McI. Robertson. Private, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Student of Faculty.

C.W. Shurrock. Private, Honourable  Artillery Company. Student of Faculty.

C.E.W. Speller. Lieutenant-Corporal, 11th Hussars. Student of Faculty.

P. Spowart. Lieutenant-Corporal, The Royal Scots. Student of Faculty.

D.A. Stuart. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Garrison  Artillery. Student of Faculty.

F. Tower. Captain, Manchester Regiment. Student of Faculty.

F.W. Turner. 2nd Lieutenant, The Cameronians [Scottish Rifles]. Student of Faculty.

W.C. Walker, M.C. Captain, Cameron Highlanders. Awarded Military Cross. Fellow of Faculty.

W.D. Warren. 2nd Lieutenant, London Regiment. Student of Faculty.

David Goldie Young. Lieutenant, 10th Scottish Rifles. Killed in action, 25 September 1915 (JIA 49: 436, October 1915). Fellow of Faculty, Associate of Institute.

“Ad finem fidelis”

Members of the Institute of Actuaries

Members of The Institute of Actuaries War Memorial image

430 Institute members served in the Forces during the Great War 1914-1918. 82 Institute members died of which six were Fellows, 16 Associates, 22 Students and 38 Probationers. Some 76 served in the Army, 4 in the Navy and 2 in the Air Force. Of the 82 fallen, 2 were Canadian, 5 Australian and 75 British nationals. Most died on the battlefield of the Western Front and in Europe, including 10 who fell in first battle of the Somme, whilst one died at sea in the battle of Jutland, others lost their lives in the Dardanelles, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, or in the campaign based on Salonica. H.T.K. Robinson was awarded the Distinguished Service Order with two bars. E.C. Kaye Clarke, E.M. Dove, F.G. Goodyear and E.R. Williamson each earned the Military Cross. J.J. Twentyman received the Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Their names are commemorated on the Institute of Actuaries War Memorial, unveiled 16 March 1922. See Journal of the Institute of Actuaries (1922) 53: 99-104.

John William Ewart Alexander. 2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Norfolk Regiment. Died on service, 14 April 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

George Frederick Thomas Ascott. Private, London Rifle Brigade. Killed in action, 25 March 1918. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

William Askham. Lieutenant (Acting Captain), Army Cyclist Corps. Killed in action, 11 April 1918. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Probationer of Institute.

Thomas Nowell Askwith. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action, 26 October 1917. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Student of Institute.

Vincent John Austin. Private, 5th Battalion, City of London Regiment. Killed in action, 1 July 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Stanley Octavius Benjamin. Bombardier, Australian Expeditionary Force. Died of wounds, 23 November 1916. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1901.

Claude Bidwell. 2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action, 21 September 1915. (JIA 49: 436, October 1915). Probationer of Institute.

Francis Seymour Blake. Captain, King’s Liverpool Regiment. Killed in action, 1 July 1916. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1906.

Wilfred Bradley. Private, Honourable Artillery Company. Died of wounds, 6 November 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Frederick Lighton Bristow. Lance-Corporal, 7th  Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action, 20 March 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Harry Walter Brown. Private, Royal Naval Division. Died on service, 23 January 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

George Eustace Burrows. Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Killed in action, February 1917. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1906.

George Leslie Lewis Carter. Naval Instructor, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. Died on service, 29 July 1918. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Student of Institute.

Arthur Vernon Clare. Lieutenant, 1/21st Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action, 15 September 1916. (JIA 52: 116, 1920-1921). Probationer of Institute.

Edwin Charles Kaye Clarke, M.C. Captain, London Regiment. Killed in action, 31 August 1918. Awarded Military Cross. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Raymond Cole. Private, 16th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action, 1 July 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Edgar Corble. Private, 1st Battalion,, London Rifle Brigade. Killed in action, 6 January 1915. (JIA 49: 296, 1915). Associate of Institute, 1914.

Thomas Graham Cunliffe. Private, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action, May 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Leslie Davies. Captain, 15th Battalion, County of London Regiment. Killed in action, 17 September 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Probationer of Institute.

Percival James Davis. Private, 2nd Battalion, City of London Regiment. Died of wounds, 16 October 1916. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Probationer of Institute.

Frederick Defries. Captain, 5th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action, 6 April 1918. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Associate of Institute, 1906.

Gerald Danby Doucet. 2nd Lieutenant, 7th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action, 26 October 1917. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Fellow of Institute, 1912.

Edward Maddison Dove, M.C. Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment. Killed in action, 23 March 1918. Awarded Military Cross. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Christopher John Elliot. Private, 1st Battalion, London Rifle Brigade. Died of wounds received in action about 26 April 1915 (JIA 49: 296, July 1915). Probationer of Institute.

Reginald George Gregson Ellis. Captain, Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds, 17 April 1917. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Fellow of Institute, 1909.

Walter Sydney Emery. Private, Infantry Battalion, 1st Australian Expeditionary Force. Killed in action, 8 August 1915. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

John Morton Field. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action, 11 April 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

Gilbert Sutcliffe Fielden. 2nd Lieutenant, King’s Own Royal Lancashire Regiment. Died on service, 18 July 1917. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1915.

Richard Clift Fippard. Captain, 14th West Yorkshire Regiment (attached Lancashire Fusiliers). Killed in action, June 1915. (JIA 50: 83-84, 1916-1917). Fellow of Institute, 1910.

Herbert Dudley Sands Fromant. 2nd Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action, 29 April 1917. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Probationer of Institute.

Austyn James Claude Fyfe.  Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action, 25 March 1917. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Fellow of Faculty, Associate of Institute (elected, 1909).

Ralph George Gale. 2nd Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action, 12 October 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Charles George Gifkins. Gunner, 139 Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action, 15 October 1918. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Frederick George Goodyear, M.C. 2nd Lieutenant, London Regiment. Died of wounds, 9 December 1917. Awarded Military Cross. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Frederick John Grant. Private, 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action, 20 July 1916. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

George Henry Grantham. Private, 15th Battalion, London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action, 15 September 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

Hubert Charles Alfred Gravatt. Private, Honourable Artillery Company. Killed in action, 30 September 1915. (JIA 50: 83-84, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1912.

Arthur Skelton Gregory. 2nd Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment (2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment). Killed in action, 21 September 1918. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Malcom Howard Grigg. 2nd Lieutenant, 26th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action, 9 July 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Ernest Harold Marden Gumprecht. Private, London Rifle Brigade. Killed in action, 3 May 1915. (JIA 50: 83-84, 1916-1917) . Probationer of Institute.

Hugh Jerrold Hammond. Captain, 12th Battalion, Royal Warwicks (attached 2nd Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment). Died of wounds, 23 March 1918. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Student of Institute.

Alfred Richard Harriss. Private 1/15th Battalion, London Regiment. Died of wounds, 13 September 1918. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Lionel Frank Hawkins. Private, 17th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action, 17 September 1916. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1915.

Geoffrey Yates Heald. Captain, 15th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action, 1 July 1916. (JIA 51: 411, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

James Hogg. Captain, 14th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in action, 24 September 1916. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Fellow of Faculty, Associate of Institute (elected, 1914).

Thomas Holgate. Private, 2nd/5th Battalion, London Regiment. Killed in action, 17 June 1917. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

John Cromwell Hurley. Lance-Corporal, 22nd Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action, 3 May 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Associate of Institute, 1911.

Alexander Jennings. Private, Honourable Artillery Company. Killed in action, 30 September 1015. (JIA 49: 436, October 1915). Student of Institute.

Henry Batten Keable. Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, H.M.S. ‘Manxman’. Died on service, 11 September 1918. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Associate of Institute, 1911.

Ernest Charles Kemp. Lieutenant, 9th Service Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment and Royal Flying Corps. Killed in action, 6 September 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Probationer of Institute.

Donald Kerr MA BSc, 2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, London Scottish Regiment. Killed in action, July 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Probationer of Institute.

James Miles Langstaff. Major, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Killed in action, 1 March 1917. (JIA 52: 574, 1920-1921). Fellow of Institute, 1909.

Robert John Ledger. 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died in service, 11 March 1917. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

Melville Elliott Lobb. Lance-Corporal, 3rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. Killed in action, April 1915 (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

John Victor McLean. Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died of wounds, 17 July 1916. (JIA 50: 266, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

Cyril Percy Maddox. Private, 16th Battalion, County of London Regiment. Killed in action, 20 November 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Frederick Christmas Mann. 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 March 1915. (JIA 49: 296, July 1915). Associate of Institute, 1912.

James Harold Marlin. Lieutenant, 3rd Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment. Killed in action, 12 April 1917. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1910.

Ernest Milton Martin. Lieutenant, 24th Battalion, 2nd Division, Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action, 31 March 1918. (JIA 52: 574, 1920-1921). Probationer of Institute.

Thomas M. Middleton, BA. Captain, 97th Brigade, Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action, 1 July 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Student of Institute.

Henry Jackson Mills. Lieutenant, 19th Battalion, Machine Gun Corps. Killed in action, 30 May 1918. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Student of Institute.

Brian Needell. Private, 20th Battalion, City of London Regiment. Killed in action, 20 May 1917. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Student of Institute.

Edward Albert Newland. 2nd Lieutenant, 24th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action, 23 October 1918. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Student of Institute.

James Henry Orr. Captain, 210 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Killed in action, 30 November 1917. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Harry Orrell. Private, 20th Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Killed in action, 23 April 1917. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Student of Institute.

Hubert Henry Phillips. Lieutenant, 3rd (attached to 2nd) Battalion, Leicester Regiment. Died of wounds received in action, 25 September 1915. (JIA 49: 436, October 1915). Probationer of Institute.

George Henry Pollock. 4th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment (attached to 1st Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment). Killed while on patrol duty, 18 June 1915. (JIA 49: 296, July 1915). Probationer of Institute.

Gilfrid Montier Reeve. Captain, 9th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action, 7 July 1916. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Fellow of Institute, 1912.

Donald Arthur Roberts. Flight Lieutenant, Royal Air Force (attached HMS ‘Iron Duke’) . Died on service, 30 January 1919. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Hugh Thomas Kay Robinson, D.S.O. Lieutenant-Colonel, Royal Sussex Regiment. Killed in action, 26 April 1918. Awarded Distinguished Service Order, 2 Bars. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Fellow of Institute, 1905.

Charles Sidney Shilson. Private, 5th Battalion, City of London Regiment. Killed in action, 1 July 1916. (JIA 51: 311-312, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

Walter Ernest Smith. Captain, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Died of wounds, 5 July 1917. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Probationer of Institute.

Sidney Frank Snowdon. 2nd Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers. Killed in action, 15 September 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

Alan Davidson Steed. Private, 15th London Rifles (Queen’s Westminsters). Killed in action, 30 April 1918. (JIA 51: 183-184, 1918-1919). Probationer of Institute.

John Bernard Evelyn Tombs. Lance-Corporal, 9th Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died from dysentery, 23 September 1915. (JIA 50: 83-84, 1916-1917) . Probationer of Institute.

Joseph Jefferson Twentyman, D.C.M. 2nd Lieutenant, Highland Light Infantry. Died on service, 11 February 1919. Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal. (JIA 52: 574, 1920-1921). Probationer of Institute.

Harry Wallis MA. Naval Instructor, HMS “Indefatigable”. Killed in action, 31 May 1916. (JIA 50: 175, 1916-1917). Associate of Institute, 1913.

Harry Watson. 2nd Lieutenant, King’s Liverpool Regiment. Killed in action, 12 August 1916. (JIA 52: 116, 1920-1921). Student of Institute.

Sydney Gerald Weatherdon. 2nd Lieutenant, 11th Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action, 19 September 1917. (JIA 51: 76, 1917-1918). Probationer of Institute.

Frederick Wellisch. Sergeant, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 1st Australian Expeditionary Force. Killed in action, 25 April 1915. (JIA 49: 436, October 1915). Student of Institute.

Edgar Rowe Williamson. Lieutenant, 5th City of London Regiment. Killed in action, 10 September 1916. Awarded Military Cross. (JIA 50: 342, 1916-1917). Student of Institute.

David Goldie Young. Lieutenant, 10th Scottish Rifles. Killed in action, 25 September 1915. (JIA 49: 436, October 1915). Fellow of Faculty, Associate of Institute  (elected, 1914).

“Their name liveth for ever”

Sources:

  • Obituaries: reports in Journal of the Institute of Actuaries:
    • JIA 49 (1915): 26, 436
    • JIA 50 (1916-1917): 83-84, 175, 266, 342
    • JIA 51 (1918-1919): 76, 183-184, 311-312, 411
    • JIA 52 (1920-1921): 574
  • The [Faculty] War memorial. Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries (1921-1925) 9: 63.
  • Unveiling of the Institute of Actuaries War Memorial. Journal of the Institute of Actuaries (1922) 53: 99-104.
  • The Faculty's War Memorial [for members serving in World Wars I, 1914-1918 and II, 1939-1945]. Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries (1951-1953) 21: 405.
  • R.C. Simmonds (1948). The Institute of Actuaries 1848-1948: an account of the Institute of Actuaries during its first one hundred years.
  • A.R. Davidson (1956). The history of the Faculty of Actuaries in Scotland 1856-1956.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 

    The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC.