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The Commemorations on the War Memorial at Repton School. The Commemorations on the War Memorial at Repton School.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

The Repton School War Memorial stands in a beautiful setting in the old part of the school, which dates from 1559, on the site of a 12th Century Augustinian Priory of which just some foundation stones remain. The names of the fallen are inscribed on wall plaques in a cloister situated behind the memorial.

The central panel commemorates those who lost their lives in the First World War, and contains 355 names.
The First World War Memorial is flanked on either side by plaques commemorating those who lost their lives in the Second World War. There are 188 names on these plaques.

Eight Officers who served in the Yorkshire Regiment are commemorated on the Repton School War Memorial.

We are extremely grateful for the help and assistance provided by Paul Stevens, the School's Librarian and Archivist. The history of Repton School, and further details of the school, can be found on www.repton.org.uk/history-of-repton.


2nd Lieutenant John Follansbee Bredin Delap. 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of the Rev. Louis Bredin Delap and Jennie Charlotte Delap, of Benhall Vicarage, Saxmundham, Suffolk. Killed 18 October 1916. Aged 19.
Buried A.I.F. BURIAL GROUND, FLERS.
Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Born July 30th 1897, the son of the Reverend Louis Bredin Delap and Jennie Charlotte Delap, of Benhall Vicarage, Saxmundham, Suffolk. New 1912 – 1915 Royal Military College, Sandhurst, 8/15. Second Lieutenant, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, 12/15. France 7/16. Killed in Action on the Somme 18/10/16 aged 19.
Although not brilliant, he was a very useful member of the House both in work and games. He entered Sandhurst in August 1915 and received his commission in December of the same year. On October 18th 1916 he was reported wounded and missing, but is now believed to have been killed. His fellow officers and men report that he behaved splendidly in the night attack, was hit once while moving forward with the front line of his company, but got up again and went on. Hit the second time, he refused all help from his men, saying, “Never mind me, go on,” and waved them on to the attack. “A splendid example,” his Adjutant writes, “of self-sacrificing gallantry.” Another officer writes: “Although one of the youngest, he was one of the most valuable officers we have had. I don’t think he knew what fear was, or if he did, he never showed it, which is still finer.” The Reptonian, June 1917
John Delap left Repton School in 1912. - see photo for School Leavers 1908 - 1915 Commemorations.

2nd Lieutenant Edward Humbert Fisher. 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Edward and Dora Fisher, of Aspley Guise, Bletchley, Beds. Killed 19 May 1915. Aged 30.
Commemorated on Panel 12, LE TOURET MEMORIAL.
Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Born March 6th 1885, the son of Edward and Dora Fisher, of Aspley Guise, Bletchley, Bedfordshire. Hall 1899 – 1902 Emmanuel College, Cambridge; B.A. 1905 P.A.S.I. ; Land Agent and Surveyor Private, Artists’ Rifles, 8/14. Second Lieutenant attached 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, 3/15. France. Killed in Action 19/05/15 aged 30 LE TOURET MEMORIAL
He went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and took his B.A. degree in 1905. He then became a land agent and surveyor, and when war broke out he joined the 2nd Yorkshire Regiment. He was killed in action on May 19th. His younger brother has reached a high position on the L. & N.-W. Railway staff. The Reptonian, June 1915 "
Edward Fisher left Repton School in 1899. - see photo for School Leavers 1872 - 1903 Commemorations.

Lieutenant Malcolm Hewley Graham. 3rd Battalion attached 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 15 June 1915.
Commemorated on Panel 12, LE TOURET MEMORIAL.
Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Born November 22nd 1894, the son of H.S. Graham, Park House Pool, Wharfedale. Hall 1909 – 1913 Pembroke College, Cambridge Second Lieutenant, 3rd Yorkshire Regiment, Special Reserve, 8/14. Lieutenant, 2/15. France, attached 2nd Battalion, 3/15. Killed in Action at Givenchy 15/06/15 LE TOURET MEMORIAL.
He went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, and rowed for his College. The Reptonian, July 1915 "
Malcolm Graham left Repton School in 1909. - see photo for School Leavers 1908 - 1915 Commemorations.

Captain Frank Bryan Parker. 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, attached to 6th Battalion. Son of Reginald B. and Margaret A. Parker, of Milford Hall, South Milford, Yorks. (buried Bolshoi Ozerki Cem.). Killed 23 March 1919. Aged 22.
Commemorated ARCHANGEL MEMORIAL.
Frank Parker left Repton School in 1910. - see photo for School Leavers 1908 - 1915 Commemorations.

Lieutenant Richard Herbert Phayre. 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Eldest son of Lt. Col. R. Phayre, O.B.E., D.L., and Mrs. Frances Anne Phayre, of "Belgaum," Woking, Surrey. Killed 26 October 1914. Aged 24.
Commemorated Panel 33, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL.
Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Born March 31st 1890, the eldest son of Lieutenant Colonel R. Phayre, O.B.E., D.L., and Mrs. Frances Anne Phayre, of "Belgaum," Woking, Surrey. Mitre 1904 - 1908 Royal Military College, Sandhurst 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, 1909 Lieutenant, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment. France, 8/14. Killed in Action at Ypres 26/10/14 aged 24 YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Richard Phayre left Repton School in 1904. - see photo for School Leavers 1903 - 1908 Commemorations.
(Richard Phayre's younger brother, C F Phayre, - school leaver 1905, was killed on 27 August 1914 serving with the Royal Munster Fusiliers.)

Captain Clifford Sandford Simpson. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 10 July 1916.
Buried BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY
Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Born February 11th 1891, the son of Mrs Simpson, 31 Westbourne Road, West Kirby, Cheshire. Hall 1905 – 1910 Trinity College, Cambridge Second Lieutenant, 8th Yorkshire Regiment, 9/14. Lieutenant, 11/14. Captain, 2/15. France, 1915. Killed in Action 10/07/16 aged 25 BECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, BECORDEL-BECOURT >
Clifford Simpson left Repton School in 1905. - see photo for School Leavers 1903 - 1908 Commemorations.

Captain John Tilly, M C. 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Tobias Harry and Onora Tilly, of Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool, Durham. Killed 8 June 1918. Aged 31.
Buried BARENTHAL MILITARY CEMETERY
From the book "Marjorie's War" by Reginald and Charles Fair, the following biographical information is provided on Captain Tilly;-
"John Tilly was born at Seaton Carew, Co. Durham, in 1886. In 1905 he entered Pembroke College, Cambridge, to study law and was admitted to the bar in October 1911. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers on 15 September 1914 but was discharged a week later on taking a commission in the 8th Yorkshires on 22 September 1915. He was promoted to Captain on 19 June 1916. He was wounded by a German shell splinter in Munster Alley on 5 August 1916. Captain Tilly's award of the MC was gazetted on 19 November 1917. He died of wounds received during a trench raid in Italy on 8 June 1918."
Notes from Repton School archives;-
" Born June 14th 1886, the son of Mr Tobias Henry and Mrs Onora Tilly, of Seaton Carew, West Hartlepool, Durham. Hall 1900 - 1904 Pembroke College, Cambridge; B.A. 1908 Solicitor Private, Public School Battalion, 9/14. Second Lieutenant, 8th Yorkshire Regiment, 9/14. Lieutenant, 12/14. Captain, 6/16. France, 8/15 - 11/17. Italy, 11/17 - 6/18. Killed in Action 08/06/18 aged 31 BARENTHAL MILITARY CEMETERY, ITALY."
John Tilly left Repton School in 1900. - see photo for School Leavers 1872 - 1903 Commemorations.

Major Richard Hill. 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Richard and Evereld Hill, of Thornton Hall, Thornton-le-Dale; husband of Gertrude Mary Hill, of Thornton-le-Dale. Died at home 17 February 1915. Aged 37.
Buried THORNTON DALE (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD.
Notes from Repton School archives;-
"Hill, Richard. Born November 14th 1877, the son of Richard and Evereld Hill, of Thornton Hall, Thornton-le-Dale; husband of Gertrude Mary Hill, of Thornton-le-Dale. Orchard 1892 – 1897 Gas Engineer, Leeds 1898-1899 Yorkshire Regiment 1900. Captain 1908. J.P. for North Riding Major, 3rd King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Special Reserve. Died of pneumonia at the Northumbrian Casualty Clearing Station, Hartlepool 17/02/15 aged 37".
Richard Hill left Repton School in 1892. - see photo for School Leavers 1872 - 1903 Commemorations.


The First World War Commemorations on the War Memorial at Repton School.The First World War Commemorations on the War Memorial at Repton School.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

The War Memorial at Repton School.The War Memorial at Repton School.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

Names for School Leavers, 1872 - 1903 who lost their lives in the First World War. Names for School Leavers, 1872 - 1903 who lost their lives in the First World War.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

Names for School Leavers, 1903 - 1908 who lost their lives in the First World War.Names for School Leavers, 1903 - 1908 who lost their lives in the First World War.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

Names for School Leavers, 1908 - 1915 who lost their lives in the First World War.Names for School Leavers, 1908 - 1915 who lost their lives in the First World War.
(Photo : Richard Roberts <richard.nsw@googlemail.com>)

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