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Captain Cecil Herbert Wyndham BODINGTON
John Hamblin very kindly sent me the following text which is
from the war memorial at the King’s
School in Canterbury.
Captain Cecil Herbert Wyndham BODINGTON was temporarily appointed Captain
in No 4 Company, Household Battalion.
He was killed in action on the 11th of April 1917 aged 37.
He was born on the 20th of November 1880 the son of Herbert James and
Louisa Augusta Bodington of Upton Grey, Hampshire, and the husband of
Lilias May Bodington (nee Somerville).
He was educated at Charterhouse Junior School and the King’s School, Canterbury, from 1896 to 1899 entering with a junior scholarship and gaining a senior scholarship in 1897. Appointed a school monitor in September 1897 he played First XV Rugby for two seasons and First XI Cricket for four seasons being Captain for two of those.
After King’s he went to Peterhouse College, Cambridge, on an open classical scholarship. He then became a master at Elstree and Stanmore Preparatory Schools also playing cricket for Hampshire.
He was married to Lilias May (nee Somerville).
formed on September 1st 1916 from a surplus of men who had joined the
Household cavalry and were formed into an infantry battalion. Captain
Bodington had been in the Royal
Horse Guards and
was given command of Number 4 Company. The Battalion arrived in France
on the 8th and 9th of November 1916. On the 2nd of February 1917 Captain
Bodington was admitted to hospital.
On the 9th of April 1917 the Battle of Arras began and the Household Battalion was to attack on the 11th in support of the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders at Roeux.
The Seaforths advanced at noon having endured a German artillery barrage
while waiting to go over the top having been spotted by a German aircraft.
10 minutes later the Household Battalion followed them with Number 4
Company on the left of the battalion. As they advanced from the Hyderabad
Redoubt Captain Bodington was killed by machine gun fire and the two
leading platoons of his company were “practically destroyed”.
The attack faltered as the other companies suffered terrible casualties.
Number 3 Company under Captain Pelly made some ground and he was ordered
to consolidate this but otherwise the attack was a failure. Casualties
were 3 officers and 36 other ranks killed with 1 officer and 124 other
ranks wounded and 6 missing.
Captain Bodington’s body was never found and he is commemorated
on the Arras
the Missing; Bay 1, and also on the Upton Grey (Hampshire) Memorial.
War Graves Commission record.