Sayres, Alexander Ward Fortescue (1867-1917)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Alexander Ward Fortescue Sayres (1867-1917), born 29 June 1867, son of Rev. Edward Sayres of Cold Ashton Rectory, Gloucestershire; husband of Bertha Sayres of 4, Marlborough Terrace, Bovey Tracey, Devon, formerly of Fern Bank, Hartley, Plymouth.
Attended Somerset College, Bath, and [?Burgoye] House, Southsea.
Attended Sherborne School (Price's house) September 1881-July 1884.
Attended St Thomas's Hospital; M.R.C.S. Eng., L.R.C.P. (London) 1890; M.D. (Brussels) 1896; D.P.H. (London).
Practised at Wincanton, Woodford Green, Essex, and Exeter, and was Tuberculosis Officer to the Stonehouse District of the Devon County Council.
WW1, Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps (T.F.). Was in Camp on out-break of war and volunteering for foreign service went to France as Major of 1st Wessex Field Ambulance (later called 24th) on 5 November 1914; made Lieutenant-Colonel in January 1916, in command of 2/1st Wessex; mentioned in despatches. Severely wounded by a shell in the trenches on 17 July 1917 and died of his wounds on 10 October 1917.
Abbeville Communal Cemetery, III. C. 28 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/79388/SAYRES,%20ALEXA...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, November 1917: 'LIEUT.-COL. ALEXANDER WARD FORTESCUE SAYRES, R.A.M.C., of Fern Bank, Hartley, Plymouth (died on October 10th of wounds received on July 17th), was an M.D. (Brussels), and M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. (London), and D.P.H. (London). He was born in 1867, son of the Rev. Edward Sayres, Rector of Cold Ashton, near Bath, and was educated at Sherborne, afterwards studying medicine at St. Thomas's Hospital. Colonel Sayres had practised at Wincanton, Woodford (Essex), and Exeter, and he was Tuberculosis Officer to the Stonehouse District of the Devon County Council. He had served with distinction in the war.'