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Halliday, Charles Graham Rivers (1897-1917)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.


Details: Charles Graham Rivers Halliday (1897-1917), born 28 June 1897 in Shawford, Hampshire, son of Charles George Halliday, a Professor of Music, and Frances Amy Halliday (née Rivers) of The Lawn, Farringdon, Alton, Hampshire, formerly of The Grange, Shawford, Hampshire. Siblings: Gerard Rivers Halliday (1894-1952) and Ronald James Rivers Halliday (1902-1963).


Attended Highfield School, Liphook, Hampshire.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1911-December 1914; scholar; 6th form; 1st XV rugby football team (1914); Company Sergeant-Major in OTC (1914); member of The Sophists (debating society).


Attended Woolwich.


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. Entered Woolwich in December 1914; transferred to Chatham in July 1915. Went to France in February 1916, to 1st Field Squadron, R.E., attached to 1st Cavalry Division; was transferred to 225th Field Company, R.E., on 1 June 1917. Killed in action at Ypres on 13 June 1917, aged 19.


Commemorated at:

Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, III. A. 17,%20C%... The inscription on his headstone reads: ‘UPRIGHT IN ALL HIS WAYS. HONOURED BY ALL. TILL THE DAY BREAK. THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY’


Farringdon church, Hampshire


Also commemorated at Sherborne School:

School War Memorial Staircase.

School Book of Remembrance.

No.31 memorial pew in the School chapel.

Lyon House roll of honour.

'Halliday' dormitory at Lyon House was named in his memory.

The Halliday Cup (for Piano and Musicianship) was presented to Sherborne School by Ronald James Rivers Halliday (1894-1952) in memory of his brother, Charles Graham Rivers Halliday (1897-1917). The Halliday Cup was first awarded in 1925, when it was won by George Weldon


Lyon House letter, 29 June 1917: 'C.G. Halliday (R.E.) was killed in action "in front of the very front line" on June 13th. He was one of the "builders" of the House, a tower of strength when it was in the making and a great friend. He died as he would have wished, for he was every inch a soldier and a man. No.2 Dormitory will be called after him, that members of the House may learn and remember the qualities that helped him to help the House so much.'

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