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Vizard, Harold Talbot (1896-1918)

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: Harold Talbot Vizard (1896-1918), born 21 February 1896 at Sherborne, Dorset, only son of Captain William Vizard (1866-18 July 1911) (Old Shirburnian: Harper House 1880-1883. Land agent in South Wales & Dorset) and Hilda Margaret Vizard (née Leatham) (died 1 January 1955)of Stavordale Priory, Wincanton, Somerset, formerly of Raleigh Lodge, Castleton, Sherborne, Dorset. His sister, Ethel Vizard (died 11 December 1932) married George Havelock-Sutton and their son, Flight-Sergeant Nigel Henry Vizard Havelock-Sutton (1921-1944) was killed in action over the Bay of Biscay on 12 April 1944 www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/9412190745/...

 

Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (day boy and Abbey House) September 1910-October 1914; 1st XV rugby football team 1914.

 

WW1, Captain in the Royal Field Artillery, 15th Division (Scottish). Given a commission in October 1914 and since July 1915 had been in all the chief campaigns with the 15th Scottish Division, during which period he was five times mentioned in despatches. In April 1915 he won the Military Cross, and in November 1916 he was gazetted to the Regular Army. In January 1917 he won a bar to his MC, and a second bar in October 1917. In April 1918 he was slightly wounded, but did not leave his battery, and was shortly after promoted captain. Killed near Arras by a bomb splinter on 1 September 1918.

 

Commemorated at:

Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, VII. E. 55 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/575239/VIZARD,%20H%20T

 

Sherborne town war memorial.

 

Castleton Church, Dorset: location of Vizard's battlefield cross www.flickr.com/photos/13706945@N00/9419075756/.

 

Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey house roll of honour.

 

1st Bar Citation, 24 November 1916: ‘For conspicuous gallantry in action. He reorganised some men and led them forward in a bombing attack, displaying great courage at a critical time.’

 

2nd Bar Citation, 8 January 1918: ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when liaison officer with an infantry battalion. Hearing cries for help coming from a derelict tank, he accompanied the medical officer through very heavy barrage and concentrated machine-gun fire and, having found a badly wounded Highlander, they dressed his wounds and carried him into a place of safety amidst a hail of shell and machine-gun fire. No praise can be too great for this splendid act of fearlessness and devotion.’

 

Obituary, The Shirburnian, November 1918: ‘CAPT. HAROLD TALBOT VIZARD, M.C. (two bars), R.F.A., killed in action on September 1st, was the only son of the late Capt. W. and Mrs Vizard, of Raleigh Lodge, Sherborne. Born in 1896 he entered the School as a day boy, attached to Mr Carey’s House, in 1910. His last term he was in the XV, but was given a commission in October 1914, and since July 1915, he had been in all the chief campaigns with the 15th Scottish Division, during which period he was five times mentioned in dispatches. In April 1915, he won the Military Cross, and in November 1916, he was gazetted to the Regular Army. In January he won a bar to his M.C., and a second bar in October 1917. Last April he was slightly wounded, but did not leave his battery, and was shortly after promoted captain.’

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