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Poore, Roger Alvin (1870-1917)

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


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Details: Roger Alvin Poore (1870-1917), born 8 July 1870 at Bath, Somerset, third son of Major Robert Poore (8th Hussars) and Juliana Benita Poore (nee Lowry-Corry) of Old Lodge House, Nether Wallop, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

Siblings: Louisa Benita Poore; Robert Montague Poore; Anna Maria Poore; Mark Saurin Poore; Philip Poore (1874-1937); Nina Mary Benita Poore, Duchess of Hamilton (1878-1951).

Married Lorne Margery Poore (nee Dennistoun) of Fernyhurst, Rownhams, Hampshire, and they had two children: of Lorne Heather Dennistoun Poore and Roger Dennistoun Poore.


Attended a preparatory school in Warminster.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) May 1885-1889; 6th form; 1st XI cricket team 1889; 1st XV rugby football team 1887, 1888; Public School Boxing 1888, 1889.


Attended Hertford College, Oxford.


Served 24 years in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry before being transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Served all through the South African War with the Yorkshire Light Infantry (Mounted Infantry), was mentioned in despatches and awarded the DSO, and held the Queen's medal with seven clasps.


WW1, Major in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry (Prince of Wales's Own Royal Regiment) (T.F). Appointed to Command of 1/1st Bn., Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in January 1915; appointed 2nd in Command 2nd Bn. Royal Welch Fusiliers, and later in Command. Mentioned in despatches (20 May 1918). Killed at Polygon Wood on the afternoon of 26 September 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele, while in conversation with 2nd Lieutenant Randal Alexander Casson and 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Forbes Campbell Colquhoun, when a German shell burst amongst them. They were buried beside each other


Commemorated at:

Poelcapelle British Cemetery, LV. F. 11,%20ROGER...

Personal inscription on headstone: 'FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH'.


Hertford College Chapel First World War Memorial.


Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire.


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


Obituary, The Shirburnian, November 1917: 'MAJOR ROGER ALVIN POORE, D.S.0., Royal Welsh Fusiliers, who was killed while in command of his battalion on September 26th, aged 47 years, was the third son of Major Poore, late 8th Hussars, and Mrs Poore, of Old Lodge, Salisbury. He served 24 years in the Royal Wilts Yeomanry before being transferred to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. He served all through the South African war with the Yorkshire Light Infantry (Mounted Infantry), was mentioned in despatches and awarded the D.S.O., and held the Queen's medal with seven clasps. The colonel writing to Mrs Poore, said: 'There is one thing that you will hear with pride, and that is that the battalion under your husband's command behaved most gallantly in the action and has covered itself with glory. Your husband had endeared himself to everybody in the battalion, and his loss will be most acutely felt. He had helped and supported me most loyally; indeed, I do not know how I will get on without his wise advice. He was one of the most gallant gentlemen I have ever met.' Major Poore was at Sherborne from 1885 to 1889'.


Lieutenant R.A. Poore's papers are held at the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London:

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