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King, Edward Westcott (1880-1918)

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: Edward Westcott King (1880-1918), born 25 December 1880, eldest son of the Rev. Edward George King, D.D. (rector of Gayton, Northampton) and Mary King (nee Westcott) of Gayton Rectory, Blisworth, Northamptonshire.

Brother of Cyril Henry Marshall King (1893-1916)

Grandson of Bishop Westcott of Durham.

Nephew of Archdeacon Frederick Brooke Westcott (Headmaster of Sherborne School 1892-1909).

Husband of Edith Mary King (nee Boulton), of Westwood, Guernsey, and had two daughters, Diana Mary Margaret Westcott King and Daphne Helen King.


Attended Mr Goodchild's school, Cambridge.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1893-August 1899; 1st XV rugby football team 1898; 1st XI cricket team 1899; represented the School at the Public Schools boxing contests.


Attended St Thomas's Hospital to study medicine.


South African War 1900.


Went to Ceylon to plant tea, and then to F.M.S., where he obtained an important post as manager of rubber estates at Kuala Lumpur. While there he served as a volunteer in the M.S.V.K., and received a commission.


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. Returned from F.M.S. to join up in August 1917. Trained as a cadet at Weedon for the R.F.A. Went to France in April 1918. Died on 20 October 1918 having been wounded near Cambrai the previous day.


Commemorated at:

Awoingt British Cemetery, I. A. 2


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary in The Western Gazette, 1 November 1918: 'Second Lieutenant Edward Westcott King, R.F.A., who died of wounds on October 20th, was the oldest son of the Rev. E.G. King, D.D., rector of Gayton, Northampton, grandson of the late Bishop Westcott, of Durham, and nephew of the late Canon Westcott, formerly headmaster of Sherborne School. He was born in 1880, educated at Mr Goodchild's School at Cambridge, and at Sherborne, where he played Rugby football and cricket for his school, and also represented the school at the Public Schools boxing. He went to St Thomas's Hospital to study medicine, but on the outbreak of the Boer war he at once joined the Dorset Yeomanry, though under military age, and went to South Africa. A year later he received a commission on the Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry. After peace was declared he returned to England and went out to Ceylon to plant tea, and from thence to the F.M.S., where he obtained an important post as manager of rubber estates at Kuala Lumper. While there he served as a volunteer in the M.S.V.K., and received a commission. When the present war broke out he wished to return home and fight, but was refused permission. This difficulty was at last overcome, and he returned to England in August, 1917, was trained as a cadet at Weedon for the R.F.A., went to France last April, and was seriously wounded on October 19th, and died the following day. He married, in November 1909, Edith, eldest daughter of the late A.G. Boulton, and of Mrs Boulton, of Oakwood Court, Kensington, and leaves a widow and two daughters.'

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