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Alice Hargreaves’s (née Alice Liddell) sons in the Great War

Postby Cheshire Dodo » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:47 am

Alice Liddell married Reginald Gervis Hargreaves (who had been a Christ Church student) on the 15 September 1880 in Westminster Abbey, London. The had three sons who were:

Alan Knyveton Hargreaves (1881-1915)
Leopold Reginald "Rex" Hargreaves (1883-1916)
Caryl Liddell Hargreaves (1887-1955)

All three served in the British army during the Great War (World War I)

Alan and Leopold were killed during the war, and their names are on the War Memorial at Lyndhurst in Hampshire. Alice and Reginald lived at Cuffnells, a nearby estate.
http://www.ipernity.com/doc/286273/24473901

Reginald was a “Gentlemen Cricketer”, both he, and his sons playing for the Marylebone Cricket Club (M.C.C.). The Lords Cricket Ground website, has a record of its members who were killed in the war:(Scroll down until you reach Hargreaves entries)
http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Middlesex/LordsWW1.html


For those who are unfamiliar with the regiments and decorations of the British Army, I have placed several relevant links at the end of each entry.

This entry has been broken down into several sections, due to its length.

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Re: Alice Hargreaves’s (née Alice Liddell) sons in the Great War

Postby Cheshire Dodo » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:48 am

CAPTAIN ALAN HARGREAVES

Alan attended Eton school, and then entered Sandhurst Military Academy. He was commissioned in the Rifle Brigade Regiment, and had served in the 1899-1902 Boer War.
He served in France from September 1914.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service order early in 1915, and was killed on the Western Front on 9 May 1915 at Aubers Ridge in a battle at Rouge Bancs.
The fighting was on an intense level, even by the standards of the Great War, as a description can be found here:

Great War Forum, “Alice in Wonderland's Sons” entry:
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forum ... ent-210057

The website also has a photograph of Alan taken in April 1915, a few weeks before his death:
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forum ... nt=2102863

He was buried at the Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix in France.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website:
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casu ... -knyveton/


British Army Reference sites:

The Rifle Brigade
Regimental history site: http://www.greenjackets-net.org.uk/rb/index.html
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rifle_Bri ... t%27s_Own)

Distinguished Service Order
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distingui ... vice_Order

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Re: Alice Hargreaves’s (née Alice Liddell) sons in the Great War

Postby Cheshire Dodo » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:48 am

CAPTAIN LEOPOLD HARGREAVES

“Rex” (as he was known as) also attended Eton School, and later Christ Church in Oxford, he was in Canada when the Great War broke out.
He joined the army on 15 August 1914, and was commissioned into the Irish Guards. He was in France by November 1914.
He was wounded in August 1915, and was invalided back home. He returned to France later in November 1915. He had also been awarded the Military Cross:

Great War Forum, “Alice in Wonderland's Sons” entry:
http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forum ... ent=209851

Leopold was killed on 25 September 1916, he had been wounded in an attack on Lesbeoufs (part of the fighting during the Somme campaign of 1916), but died whilst being evacuated.
He was buried at Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casu ... -reginald/


British Army Reference sites:

Irish Guards
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Guards

Military Cross
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Cross

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Re: Alice Hargreaves’s (née Alice Liddell) sons in the Great War

Postby Cheshire Dodo » Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:49 am

CAPTAIN CARYL HARGREAVES

Carlyl survived the war, and because he does not appear on any memorial website, information about has been scarce.

He was commissioned into the Scots Guards, and served in the Intelligence Corps during 1916, before being transferred to the General staff. He was Mentioned in Despatches three times, and was promoted to Captain.

This is all the information I have found and this only came to light when I discovered a record of his medals being sold at auction in 2001 (That they sold for nearly twice the estimate, could be an indication of their “Alice” connection):
https://www.dnw.co.uk/auction-archive/l ... t_id=71840


British Army Reference sites:

Scots Guards
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scots_Guards

Mention in Despatches
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mentioned_in_dispatches


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