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Dudley William Lamb

Rank: Lieutenant

Lifetime: 1893-1918

Lamb

Kingston Grammar School's Roll of Honour on which the name of "D W Lamb" appears

Lieutenant Dudley William Lamb of the London Regiment died on 22 March 1918. He has no known grave and so is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He was a casualty of the second day of the final German offensive launched in Spring 1918.

He was the eldest son of William Comley Lamb, the Company Secretary of the Hampton Court Gas Co, who had been born in c1863 in Kingston and Louisa Elizabeth Lamb born in 1866 also in Kingston. He had two younger brothers, Maurice Comley Lamb (born 1896) and Geoffrey Holland Lamb (born 1897). All the children were born in Hampton Wick. The family lived from 1895 until 1930 in Cedar House (2 Sandy Lane) Hampton Wick close to the gas works where Mr Lamb was employed. His father was listed in Kelly’s Directory of Middlesex as a member in 1914 of the Hampton Wick Urban District Council from which he retired in 1917.

He attended Kingston Grammar School (“KGS”) from 1907 until 1908 where he is also commemorated on their War Memorial and where he was described as being of “high character” and he “did good work”. He obviously enjoyed his time at KGS attending the annual dinner of Old Kingstonians in the Sun Hotel at Kingston on 10 December 1910. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was aged 18 and working as a clerk to the Board of Guardians.

According to anecdotal comments apparently given to KGS by a family member, he joined as a Private in the 14th Reserve Battalion of the London Rifles (3745) possibly in 1914. A supplement to the London Gazette dated 5 January 1916 reported the granting of a commission to Private Dudley William Lamb whereby he was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant on 31 December 1915. Then according to the family record, he transferred temporarily to the Royal Flying Corps from 21 February 1917 until 31 July 1917 when he was transferred back to the 8th Battalion of the London Regiment.

According to a Missing Notice in The Surrey Comet dated 10 April 1918,he was reported missing sometime between 22 and 23 March 1918. The War Office eventually decided in 1919 that he had died on 22 March 1918 and as he had been paid in advance until 31st March it then demanded £5 and 5 shillings should be repaid. The family was, not unsurprisingly, upset about this callous treatment. Although he had not written a will, he left a sizeable estate for a twenty-five year old worth Eight Hundred and Thirty Two pounds, fourteen shillings and threepence!

His younger brother, Lance Corporal Maurice Comley Lamb, aged 21, of the Honourable Artillery Company who was also an old boy of Kingston Grammar School and a prominent hockey player had already been severely wounded in France. According to a report in The Surrey Comet dated 25 May 1917, both of his legs and his left hand were injured by a bomb in 1917. He was sent home to England to recover in a hospital in Aldershot.

The first phase of this Project is to gather information about the men commemorated on the Hampton Wick War Memorial who fought in the Great War, also known as World War I, WWI or the First World War.

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