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Hart, Arthur Reginald

Sub-Lieut. Arthur Reginald Hart. We regret that though Sub. Lieut. Hart was killed in action on the 13th November, 1916, no notice of his death has yet appeared, as the news did not reach us till after the last issue of the Review had gone to print. The news of Hart's death will come as a blow to the many who remember him and the number must be large for he was President of the Union Society when at King's. He was attached to the Hood Battalion of the R.N.D. and fell while leading his men into action near Beaucourt during the battle of the Ancre. All his fellow officers unite in speaking in the highest terms of the gallantry which cost him his life. One writes- "What a glorious lead he gave his men! - he went out with the first wave in the early morning and was well into the German lines before he was hit. Our men do not say much in our hearing about their officers but numbers have given vent to their sorrow in losing Mr. Hart ....... Our mess has lost its most brilliant member; no matter where we were situated, in muddy trenches, muddy camps or ruined villages, he was always ready to cheer up anyone who was depressed." Another tells how "his last words were 'I'm hit, carry on' " and the wound was apparently fatal. The sentiments that are uppermost in all that we have read from Hart's friends are appreciation of his gallantry, and sorrow that what promised to be a great career should have been abruptly terminated at its outset. King's College Review, June 1917

Biographical

Surname(s)Hart
First name(s)Arthur Reginald
Date of birth26 July 1891
Family detailsSon of Mr and Mrs H.A.Hart of Pit House, Albury, Surrey
Previous educationChrist's Hospital
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseFaculty of Medical Science
Military unitRoyal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hood Bn. R.N. Division
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death13 November 1916
Age at death25
Rank at deathSub-Lieutenant
Place of deathnear Beaucourt
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeAncre British Cemetery, Beaumont, Hamel
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
NotesClassical. Grecians Christ's Hospital, subsequently took high honours at London University. First Arts Scholarship at Westminister Hospital in 1910
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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