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Lillington, Conrad Ivan

He was a keen Association footballer, a clever amateur billiard player and a consistent golfer. He was destined for the legal profession and was articled first to his father, who is a Solicitor, and subsequently to Mr. G. Calder Woods of London. He passed the Intermediate LL.B. and the Law (Solicitors') Final, when war was declared. "Then" (as one has said of him) "he did what one would expect of him - counted prospects and career as nothing in the face of his Country's need and, waiting not for the Commission, which would have meant delay, was both proud and happy to join the 4th Somersets as a Ranker. He enlisted on August 22nd, 1914; on October 7th, 1914 he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th Volunteer Battalion (Prince Albert's) Somerset Light Infantry and two days later sailed with his Battalion for India. He served in India at Madras, Jullundur, Amritsar, Peshawar and Nowshera and sailed for Karachi for the Persian Gulf, on February 16th, 1916. He died for England, at Es Sinn, in Mesopotamia, on March 8th, 1916. His Colonel (Lieut.Col. W.C. Cox) wrote that he was killed "while he was gallantly advancing with his Company to the attack of a position." A brother officer wrote of him: "We all admired him for his unselfishness and the conscientious way he carried out his smallest duty. He died most gallantly, close up to the enemy's position. I had learnt to appreciate thoroughly his simple generosity, his hatred of anything mean or shallow and his intense desire to live his life well." Other young officers and close personal friends have written: "He led the finest, cleanest life possible"; "I seem to remember so vividly now even the smallest details in connection with our friendship and they are all so clean and pure"; "Such a fine, healthy pure-living type of boy"; "He has died as he lived, doing his duty as an Englishman and a Christian gentleman"; "A lad of ten thousand, a true gentleman, a lovable, loyal friend and a pattern son"; A Major in the Indian Army, who knew him well, wrote: "We shall meet again someday; meanwhile a very gallant gentleman has passed me on the road." The Western Mercury and Somersetshire Herald, in the course of an appreciation, declared: "Absolutely modest and unaffected, he replied to the congratulations of a friend (after receiving his Commission) with the characteristic remark: 'I am nothing of a soldier, but I will make myself one, if I can' - and he made as good a one as ever wore His Sovereign's uniform. It is his shroud now - the noblest Englishman can wear." His last words written to his mother, written four days before he made the supreme sacrifice were: "Please do not worry, mother dearest, as I am in God's hands."

He is in "God's hands" still; for "his Spirit has returned too God, who gave it." Blessed be his memory - and for ever blessed. "Let Light perpetual shine upon him!" King's College Review, June 1916

Biographical

Surname(s)Lillington
First name(s)Conrad Ivan
Date of birth12 March 1892
Place of birthWeston-super-Mare
Family detailsOnly son of Mr Wadsworth Burrow Lillington (Solicitor) and Mrs Elsie Clara Lillington (nee Miles)
Previous educationSt. Peter's School, Weston-super-Mare; Clifton College
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1913-1914
Dept / courseFaculty of Laws
QualificationsIntermediate L.L.B and the Law (Solicitors') Final July 1914
Military unitSomerset Light Infantry, 1st/4th Battalion
Date enlisted22 August 1914. Gazetted 7 October 1914
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsIndia - Madras, Jollundur, Amritsar, Peshawar, Noushera. Sailed from Karachi to Persian Gulf 16 February 1916. Mesopotamia,
Date of death8 March 1916
Age at death23
Rank at death2nd Lieutenant
Place of deathMesopotamia - Relief of Kuts at Es Sinn
Cause of deathKilled in action
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Basra Memorial; Roll of Honour commenorating all who died in Iraq in 2 world wars.
NotesHe was in Clifton College Cadet Corps and OTC. Shot for Clifton College at Bisley.
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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