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Montesole, Herbert Sarif Roy

Lieut. R.S.H. Montesole of the 2nd Royal Sussex Regiment was killed in action on the night of May 16th-17th opposite Fromelles. He was an engineering student of the College and obtained his degree in July last. Besides his many other interests he was a most energetic Sergeant in "B" Company of the O.T.C., and gave very early promise of becoming an efficient officer being naturally cool and courageous. He came home from the Front about March on short leave and in describing some of his experiences said that he was considered by his men to be one of the "lucky ones." One can imagine how often Death approached before such a title was earned - and who shall say that his luck deserted him at the end for

"How can man die better

Than facing fearful odds,

For the ashes of his fathers

And the temples of his Gods?"

King's College Review June 1915


Mr. Montesole one of last Year's students has been home from the front on short leave. He is in very good health and seems to have been spending his leisure very profitably and successfully in sniping.

King's College Review March 1915


First name(s)Herbert Sarif Roy
Date of birth1893
Place of birthEdmonton District
Family detailsSon of Max and Emma Montesole, 270 Wightman Road, Hornsey
Previous educationStationers Company School and Camden Secondary School
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1911-1914
Dept / courseFaculty of Engineering
QualificationsB.Sc.1914 and A M I C E
Military unit2nd Royal Sussex Regiment, Yorkshire Regiment 2nd Bn
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders November 1914 to May 1915
Date of death15 or 16 May 1915
Age at death22
Rank at deathLieutenant
Cause of deathKilled in action
Burial placeGuards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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