King's College London
War Memorials

Tovey, Duncan

The death occurred on Sunday at the Old Post House, Worplesdon, of Second Lieutenant Duncan Tovey, aged 46. Mr. Tovey who had been invalided out of the army for some months, was one of the early members of the London Scottish Territorials, in which, when war broke out, he was a sergeant. He went to the front and was wounded early in the war. His injuries proved serious, and recently his condition became much worse. Before he was discharged he was granted a commission.

Second Lieutenant Tovey who was the son of the late rector of Worplesdon and brother of the Reid Professor of Music in Edinburgh University was a popular writer of military songs, and at one time a member of Mr. Penley's Charley's Aunt Company at the Old Globe Theatre. His last appearance professionally was in The Pearl Girl at the Shaftesbury Theatre. He had gained a wide knowledge of military subjects, and was an occasional contributor to the Press. He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter. The Times 09 May 1918


First name(s)Duncan
Date of birth1862
Place of birthWitney District
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at collegeMichaelmas 1888-
Dept / courseGeneral Literature and Science
Military unitNational Rifle Association School of Musketry; London Scottish Regt
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Date of death5 May 1918
Age at death46
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of deathThe Old Post House, Worpledon
Burial placeWorplesdon (St Mary) Churchyard
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel
NotesHome Address - The Old Post House, Worplesdon, Guildford, Surrey
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; The Times

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