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Wells, Ewart Linley

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Surname(s)Wells
First name(s)Ewart Linley
Date of birth1884
Place of birthBedford
Family detailsSon of Arthur Wells FRIBA, 20 Cornwallis Gardens, Hastings, England
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dept / courseClassics
QualificationsBA (Hons), 1905 -
Military unitWellington Battalion, NZEF
Service number10/2029
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
Decorations / medals1914-1915 Star: British War Medal: Victory Medal; Gallipoli Medallion.
Date of death8th August 1915
Age at death31
Rank at death2nd Lieutenant
Place of deathGallipoli in the Battle for Sari Bair at Chunuk Bair
Commemoration(s)King's College Chapel; Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial
NotesWas Assistant Master in the Wanganui Collegiate School, NZ. Died of Wounds. First name also seen as "Ernest"
Came from England to Wanganui as a master in May 1914, and was appointed tutor of Hadfield House in succession to Mr Hodges. In the short space of two terms he established himself firmly in the life and affections of the school. He at once interested himself in the Cadet Corps and the workshop, was captain of No.6 Coy., and given a commission in the N.Z. Territorials. He planned and supervised the building of the cricket shed, which in its unpretentious usefulness stands as a symbol of his own character. In the class-room, he inspired as well as taught, out of it his kindliness and sincerity earned one of those whose presence enriches the community they serve, and it was with sense of vital loss that we heard that he would not return to us again. He accompanied the 4th Reinforcements, and spent only four days in Egypt before sailing for Gallipoli. He died from wounds received at Chunuk Bair on the morning of August 8th, his company commander, a distinguished old boy of the school, referring to him a "a very gallant soldier who had shown himself just what an officer ought to be.
Thank you to Richard Bourne of the Wanganui Collegiate School Museum for this information.
Cadet Corps (Hertford Grammar School), attached to the 1st (Hertfordshire) Volunteer Battalion,The Bedfordshire Regiment; Ewart Linley Wells, Gentleman, to be Second Lieutenant.
Dated 18th July, 1906. London Gazette July 17th 1906
SourcesKing's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; www.anzacs.org/ : /muse.aucklandmuseum.com/; http://pages.quicksilver.net.nz/l.rwilloughby/WWISoldierInformation/wellsewartlinley.htm; London Gazette

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