King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Boyton, Victor Henry Thompson

Second Lieutenant ▪ 289th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Victor Henry Thompson Boyton, born on 13th April 1897, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1910 as a Foundation Scholar. He lived at Bank House, Horsefair, Birmingham, the only son of mother, Fanny, and father, Charles, a bank manager.

Victor had an illustrious School career: he was a Prefect, Cricket Captain (with Full Colours), Fives Captain, and a Lance Corporal in the Officer Training Corps. He gained a mathematical scholarship at Peterhouse, Cambridge, in addition to a City of Birmingham major scholarship and one from King Edward’s School, but these he never used, preferring to enter the army.

Victor enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Cadet straight after leaving School in 1916. By November, he had gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 289th Siege Battery. He was killed in action in France on 30th May 1917, aged twenty, and is buried in Vlamertinghe Cemetery, Ypres.