King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Coke, Langton Sacheverell

Lieutenant ▪ Irish Guards

Langton Sacheverell Coke, born in South Africa on 25th January 1878, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1893. His father, William, was a Colonel in the 4th Light Dragoons as well as an engineer in the Government Railway Department, Cape of Good Hope. While Langton was at School, the family lived at 11, Manor Road, Edgbaston. The family seat was Brookhill Hall, Alfreton, Derby. Langton’s brother, Jacynth d’Ewes Fitz-Ercaldat Clayton, also an Old Edwardian, served with the Army Service Corps, reaching the rank of Temporary Colonel and winning the Croix de Chevalier.

Langton stayed at KES for a very short time and there is little in the records about his activities at School. In November 1908, he married Dorothy Maye, daughter of Captain George Huntingford of the Royal Navy, and had two children, Roger and Elizabeth. The 1911 Census reveals that Langton and his family were residing at Albert Hall Mansions, South West London, where he was Secretary to the Committee on the Amalgamation of Customs & Excise.

Langton served for a time with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, joining the Irish Guards in 1901. He subsequently served for two years with the Egyptian Army, and retired in 1908, joining the Special Reserve. On the outbreak of war, he rejoined his old regiment, the Irish Guards, and served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders from 11st September 1914. He was killed in action at Klein Zillebeke, near Ypres, on 31st October 1914, and is commemorated on the Menin Gate.