King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Felton, Hubert Ratcliffe

Second Lieutenant ▪ 7th Worcestershire Regiment

Hubert Ratcliffe Felton, born on 10th December 1897, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1911. His father, Walter, was a Clerk of the Holy Orders, and his mother was already deceased by the time of the 1911 Census. The family, including Hubert’s younger sister, Margaret, lived at St John’s Vicarage, Walsall.

There is very little in the School records about Hubert, other than an appearance in the School Lists which suggests that he held his own academically.

Hubert enlisted as a Private Soldier in the South Staffordshire Regiment in December 1915, and soon gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 7th Worcestershire Regiment. He went to France in September 1917. On 9th October 1917, he was reported missing while leading his platoon in the attack on Passchendaele. He was wounded in an open area where a shellfire bombardment soon erupted, and was presumed to have been killed in the onslaught. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.