King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Herbert, Edward Grafton

Captain ▪ Machine Gun Corps, Royal Warwickshire Regiment

Edward Grafton Herbert, born on 22nd June 1894, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1906, and was awarded a Foundation Scholarship in 1907 and 1909. Edward was the only son of Art, a manufacturer, and Lillian. The 1911 Census reveals that Lillian was the head of the family, with no mention of Art, and that Lillian was caring for her son and two young daughters alone. At this time Edward was an apprentice brassfounder.

At School, Edward was a gifted linguist and a regular competitor in the school gymnastics competition.

Edward enlisted as a Trooper in the Warwickshire Yeomanry in August 1914. By 1915, he had gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and in November 1916 was attached as a Lieutenant to the Machine Gun Corps and sent to France. In January 1917, he was wounded and subsequently promoted to Captain. In February 1918, he was thanked in divisional dispatches, and on 9th April 1918, was killed in action in French Flanders, aged twenty-three. He was later awarded the Military Cross, gazetted in September, for “most gallant behaviour through the whole battle…[he] displayed marked gallantry and leadership.” Edward is buried in Croix-du-Bac British Cemetery, French Flanders.