First World War Roll of Honour

Guy Harold Corke was born in Ayr on 23rd January 1890, the son of Benjamin and Margaret Corke. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School in Croydon before matriculating in 1909 at Downing College studying Natural Sciences. He was a good Rugby football player, representing the College, as well as Surrey, and being tried several times for the University. A collection of sports photographs recently donated to the College included several Rugby team photographs including Corke (as well as several other team members whose names, sadly, also feature on the College’s war memorial).

After graduating in 1912, he received an appointment in Penang, but returned immediately on the outbreak of war in 1914 to join the Army. He received a commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers, and went to the front in October, 1915. 2nd Lieutenant Corke served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders and was killed in action north of Delville Wood on 17th September 1916. His Commanding Officer wrote: “Lieut. Corke was a most efficient and conscientious officer. He had been bombing officer to this battalion since Feb. last and had brought his men into a high state of efficiency. On 3 July he did most conspicuous work, and was recommended by my predecessor in command for special reward. I trust his name will be mentioned in the next half-yearly Despatch.” He was mentioned in despatches in June 1916 for gallant and distinguished service in the field.

He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval.

Sources:

The Griffin, Michaelmas 1916

De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour, 1914-1919