Lieutenant H R C Tudway

Lieutenant Hervey Robert Charles Tudway, 2nd Battalion Grenadier Guards, died in hospital at Boulogne on the 18th November, 1914, from a head wound received in action at Ypres on the 9th of that month. Lieutenant Tudway was born on the 23rd September, 1888, at 17, Lower Berkeley Street, London. He was the eldest son of Charles Clement Tudway, of Wells, by his second marriage with Alice, daughter of the late Sir Frederick Hervey Bathurst, 3rd Baronet, whose ancestor, the Hon. Felton Hervey, eighth son of the first Earl of Bristol, fought at Waterloo and lost one arm there. Lieutenant Tudway's grandfather, uncle, and cousin on the maternal side all served in the Grenadier Guards. Hervey Tudway was educated at Evelyns and Eton, where he won the School Fives in 1907, was captain of his house, in the Sixth Form, and a member of the Eton Society.

He received his commission in the Grenadier Guards in February, 1910, becoming Lieutenant in September of the same year, and served with his Regiment till the summer of 1914, when he was appointed ADC to Viscount Buxton, Governor-General of South Africa, and arrived there to find that war had broken out. He at once resigned his appointment and returned to England, and had hardly arrived when he received orders to rejoin his Regiment at the front.

Lieutenant Tudway was a member of the Guards' and Pratt's Clubs, and of I Zingari and the M.C.C. At Eton he was noted for his cheery and charming manners. He was a good cricketer and an excellent shot, and became very popular with his brother officers and in society. At the Wells County Petty Sessions after his death the Chairman, Colonel Alfred Thrale Perkins, paid a touching tribute to the young officer, and a brass tablet has been fixed in the wall of the north choir aisle in Wells Cathedral to his memory.

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