2nd Lt Guy Gifford Oliver (2745) attended College from 1894 to 1900 playing rugby and cricket.


EC              121            16*            St Martins            130-9

EC              98              8               T H Knight           129

EC              189            3               Vic Coll                55     & 31

He went to Sandhurst in 1902 and passed out 1st with honours. In 1903 he became a 2nd Lieutenant unattached for Indian Army, Lieutenant 1904. In 1903 – 04 he was in Operations in the Aden hinterland and in 1912 Appointed to 102nd (Now 4th) Bombay Grenadiers (King Edward’s Own Grenadiers). He was in Muscat until 1915. In June he took part in resisting a night attack by some 8000 tribesmen. He died on 21 January 1916 killed in action in Mesopotamia while gallantly trying to save an Indian Officer in which he was successful though he lost his own life, aged 32. He was Mentioned in Despatches twice.

Capt Ernest Charles Purchas (3172) was born in Rondebosch near Cape Town in 1891. He played cricket for Elizabeth College from 1908-10 and was also the Senior Sports Champion in 1909-10 having won the 1 mile, ½ mile, ¼ mile and high jump.


EC 2nd         100            3               Grange 2nd           48

EC              95              1*              Grange                207

EC 2nd         86              14              Grange 2nd           173

EC 2nd         90-8  2       & 66-4  32  Athletics 2nd         43     & 56


EC              75              1                2nd Bn Middlesex   227-6d

EC              112            4                Athletics              155

EC              91              23              Grange                202

EC              34     8  & 86-2             2nd Middlesex Reg 75              & 115-2

EC 2nd         90              8                Athletics 2nd         49

EC              84              3*              R G Artillery         101

EC              46              0                Vic Coll                121

EC              150-8         5                Rangers               101

EC              192-9         0                Athletics              111-8

EC              97              0                Rangers               117

EC              154            3*              Grange                140-9

EC              59              0                Vic Coll                256


EC              129            13              Masters XI           172            2-0-18-0

EC              124            0                E B Waite XI        169

EC              107-4         0                Athletics              155-8

EC              54-6           6                HMS Cumberland  161

EC              95-5           0                Garrison              223

EC              119            1                H F Morres           252-4          2-0-20-0

EC              116            9               Vic Coll                169

EC              151            20              F W Mourant        157-9

EC              189-8         20              Col Carr-Ellison     124

EC              89              0               R G Artillery         87

EC              118            8                Grange                63

EC              63              0               2nd Bn Middlesex   233-6

EC              150            2               Grange                230

EC              60              2               Vic Coll                425-7

He joined the Royal Horse Artillery and was accidentally killed by the explosion of a Trench Mortar on 3rd March 1915 aged 23, being buried at Aire Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais

Flight Commander Charles Edward Robinson (2962) was born in Shanghai and was in the Royal Naval Air service. He was reported missing assumed killed on 8th December 1915 aged 29. His is remembered at the Helles Memorial, Turkey. He represented Elizabeth College cricket team in 1903 and 1904.


EC              53              5               A J L Darby XI      78

EC              103-6                          HMS Aurora         162

EC 2nd         88              1               Grange 2nd           164

EC 2nd         152            4               Scratch XI           93

EC 2nd         82              11              Grange 2nd           153-6

EC 2nd         153            12              Scratch XI           69


EC              121            6               A J L Darby XI      133-7

EC 2nd         67     3       & 78-6   0   Grange 2nd           115

Anthony Rodovask Stevens or Antonio Rodovalho Hodgson-Stevens (2660) was born on 26 Sept 1880 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He entered College in 1891 and played in the 1st XI cricket team in 1896.


EC              127            4               Athletics              206

EC              69              0               Somerset LI         123            7-1-21-1

EC              110            20              E C Arnold XI       92              13-1-44-3

EC              104            0                Vic Coll                126            20.2-7-50-3

                 & 78           0                                         & 54           11-4-27-7

EC              40     5       & 87-5        Training Squadron    162         13-1-44-4

EC              141            0               Royal Artillery       71              9-2-32-4

EC              87              6*              Athletic               127            8-1-22-4

EC              116            0*              Athletic               116            13-1-37-3

EC              90              0*              Rangers               108            8-1-22-4

EC              62     0*     & 81-4        Somerset LI         136            15-4-31-4

EC              85              3               Vic Coll                100            16-7-24-1

                 & 85-3        2                                         & 66           22-7-29-6

EC              116            4*              Masters XI  87    12.2-1-43-7    & 58-5

He was awarded his colours.

Upon leaving school he went back to Brazil and worked for five years on the city improvements until 1902. He returned to England in 1903 training to become a civil engineer at Crystal Palace, graduating in Jan 1904, later becoming a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers on 7 Dec 1906. He was married to Kathleen Nora Martin in October 1907 in Kensington, London. He went back to Brazil for a short while but he departed Manaos, Brazil for Liverpool arriving on 22 Sep 1910 on board the Anselm as a first-class passenger.

He undertook training for was at Trentham and received 3 penalty points for overstaying his leave and drinking in camp.

He joined the New Zealand contingent and must have gone out to New Zealand as he embarked on the New Zealand Expeditionary Force from Wellington on 1st May 1916 on board the Ulimaroa bound for Suez, Egypt. He served on the Western Front from 1917-18. He was in active service from Jan 1916 to Jan 1919 but was diagnosed with Tubercle Lung (TB) after being wounded in France and deemed no longer fit for active service. He died on 21 Sept 1919 in Wairoa, New Zealand where he is buried.

Grave site information of A R Hodgson-Stevens (Died: 21 Sep 1919) at Wairoa Old Cemetery in Wairoa, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand from BillionGraves

A R Hodgson-Stevens in Wairoa Cemetery

Montague Middleton Barney (2891) was born in California on 24 May 1889. He was the only son of Mrs Barney of High Street, St Peter Port. He was at College from 1898 to 1904 after which he went on to Hurstpierpoint School and upon leaving went to the Camborne Mining School. Whilst at College in one of the annual concerts he sang ‘Linnet’s Burial’ and the ‘Walrus and the Carpenter’, and he was one of six boys who sang ‘The little voice’. He won the Form IV B prize for English. He played junior soccer for the school, and at under 16 he was 2nd in the 100 yards race and 2nd in the throwing the cricket ball. He did manage to win the half mile consolation handicap in two consecutive years.

In 1908 he was awarded the Royal Humane Society medal for saving a six-year-old boy from drowning in the sea in Penzance. He went to Mexico after his training and became a mining manager by the age of 21. In 1911 he survived when he fell over 20 metres down a mine-shaft receiving substantial injuries.

There is an interesting tie-up with another Old Elizabethan, HB Leapingwell (see earlier). He arrived back from Nevada to join the 253rd Company Royal Engineers. He was married to Phyllis Honor Le Brun, the 3rd daughter of Rev J Le Brun, the vicar of Alderney, on 23 Oct 1915 in London.  He was killed in April 1916 aged 26 by a shell whilst in a trench defending the line. His wife Mrs Barney was in England at the time of his death. Phyllis was a schoolteacher and lived till she was 107. He was buried at Vermelles British Cemetery.


M M Barney           Weekly Press

The following were known to have played cricket in Guernsey and were not killed:

John Valdemar Blad in 1914 scored 53 against Mr FW Mourant’s XI and a week later 129* against Victoria College, a week later 95* v HMS Superb, the next week 60* v Mr FW Mourant’s XI, followed by his epic 209* against Victoria College the next week, a total of 546 for only once out! At the end of the season in 1914 he finished off with 80 for College Present against College Past. He probably left school that year but he appeared again in July of 1918 when he scored 78 for Mr PF Trotter’s XI against his former school. He was College Sports Champion in 1914.

Next to come along was Oscar Grigor Blad who scored 45* versus Castle Cornet, 47 against 4th North Staffords as well as taking 5 for 23 against GH Fortey’s XI.

2nd Lt Frederick Neville Parker (3063) was born in Torquay in 1892. He attended College from 1903 to 1910 and appeared in a limited number of cricket matches.


EC 2nd         90                      3               Athletics 2nd         49

EC              40     0       & 68-3                Garrison              191-7

He was awarded 2nd XI colours

He enlisted with the 1st Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He was killed in northern France in April 1915 aged 22 and is buried in the Bethune Town Cemetery. His brother, Harding Neville Parker, also played for College in 1909, was wounded in May 1919 but survived the war.

Major Wilfred Thomas de Lacey Clark (2721) was born in 1884, joined the College in 1893 until 1902. He served on board several ships; HMS Victorious, Magnificent, Egmont, Ariadne, Russell and Victory. Whilst on board HMS Russell he was part of the bombardment of Zeebrugge in Oct 1914. He landed in Gallipoli in June 1915 and was injured with a gunshot wound to the leg which required hospital reatment in Alexandria. He rejoined the Royal Marines battalion in October but by December was invalided to England with post traumatic stress disorder (shell shock as it was known). He is registered in the roll-of-honour in July 1915 although he died later in Guernsey in Feb 1919 from complications after contracting Spanish influenza. He was buried in St Peter Port (St John) churchyard aged 34.

There is also the case of Major Frank Barclay Anderson, a PT instructor in the Royal Marines, who was retired through ill-health in 1917 and died in England in June 1919. He played Prompter in Sheridan’s ‘Critic’ and Stingo in ‘She stoops to conquer’ in 1901.

Yet again Lance Corporal Frank Gordon Hamilton (2848) is included in the list but he was accidentally drowned whilst bathing in the Dardanelles in Aug 1915. He joined the 11th Manchester Regiment and was buried at the Lancashire Landing Cemetery in Turkey.

There is also Capt Arthur Hugh Dobbs (3003) who attended Elizabeth College from 1901 to 1905 and mysteriously is not on the list of those who lost their life according to www.greatwarci.net/memorials/guernsey/lists/ec.php     However according to www.elizabethcollege.gg/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/At_remembrancelist-WWI.pdf he is listed.

Whilst at school he won the school sports day mile race as well as the 400 yards race and was placed second behind EC Mockler as Sports Champion.

Fighting with the 76th Punjabis he was killed near Kut el Awara in Mesopotamia (at Bazra) in April 1916 aged 28. He had a brother who fought and survived the war.

arthur hugh dobbs

Capt Arthur Hugh Dobbs

EHF Layard saw plenty of success in 1915. He started off in May with 5 wickets against Mr A Maunder’s XI and three days later hit 35 against the 4th North Staffords. In his first match against Victoria College he scored 59 and then followed it up with 2 for 16 in their 91 run win. In 1916 he was back with 128* against the 4th North Staffords and 63 for College against Victoria. In the same week he scored 44 and took 7 for 56 against the Athletics and a week later he took 5 for 5 against the 2nd Guernsey Light Infantry.

There were other notable personnel featuring at this time. CJH Rawlinson scored 32 for the Athletics against The Garrison in 1914 and 40 against the Green Howards. In 1915 he scored 37 in a lost cause against Elizabeth College and in 1916 he reached 49* against the same opposition as well as 61 for Mr A Maunder’s XI against the College. He later umpired the first senior inter-insular in 1950.

In Alderney JW Workman must have been a shining light. In August 1915 he took 6 wickets for St Annes against the 4th North Staffords followed 3 days later with another 5 wickets against the same opposition. In September he took 8 wickets including a hat-trick for the Married against the Singles and had 3 catches dropped in his first over. It was to no avail for having dismissed the Singles for 40 they were then dismissed for 26. The next year he staged a Mr JW Workman’s XI against Major Duus XI at the Butes and then brought a team to College Field to play Lt Hartley’s XI

George Stranger was killed at Doulieu, France in April 1918. His brother Capt Harry Easterbrook Knollys Stranger was a good cricketer and captained his school side in Marlow for 3 years. Having joined the 1st Battalion of the RGLI as a 2nd Lieutenant but almost a year earlier than his brother on 17 December 1916 he was awarded a Military Cross and his citation states: “He held an important bridgehead during a period of strenuous fighting at close quarters. He collected and organised men of several units, and held the bridge successfully against all the enemy’s efforts to break through. He set a splendid example of courage and determination.” The only one of the brothers who was married he was 27 and an acting Captain when he was injured in the same action as George, but he survived for a month before dying of his wounds on 11 May 1918. The eldest brother Frank fought with the Australian Infantry and was killed in March 1918. All three brothers died within 6 weeks of each other.


George, Harry and Frank Stranger in 1905                Greatwarci.net

ER Morres in 1914 took 7 for 24 playing for the Grange CC against Elizabeth College and followed it up two days later with a 60 against the Green Howards. He obviously liked the Green Howards with 54 a month later. He scored 43 against Elizabeth College and then took 7 wickets against the Royal Artillery a few weeks afterwards.