Captain Etienne Geoffrey Milward
|Regiment:||Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 7th Battalion|
|Date of Birth:||23/01/1896Bromsgrove||Date of Death:||02/09/1916|
In August 1914, soon after the outbreak of war, Etienne Milward applied for a Temporary Commission and this was granted on 15th August.
The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 7th (Service) Battalion was formed at Bodmin in September 1914 as part of K2 and came under command of 61st Brigade in 20th (Light) Division.
On 26 July 1915 the 20th (Light) Division completed concentration in the Saint-Omer area, all units having crossed to France during the preceding few days. Early trench familiarisation and training took place in the Fleurbaix area.
Lieut E G Milward was first wounded on 6th September 1915 and a telegram to H W Sparkes shows that he was “admitted to Endsleigh Place Hospital, Endsleigh Gardens, London on 9th September, 1915 suffering from gunshot wounds”.
The 20th Light Division was later engaged in the Battle of Delville Wood between 15th July 1916 and 3rd September. Delville Wood was fought over countless times and became choked with the dead of both sides. The Division was also engaged in the following Battle of Guillemont between 3 and 6 September,1916.
Etienne Geoffrey Milward was holding the temporary rank of Captain in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 7th Battalion when he died of wounds on 2 September 1916.
Association with Dawlish
Etienne was the grandson of Robert Harding Milward (1839-1903) a solicitor practising in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire.
Etienne Geoffrey Milward was born 23 January 1896 at Ayresdale North, Birmingham.
Etienne enrolled at University of London and matriculated as a student at the January 1913 examination and was placed in the Second Division having satisfied the examiners in English, Mathematics, Latin, French and Heat, Light and Sound. (Main subject unknown -ed)
In August 1914, soon after the outbreak of war, Etienne Milward applied for a Temporary Commission and this was granted on 15th August. In applying for a Temporary Commission for the duration of the War he gave his address as Oak Cliff, Starcross, Devon.
His application was counter-signed by his uncle, H W Sparkes, as Guardian. It also contained a “Certificate of Moral Character” from Charles Francis Benthall, Vicar of Cofton St Mary, Starcross who certified that he had known Etienne Geoffrey Milward for “the last five years”.
|Devon Roll of Honour||He is listed on the Birmingham Roll of Honour|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Geoffrey Lionel Milward, father|
|Last Known Address:||9 Manor Road, Edgbaston|
Duke of Cornwall Light Infantry badge
1915 telegram of wounds received 7th September
1916 telegram advising death from wounds on 2nd September
Field Service Report of death of wounds received in action.
National Archive, Kew – Officer's record and correspondence file
Birth Certificate from General Record Office
Newspaper references (quoted)
Refs from subscription services:
(Ancestry) Carter family tree
UK, Soldiers died in the Great War
National Probate Calendar