Alan Herbert Manwaring West 7 January 1918

Alan Herbert Manwaring West was born in 1897 and came from Sussex. He was in School House from 1911 until 1915, became a school prefect and was a great sportsman. He was in the XV and captained cricket and fives in his final year. He won the Whiffen Prize in the summer of 1915 and was described as “a good captain” of the XI. He was apparently “a very good all-round cricketer and promises to become first-class. Quick on his feet when batting and hits the ball quite hard.” He also possessed “a fine action for a fast bowler” and was also “a fine field.” School House duly won the Senior Cricket in the summer of 1915, but were pushed all the way by a better than expected Crosby team. 

Alan West passed the examination for the Indian Army while still at Oundle and sailed for India in September 1915, aged 18. He had six months training at Wellington College before gaining a commission with the 36th Sikhs and moving to Delhi.

In January 1917, he took a draft to Mesopotamia and was there until his death at Amara on 7th January 1918, at which time he was Regimental Bombing Officer. He was accidentally killed during bombing practice when he attempted to throw clear a bomb which had been accidentally dropped by one of his men. The latter escaped, but Alan West was mortally wounded.

His Commanding Officer noted: “I saw enough to realize that the regiment has lost one of its most useful and promising officers. I can confidently say that to each of your son’s brother officers the loss was a personal one.”

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow