Edward Norman Andrews 23 August 1918

Edward Norman Andrews was born in November 1898, in Hampstead, the son of a doctor and the youngest of three brothers. Like them, he came up to School House and stayed for five years from 1911 until 1916, enjoying a distinguished school career. He played some matches for the 2nd XV, sang bass in the school choral society, and in his last year was appointed a School Prefect and Captain of Boating. 

He left Oundle in December 1916 and went to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. The next year, he gained a commission as a second lieutenant in the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) but his arrival in France was delayed until July 1918 by a broken arm. He was involved in the British slog back across the Somme battlefields in August of that year. Edward Andrews was fatally wounded on 22nd August 1918 while leading his platoon in an attack near the town of Albert and died the next day. 

A brother officer wrote: “He led his platoon with complete disregard of danger, encouraging the men until wounded. His bravery and devotion to duty were an inspiration to his men.”

Edward Norman Andrews was just 19 years old at the time of his death. His two older brothers, both Oudelians, also served in the army and survived the war.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow