Hugh William Eames Barwell was in Sidney House from 1907 to 1911, the eldest of three brothers.
At Oundle from 1907-11, he had a splendid career. He was a regular player for the XV alongside Edward MacBryan, John Gulliland, Tom Warner and Douglas Armitage. Hugh also played regularly for the XI, teaming up with MacBryan and Gulliland again in what was a topsy-turvey season for the Oundle cricketers. Against the Leys it looked as though Oundle would be beaten, needing 40 more runs when Hugh Barwell came in at 10. But he scored 26 that day and, with the last man, secured victory.
Hugh was also a useful debater, supporting “with a sound speech” the motion that manners maketh man, he declared that “manners in the highest sense of the word did exist at the present time, amongst those who constituted the future greatness of the British Empire, namely the Public School boy.”
He attended Birmingham University, where he gained a BSc, before the outbreak of war. He joined up at once and was given a commission in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, serving on the Western front for two years and was promoted to Captain.
Hugh was awarded the first MC and the Croix de Guerre for conspicuous gallantry at Beaumont Hamel in November 1916.
He went missing on 25th March 1918, as the Germans launched their great attack on that part of the Western front. His body was never found. He was 25.
The youngest brother, Humphrey, joined in 1917 and was killed in action seven weeks before Hugh.
His CO said: “I had only the previous day recommended him for a bar to his MC ….and if anyone deserved it your son did.”