Humphrey Eames Barwell 3 February 1918

Humphrey Eames Barwell came from Edgbaston and had two older brothers who joined him at Sidney House. Humphrey arrived in September 1912, aged 14 and left at Christmas 1916. He played for the XI several times and was described as a good mid-on and someone who “hits the ball quite hard”. He was also a member of the 2nd XV – by this time 2nd XV colours were awarded - and he helped Sidney win the Senior House Rugby competition in 1915, although he missed the final for some reason. He played soccer for the School alongside middle brother Brian, who would later fly with the Royal Naval Air Service. In his last year, Humphrey became a school prefect.

In July 1917, aged 18, he joined the Royal Flying Corps, at the same time as his eldest brother transferred there from the infantry. Humphrey reached France the following November and was killed just three months later on 3rd February 1918 near Albert “while flying on active service” on the Somme. His Commanding Officer wrote: “I cannot express my grief at losing him. He was a good steady pilot and was a favourite with everyone in the Squadron. He set a splendid example.”

Humphrey Barwell was 19 years old at the time of his death. His older brother Hugh would be killed just seven weeks later.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow