Lionel Bernard Wansbrough, 1 November 1914

Lionel Bernard Ray Wansbrough was the only son of Mr and Mrs R.R. Wansbrough of Duffield in Derbyshire. He was born in Clifton on July 1st 1889 and was in Grafton House from 1903 to 1905.

He joined the navy after leaving Oundle and trained at the Naval College at Osborne on the Isle of Wight. We hear of him as an Engineer-Lieutenant attached to HMS Monmouth and playing rugby frequently for the United Services XV. One report states that before the war, “he had much to do with the rugby football and sports generally at Osborne.” On 7 March 1914, Lionel Wansborough represented the Royal Navy in a rugby match against the Army, played at the Queens Club in London. King George V was in attendance but unfortunately, Wansborough and the navy went down to defeat 26-14.

He was killed, aged 25, alongside some 735 officers and men, when HMS Monmouth was sunk by the German cruiser Nurnberg on 1st November 1914 in the Battle of Coronel, off the coast of Chile.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow