Reginald Frederick Desmond Plunkett 6 September 1918

Reginald Frederick Desmond Plunkett was born in Cairo in April 1898. He was in School House from 1912-16. At school he was a useful athlete, playing fives, rugby and cricket for the House. In rugby, he was on the losing side in the final of 1915, but in the summer of 1915, he was more fortunate on the cricket pitch. Playing alongside the mighty pairing of West and Sundius-Smith, who both made centuries in the semi-final, he helped School House to the title in a nervy finish in the final against Crosby. School House looked well set but in the end, limped home with one wicket to spare. Reggie Plunckett’s contribution was hardly spectacular, he scored just 8 runs and took one catch in this two innings match.

He also worked in the workshops in the summer holidays of 1915, working for an entire month rather than the expected two weeks. By December 1916, he had entered the Indian Army and after six months training, he was gazetted to the Gurkha Rifles and stationed in Quetta. He was then sent out to Mesopotamia and reached Basra in February 1917. He took part in the expedition up the Euphrates as far as Abu Hemal and was present at the engagement of Khan Baghdadi.

He was accidentally drowned while bathing in the Euphrates River on 6th September 1918, aged 20. His body was lost and he is now remembered on the Basra Memorial, alongside two other Oundelians, Donald Milne and Alan Scarth. His younger brother Humphrey, who was in New House for  four years, also served in the Empire, also with the Gurkha Rifles and survived the War. Their parents died six days apart in May 1948.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow