Ronald Christie 15 April 1918

Captain Ronald Christie, like his Headmaster, was a Geordie by birth. He was born in Tynemouth in January 1896. Later the family moved to West Kensington in London. He was in the Headmaster’s house from 1911-13, where his main skill seemed to be in shooting. He won the Recruits Cup and helped School House to a creditable 3rd place in the house match.

He left Oundle, as so many did, at the age of 17. He was serving his apprenticeship as a naval architect, with Swan Hunter when the War came. He immediately joined the Army Service Corps and went out to France early in 1915. He then transferred to the regular army and became a captain in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry during the retreat on the Somme in March 1918. He died of wounds on 12th April 1918 in a French Hospital at Vasseny, near Soissons.

His Colonel wrote: “I need not tell you how sad we all were to hear of his death. We were all so very fond of him. He was such a really good man at work and play, we shall have to go a long way to meet his equal.”

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow