Wedgwood Vaughan 25 April 1918

Wedgwood Vaughan was born on 15 March 1882 in Newcastle. He was in Dryden House from 1895 until 1899, where he was a prominent sportsman. He was a stalwart amongst the forwards in a pretty successful XV in 1898 and he helped Dryden romp to victory over School House in the inter-house rugby tournament. He was also stroke of the School Crew (IV in those days) weighing in at 11 stone. The crew was seen as rather clumsy and unpolished but with potential. Vaughan himself was described in these terms: “His swing forward was good and steady but his finish was weak…He will make a capital racing stroke if he has any further chances of rowing.”

After Oundle, he went into shipping and in 1908 was back in his home area as manager of the Blyth Shipbuilding Company, north of Newcastle. His war was different to many of his fellows, as just before its outbreak, he sustained serious head injuries after a motor cycle accident. An experienced yachtsman, he obtained a commission to drive his brother-in-law’s motor-launch delivering mail in Scotland. But by November 1914, his health broke down again and he underwent an operation to relieve pressure on the brain. Still determined to do his bit, he spent six months after that in France as a Red Cross motor driver and later worked in an aircraft factory.

In the spring of 1918, he contracted a severe chill which developed into pneumonia and he died on 25th April 1918 at the age of 36.

C Pendrill
Yarrow Fellow