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Private Francis Luther Bennett
Joseph James Hunt, a well-known Marlborough photographer.
2nd Lieutenant Sidney Clayton Woodroffe VC
The three who died were:- Leslie Woodroffe: Born 17 October 1885 and attended Marlborough College from Sept 1898 until July 1904. He was a Captain in the Rifle Brigade and died from his wounds at Ypres on 4th June 1916. Kenneth Woodroffe: Born 9th December 1892 and attended Marlborough College between May 1906 and July 1912. He was a Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade and was killed in Action at Neuve Chapelle on 9th May 1915. Sidney Woodroffe: Born 17th December 1895 and attended Marlborough College from May 1908 until December 1914. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Rifle Brigade and was killed In Action at Hooge on 30th July 1915. All of the above gained military honours and Sidney has the distinction of being the first member of Kitchener’s New Army to win a Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest and most prestigious decoration for gallantry. He was 19 years old when the action that resulted in his award took place and the medal’s citation reads: “On 30 July 1915 at Hooge, Belgium, when the enemy had broken through the centre of our front trenches, Second Lieutenant Woodroffe’s position was heavily attacked with bombs from the flank and subsequently from the rear, but he managed to defend his post until all his bombs were exhausted. He then skillfully withdrew his remaining men and immediately led them forward in a counter-attack under intense rifle and machine-gun fire, and was killed whilst in the act of cutting the wire obstacles in the open”. The two photographs show Sidney Woodroffe at Marlborough College in 1909 playing for the A House Football XX (second right, third row back) and in the trenches six years later (believed to be second left).