World War 1

Search the known records to date of those lost from the wider Alnwick area in World War 1

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Beauchamp Henry Selby

Beauchamp Henry



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Northumberland Fusiliers, 1st Battalion (N.B. 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-19', Volume 1, page 322 lists it as the 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force, Northumberland Fusiliers)



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Service History:
Captain Selby was a Regular soldier having attended Sandhurst before being gazetted Second Lieutenant, unattached, on 8 January 1901, then appointed to the Northumberland Fusiliers on 23 March 1901. Promoted to Lieutenant on 21 May 1902, & to Captain on 1 October 1912.

Served on the North West Frontier, India & saw action in the Mohmand campaign at Matta.

Selby died from wounds received 24 hours after being shot while in action near Vailly during the 1914 Battle of the Aisne. At the time the Battalion were holding trenches near Rouge Maison & he was shot by a sniper hidden in nearby woods which the Battalion were clearing at the time. He never regained consciousness.

In his letter of condolence his Colonel wrote: '...Your son was one of the lion-hearted breeds that are such a power in a regiment. At the fight at Fromieres, the day after Mons, he did very gallant work under a heavy fire to the great admiration of the O.C. commanding 1st Lincolnshire Regiment with whom he was temporarily detailed...'
(Sources: 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18', Volume 1, page 322; 'The Bond of Sacrifice', Volume 1, August to December 1914, Page 353; &

Born at London on 4 June, 1882, the son of the late Beauchamp Prideaux Selby, J.P., of Pawston, Northumberland, by his wife, Fanny, youngest daughter of Joseph Pocklington Senhouse, of Netherhill, Cumberland, J.P., D.L.. Grandson of Prideau Selby of Pawston, J.P., D.L., by his wife Harriet Elizabeth, daughter of Admiral Sir William Beauchamp-Proctor, 3rd Baronet.

Educated at Harrow & the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

One of two sons lost: see, also, Private Prideau Joseph Selby (Regimental service #4541; Northumberland Fusiliers, 8th [Service] Battalion; Died 30 October 1915).
(Sources: 'UK, De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-18'; Part 1; page 322)

Local Memorial:
Kirknewton War Memorial