Quirky Names of British WWI Officers

I was researching something WWI-related the other day and got the chance to look over lists of British WWI officers (e.g. generals, admirals). Wow, what names! Some examples:

  • Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston
  • Beauchamp Duff
  • Berkeley George Andrew Moynihan
  • Borlase Elward Wyndham Childs (went by Wyndham)
  • Casimir Cartwright van Straubenzee
  • Dalrymple Arbuthnot (went by “Dal”)
  • Frederick Charles Doveton Sturdee (went by Doveton)
  • Hedworth Meux (born Lambton–interesting story)
  • Henry de Beauvoir De Lisle (went by Beauvoir)
  • Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe
  • Hurdis Secundus Lalande Ravenshaw
  • Ormonde de l’Épée Winter (went by “O”)
  • Torquhil George Matheson
  • Rosslyn Erskine Wemyss
  • Sackville Hamilton Carden
  • Trevylyan Dacres Willes Napier
  • Willoughby Garnons Gwatkin

All of these men were born in the 1850s, 1860s and 1870s.


4 thoughts on “Quirky Names of British WWI Officers

  1. You’re right! Just looked him up — his name is Frank Woodruff Buckles.

    And there are two other verified veterans, according to Wikipedia. Both are in the UK. One is a woman named Florence Beatrice Green, the other is a man named Claude Stanley Choules. Their 110th birthdays are coming up in mid-February and early March, respectively.

  2. Hmm, two Dalrymples! I would be interested to see where that name comes from… Sounds like a Google search!

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