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. NPR mentioned this morning that today’s the 110th birthday of the last surviving American WWI vet.

  2. 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.

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

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