EWEN, Guy Cuthbert

Lieutenant, Special List attd., 3rd Bn., Nigeria Regiment W.A.F.F.

Born

Son of Walter Charles Henry and Florence Mary Ewen of Rustington, Littlehampton, Sussex, formerly of Deepway, Tiverton and was a great nephew of the first Viscount Knollys.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Day Boy”, from the age of 10.
September 1900 to Summer 1908.
He held a Foundation Scholorship and was a School Monitor.
He left with an exhibition at Sidney Sussex College Cambs where he attained his Bachelor of Arts degree.

Career

The Blundellian tells us that after some years further study he was appointed by the Colonial Office Assistant District Office in West Africa where he won high approval

Service

Immediately on the outbreak of war he received a commission and served in the Cameroons with the Gold Coast Regiment. In a letter to the Blundellian in December 1914 he wrote “I am permanently attached to the Gold Coast Regiment – had to do outpost work 24 hours at a time – soaked at frequent intervals – then up the N.W. railway to hunt stray parties of Germans – suddenly recalled to take Jabassi: seven armoured launches and 6in Naval gun on a barge: two days to get there: two wet nights on a shore or in native huts. I am in charge of a maxim (Machine gun) and 25 men to cover the advance of the company.  The day begins at five, but is worst in the middle. The rain hinders much. One has to live on tinned “chop” – and sardines out of the same tin, with pocket knives and the like. Hope soon to be sent to cooperate with the French and Eden against Germans.” Returning to West Africa in Autumn 1916, at his own request he was transferred to the East African force.

Death

24th Jan 1917, aged 27.

Burial/Commemoration

He is commemorated on Nairobi British and Indian Memorial, Nairobi, Nigeria.

Memorial

This Memorial is situated in Nairobi South Cemetery, 3 kilometres south-east of the city centre on Uhuru Highway, between the airport and Nairobi town centre. Coming from the airport, the cemetery is found directly beside the road on the left, adjacent to the Banyala roundabout. The Memorial consists of eleven stone panels, carved with the names of over 1,200 British officers and men and the Indian officers. The central panel is inscribed with the words: “Here are recorded names of officers and men who fell in East Africa before the advance to the Rufiji in January, 1917, but to whom the fortune of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death.”

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew WO339/
“The Blundellian” Feb 1917 p283
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 4788

 

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