Captain Robert Colvill-Jones M.C.

Kings Royal Rifle Corps (13th Battalion Rifle Brigade) / Royal Air Force

Awards and Decorations: Military Cross

Died: 4th November 1918

Age: 22

Robert Colvill-Jones was the eldest son of R Colvill-Jones. He and his two brothers entered College in January 1911, and remained till midsummer in the following year when the family returned to the Argentine.

Robert was barely eighteen when he came over with a large number of other young Englishmen from South America for war service in September 1914. He was given a commission in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps (KRRC) and served with distinction through some of the fiercest fighting of the war, in the course of which he was promoted Captain. He was wounded severely three times and gained the Military Cross. Eventually his wounds disqualified him from further service at the front and he was offered an appointment behind the lines. This however did not satisfy him and he applied for admission to the Royal Air Force (RAF). He returned to England and after completing his training was awarded his certificate and went out again to France in the autumn of 1918. He was posted as missing and later reported killed on 4th November, 1918, exactly a week before the Armistice.

(The above text appears in the Book of Remembrance of Victoria College published in 1920)

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