Ronald is remembered on the war memorial at St. Mary & St. Botolph Church, Whitton-cum-Thurleston.
Born: 26th November 1893, Lucknow, Bengal.
Baptised: 4th January 1894, Lucknow. Parents: Herbert & Agnes Emily Guthrie-Smith.
Missing presumed dead: 19th/22nd December 1914; age: 21; KiA near Givenchy. Ronald and his men were defending a heavily waterlogged trench when one of ten small mines launched by the German’s just before a savage counter-attack to recover their lost trenches exploded. Ronald and only six other men were identified.
Residence: 59, Cadogan Square, Middlesex.
On the 3rd September 1913, Ronald a Gentleman Cadet of the Royal Military College, Sandhurst was made Second Lieutenant.
Date of Entry Therein: December 1914 – France.
Regiment: Highland Light Infantry, 1st Battalion, Lahore Division.
Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.
The remains of Ronald and the six other identified men were not recovered until after the war. They were laid to rest next to each other.
Pas de Calais,
1911 Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire.
Ronald was 17 years old, and a student at the public school.
Father: Major-General Sir Herbert Guthrie-Smith, born 1864. Director of Artillery – H.M. Army.
Mother: Lady Agnes Emily Guthrie-Smith, born 1869.
Ronald was educated at Wellington College, Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne, Berkshire. He entered in the Summer term of 1907, and left at the end of Michaelmas term, 1911. He was in the Orange Dormitory (named after the Prince of Orange, who fought with the Duke of Wellington).
Ronald played rugby for the Orange, and in 1910 became part of the College’s First XV. He also took part in athletics and boxing within the school, and a wing three-quarter (weighing 9st 11 1/2lb) for the First XV in Autumn 1910. He was described as having great merit of pace and plucky. Ronald was a Sergeant in the school’s Rifle Corps.
In 1911 Ronald went to the Royal Military College Sandhurst, but continued to be involved with Wellington College, coming back to referee rugby matches and take part in the Old Wellingtonian Race on Sports Day.
Ronald is remembered on the Roll of Honour at Wellington College.
Wellington College information courtesy of Caroline Jones – Archivist – https://www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk/
Probate to Major General Herbert Guthrie-Smith K.C.B. of H.M. Army – father.
Soldiers’ Effects to Herbert Guthrie-Smith – father.