Rupert Caldwell Butler Fellowes

Name

Rupert Caldwell Butler Fellowes

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

21/08/1918
24

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Captain
Coldstream Guards
4 Company, 1st Bn.

Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

BAC-DU-SUD BRITISH CEMETERY, BAILLEULVAL
III.A.30.
France

Headstone

>Not Researched

UK Memorials

Stevenage Old Town Memorial
St Nicholas' Church Memorial, Stevenage Old Town
Holy Trinity Church Memorial Roll of Honour, Stevenage Old Town
Not on the Haileybury College memorials

Pre War

Rupert was born on the 12th May 1894 the third son of Rear Admiral Sir Thomas Hounsom Butler Fellowes KCB and Margaret Fellowes (nee Jowitt). The family lived at Woodfield Park, Stevenage.

Educated at the United Services College 1903-05, the Royal Naval School, Eltham and Balliol College, Oxford. He became a student of Balliol College, Oxford and on the 19th August 1914 applied for service in an Infantry regiment. The 20 year-old, who stood at 6 feet tall, was, at that time, an undergraduate and had a passion for horse riding.

Wartime Service

Rupert was commissioned into the Guards, Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant Coldstream Guards on 19 Nov 1914 and was posted to France on the 20th May 1915.

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 20 Feb 1915. He entered France on 20 May 1915 and was appointed A.D.C. to the General Commanding 14th Division.

On the 15th September 1916 was wounded in his right thigh, and evacuated to a field hospital and then repatriated to England. On the 2nd April 1917 he was declared fit for Home Service and it was not until the 4th June that a medical board decided Rupert was fit for overseas service. He was then ordered to report to Victoria Barracks, Windsor, in preparation for returning to France.

At 7pm on the 20th August 1918 the Battalion left Saulty by lorry and headed toward Moyenneville. They arrived at a point along the Boiry - Moyenneville road at about 9.30pm and debussed. Tea, rum and cigarettes were issued to the troops after which they set off in Company order to their respective assembly positions. Rupert Fellowes was in command of No.4 Company, which was in place at a point known as S.27.Central in support of No.1 Company. The Battalion was in position by 3am with zero hour being set for 4.55am and was to be supported by ten tanks from the 12th Battalion of the Tank Corps. A thick mist started to set in prior the attack and the tanks had great difficulty in finding their assembly points. At zero hour No’s 1, 2 & 4 Companies set off towards their objectives but by this time the fog was impenetrable and was worsened by a smoke barrage laid down by the artillery making it impossible to see any further than three yards in front. By 6.30am the Battalion had covered the fog bound 1000 yards and captured their objectives but described their tank support as being of little or no assistance. Up to this point they had suffered only 10 casualties but shortly afterward the German artillery rained down on Moyenneville and the casualties began to mount up. It was during this initial action that Rupert Fellowes was killed.

He is buried in the Bac-Du-Sud British Cemetery, France.

Additional Information

www.stevenageatwar.com

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Karen Smith - Acting Director of External Relations www.haileybury.com/honour Paul Johnson