James Murray Round (MC)

Name

James Murray Round (MC)
21/02/1894

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

13/11/1916
22

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Captain
Essex Regiment
13th Bn.

Awards

1914 (Mons) Star, British War and Victory Medals
Military Cross

Cemetery/Memorial

SERRE ROAD CEMETERY No.2
I. K. 37.
France

Headstone

>HE THAT OVERCOMETH I WILL BE HIS GOD AND HE SHALL BE MY SON

UK Memorials

Haileybury College Memorial, Hertford Heath. Haileybury College Chapel Roll of Honour, Hertford Heath. St Matthew’s Church Memorial, Oxhey, Herts. Oxhey, Herts, War Memorial. All Saints Church, Witham, Essex. Colchester War Memorial.

Pre War

James Murray Round, born in Chelsea, London on 21 February 1894, was the son of the Francis Richard Round CMG, and his wife Frances Emily Round (nee Tufnell). His father, a high-ranking civil servant in the Colonial Office, received the CMG, the Order of St Michael and St George, awarded to men and women who rendered extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country.

James was baptised on 20th April 1894 at St Peters Church, Cranley Gardens, Chelsea, London.

He and his wife had seven children and in 1901 the family home was Sutton Court, Sutton, Surrey, where he employed a governess and four servants. By 1911, he had retired, was a JP for Essex and the family had moved to ‘Avenue House’, Newland Street, Witham, Essex. From 1907 until 1911, James was a pupil at Haileybury College, Hertford.

Wartime Service

He joined the Essex Regiment and served as a Captain. Landing in France on 14th September 1914. He was awarded the Military Cross for gallantry. He died on 13th November 1916, aged 22. He was buried at the Serre Road Cemetery No. 2 on the Somme, France. 

He and his brothers, Auriol Francis Hay Round and Harold Cecil Round, are all commemorated on the memorial at St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey. The reason for this is that Emma Margaret Round, who married John Wilfred Lewis, by 1915 the vicar of St Matthew’s Church, Oxhey, was their cousin. Her sister, Lucy Frances Round, married Major Charles Ernest Higginbotham, who is also commemorated at St Matthew’s. 

 

James is also commemorated on the memorials at Haileybury College Memorial, Hertford Heath, Haileybury College Chapel Roll of Honour, Hertford Heath, and Colchester War Memorial

 

Additional Information

The value of his effects were £139-4s-11d, which went to his Father Francis. Brother of Lieutenant Auriol Francis Hay Round who died of wounds on 5 Sep 1914 and of Captain Harold Cecil Round DSO MC who was killed in action on 24 Aug 1917 in Belgium.

Acknowledgments

Stuart Osborne
Malcolm Lennox, Karen Smith - Acting Director of External Relations www.haileybury.com/honour Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk