Julian Henry Francis Grenfell (DSO)


Julian Henry Francis Grenfell (DSO)


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Household Cavalry & Cavalry of the Line (inc. Yeomanry & Imperial Camel Corps)
1st (Royal) Dragoons


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Distinguished Service Order


II. A. 18.


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UK Memorials

Birch Green Village Memorial, Birch Green School, Birch Green, Hertingfordbury Village Memorial, Church of St Mary and St John Church Roll of Honour, Hertingfordbury, Hertford Town Memorial, St Andrew’s Church Roll of Honour, Hertford, St Andrew’s Church Memorial, Hertford

Pre War

Born in St James’ London on 30 Mar 1888 son of Lord and Lady Desborough of Taplow Court, Taplow, Bucks., and Panshanger, Hertford. Educated at Summer Fields School in Oxford, Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. One of the war poets. Author of 'Into Battle'.

Wartime Service

Had already joined his Regiment in 1910. D.S.O. Gazetted 29 Dec 1914 Gazette Issue 29024. “His Majesty the King has been graciously please to approve the appointment of the undermentioned Officers to be Companions of the Distinguished Service Order, in recognition of their services with the Expeditionary Force, specified below:- On the 17th November he succeeded in reaching a point behind the enemy's trenches and making an excellent reconnaissance, furnishing early information of a pending attack by the enemy”.

He was injured on 13 May 1915 by a shrapnel wound to the head. He was taken to hospital where he died 13 days later with his mother, father & sister by his bedside.

Additional Information

Brother of The Hon Gerald William Grenfell died 30 Jul 1915 and is also listed on these memorials.


Kate Thompson
Malcolm Lennox, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Grenfell buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk