Maurice George Warland (1891–1917), temp 2nd Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment), was wounded in action in Mesopotamia on 11 January 1917 and died of his wounds on 20 January. Maurice was buried in Plot XXVI, Row A, Grave 5 at the Amara Cemetery, Iraq. He is commemorated on the war memorials at The Perse School, Cambridge and at the Cambridge Guildhall, as well as the family grave in this Cemetery.
Maurice was born in 1891 in Cambridge. He was the youngest of four children born to George Henry Warland and Helen Warland (née Thompson). Maurice was educated at the County School and The Perse School, Cambridge, where he was admitted on 12 January 1906. After leaving school he became an apprentice in soft furnishings.
He enlisted as a trooper in the 16th Lancers. In November of the same year he was transferred to the 17th Lancers, and sent to France. Early in 1915, he spent three months in hospital owing to illness. He was sent to The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland, and was given a commission in the 8th Wiltshires as Temp 2nd Lieutenant, 8th Battalion, the Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Regiment). In September, he went out to the 5th Battalion, but was unable to go with them to the Dardanelles, as he was again in hospital for a time. He went, however, a few weeks before the evacuation, and was one of the last officers to leave. On 5 April 1916 he was wounded and invalided to India. He rejoined the Battalion four months later on 8 August. He went to Egypt with the Battalion for a rest, and then proceeded to Mesopotamia, in September 1916. On 11 January 1917 he was again severely wounded, as a result of which he died on the 20 January 1917. He is mentioned in a number of entries in his Battalion’s War Diary:
1 January 1916
Location: Gallipoli, Cape Helles
GULLY BEACH Battalion employed on fatigues on piers, clearing stones from Gully, local defences etc. 4 officers 2/Lts WEBB, MARTIN, WARLAND and WOOD selected to act as guides etc. (pending evacuation) left for [Brigade] with 10 other ranks. Promulgation of death sentence on Sgt J ROBINS tried by court martial on Dec 8 for “wilful disobedience of order given by his superior officer in execution of his duty”.
5 April 1916
Location: Mesopotamia, Falahiyeh
Wilts leading brigade rushed 1st line enemy trenches. Captured without difficulty: about 12 prisoners taken. Turkish force found to have evacuated position. Brigade formed up and went forward about 9 a.m. Came under heavy rifle and machine gun fire from guns at FALAHIYEH, about two miles further on. Batt. advanced well over very open country and dug in about 800yds from enemy. At dusk withdrew to bivouac by river about 1 mile behind. Casualties; Wounded Capt. J.W. Greany DSO (doing duty) Capt. A.S. Bosanquet (staying doing duty), Lts. J.N. Carson, F. Priestley, R.C. Cannon, 2/Lt H.A. Wood, A/Lt. T. Inman, L.J.F. O’Brien, L.G. Martin, J. G. Mellish, M.G. Warland, C.A. Priest, N. Kaines. Other Ranks: Killed 17, Wounded 137, Missing 17.
8 August 1916
Location: Mesopotamia, Sheikh Saad
2nd Lieut R.G. Thompson sick to Field Ambulance. 2nd Lieut M.G. Warland rejoined the Battalion (wounded 5/4/16 and subsequently invalided to India)
13 August 1916
Location: Mesopotamia, Sheikh Saad
Capt L. Kettlewell and 2/Lieut D.B. Hutchinson sick to Field Ambulance. 2/Lieut E.G.M. Collins took command ‘A’ Coy, 2/Lt M.G. Warland took command ‘B’ Coy.
11 January 1917
Location: Mesopotamia, At Q.3 Position
At Q.3 until 2 p.m. when battalion marched back to S.9. Left S.9 at 7 p.m. and marched to take over line held by South Lancs Regt on East bank of HAI immediately East of Listed Ruin arriving at 9 p.m. Here we dug an advanced trench connected by a communication trench to Lunnette L 10. A Coy acted as covering party. 2 Officers wounded (2/Lt D.B. Hutchinson and 2/Lt M.G. Warland) O.R. [Other Ranks] Killed 5 wounded 18.
21 January 1917
Location: Mesopotamia, Trenches
Quiet day. Work continued on forward line of Swindon St., on dumps and Aid Post. Our artillery active. 2/Lt M.G. Warland reported Died of Wounds. Casualties O.R’s wounded 4.
Lat Lon: 52.203046, 0.1366142 – click here for location
Parish: St Andrew the Great
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
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Pelican magazine, March 1917
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War Diary for the 5th Wiltshire Regiment
Information kindly provided by the following institution: The Perse School, Cambridge
By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent