Names on Fontmell Magna War Memorial 5

Humphrey Osborn Springfield

Surname: Springfield
Other names: Humphrey Osborn
Other people in this story:
Thomas Osborn Springfield
Maud Beatrice Springfield (nee Mandeville)
George Patrick Osborn Springfield
Locations in this story:
Anner, Tipperary, Ireland
Gallipoli, Turkey
Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Kantara, Egypt
Fontmell Magna, Dorset
Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk

Humphrey Osborn Springfield was born on 31 Mar 1887 in Anner, Tipperary, Ireland. He was the son of Thomas Osborn Springfield and Maud Beatrice Springfield (nee Mandeville). The family were basically from Norfolk. By 1901 he was boarding as a scholar at Framlingham College, Framlingham, Suffolk. His mother died in Norfolk in 1910. At the time of the 1911 Census he was single, working as a Dairyman Manager and living at Higher Mill, Fontmell Magna, Dorset. He enlisted in the 1st Battalion of the Warwickshire Yeomanry and at the time of his death held the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He served at Gallipoli (where he had been wounded) and in Egypt where he was Mentioned in Despatches. He was killed in action in Egypt on 5th August 1916 whist saving wounded men and was buried at Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Kantara, Egypt (grave id. A.30). He is remembered on the Fontmell Magna War Memorial, Shaftesbury, as well on the Framlingham Memorial and the Irish Roll of Honour. His brother George Patrick Osborn Springfield was killed in 1914 during the early part of the war but does not feature on local war memorials but is remembered alongside his brother in the Irish Roll of Honour.

Printed Sources: "Fontmell Magna and the First World War", compiled by Chris Bellers, Fontmell Magna Village Archive Society, 2014.

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Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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