Arthur Douglas Cave (Ha. 1909-13)


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Lieutenant, Durham Light Infantry, attached Royal Air Force
Born: March 27th 1896
Died: November 10th 1918

Age at Death: 22

Died of Pneumonia, November 10th 1918

Son of S. Cave of Brighton. Brother to Norman Cave (BC. reg 3464)

A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this solider by the Amess Family. 

Obituary, Brightonian XVI December, 1918
A.D. Cave, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. S. Cave, entered the College in 1909, and left in 1913. He had a distinguished athletic record, while at School, being in the 1st XI. Football in 1912 and 1913, the Cricket XI. in 1912, the 1st XVIII. Gym. in 1913 (Captain), and regularly for the now historic Old Brightonians team which won the Arthur Dunn Cup.  He was conspicuous also in the O.T.C., being Sergeant, and having passed Certificate A. He was a member of the Ceylon Planters' Rifle Corps until he left the island to join up.  In May, 1915, he passed into Sandhurst, and was gazetted to the Durham Light Infantry in September, 1915. His service was all in the infantry, in which branch he distinguished himself, becoming Adjutant, with the acting rank of Captain.  He returned to England on this transfer to the R.A.F., and was serving at Marston when he fell a victim to the influenza, and died at the Military Hospital, Chatham.

Lieutenant Arthur Cave (Hampden House 1909–1913)

Arthur Cave was born on 27 March 1896 in Colombo, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He was the elder son of Samuel Cave, a ‘buyer of fancy goods’ for the Ceylon Business House, and his wife Grace. Although Cave was born in Ceylon the family evidently moved back to Britain during his childhood and in 1909 he was sent to the College. While at the College, he played for the 1st XI football and cricket teams and was also Captain of Gym, as well as serving in the OTC. On leaving the College he returned to Ceylon to work in business, where he enlisted in the part-time Ceylon Planters' Rifle Corps.

However, after the outbreak of war he returned to Britain and in May 1915 entered the RMC Sandhurst and received a commission in the Durham Light Infantry in September 1915, with whom he ultimately rose to Captain. In 1918 he transferred to the newly formed RAF and was undergoing pilot training at Marston when he became infected with Influenza (a part of the Spanish Flu epidemic). He was transferred to the Military Hospital, Chatham, but died on 10 November 1018.

Cave’s grave is in the Brighton City Cemetery, Sussex. 

Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15

 

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