Rex ComptonRank: Lieutenant
Date of Death: 12/08/1917
Regiment/Service: Essex Regiment 5th Bn.
Panel Reference Panel 39.

Additional Information:

Born in 1897 at Woodford, son of George (Wholesale Tea and Coffee Dealer, later a Blender and Expert Taster) and Annie Gertrude Compton. 1901: With his family at “Clevedon” Chelmsford Road South Woodford. 1911: A schoolboy still with his family at “Clevedon” Chelmsford Road South Woodford.

An Old Bancroftian who joined the Essex Regiment as a Private at the start of the war, leaving the school in order to do so. Soon Commissioned into 5 Essex, he served with them in Gallipoli from 09-15 for the duration of the Campaign. Evacuated to Egypt, he returned to the UK in 06-16, and subsequently went to the front at Ypres.

On 12-08-17, as Second in Command of his Company during the 3rd Battle of Ypres, he was leading his men in an attack on a German position when they encountered heavy machine gun fire. Compton was trying to get his men under cover when he was struck in the head by a machine gun bullet and killed instantly. His family were inclined to believe Rex may have been trying to avenge his brothers death.

X/R 2/LT Guy Compton (Brother).

Memorial: Rolls of Honour: Bancroft’s School. St Mary’s Church.
Separate Folder: NO.
Principal Sources: Ancestry. Woodford Times. The Bancroftian.
Qualification: Borough Resident.