Lieutenant Acting Captain William Herbert Gladstone MC

1st Coldstream Guards

Date of birth: 8 August 1898
Date of death: 27 September 1918

Killed in action aged 20
Buried at Sanders Keep military Cemetery, Graincourt-les-Havrincourt II C 1

William Herbert was born at Hawarden, Flintshire, the ancestral home of the Gladstone family. He was the youngest of the four sons of the Reverend Stephen Edward and Annie Crosthwaite Gladstone, and grandson of the Prime Minister, William Ewart Gladstone. The family were living at Manley Hall, Helsby.

He was educated at Eton and, leaving school in 1916, joined the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, gazetted as a 2nd Lieutenant on January 15th 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross on 22 April 1918, and killed in action at Havrincourt.

His Effects amounted to £206 10s 11d., administration granted to his father.

His brother, Lieutenant Charles A. Gladstone, Intelligence Department, attached to Royal Flying Corps, was a prisoner of war in Germany and his cousin, Mr. W.G.C. Gladstone. M.P., was killed in Flanders in April, 1915.