Rees-Mogg, Louis Leyson. Died 11th Aug 1915

Louis Leyson Rees-Mogg – died 11 August 1915

Louis Leyson Rees-Mogg was born at Lonsdale Cottage, Batheaston, near Bath, on 15 February 1890. He had a sister Mary Joyce Ann Rees-Mogg.

His life story has been extracted in large part from a summary[1] of his life.

He was the only surviving son of Leyson (1855-1921) and Mary Swete Admonition (née Radcliffe)(1853-1917) Rees-Mogg of The Lodge, Tiverton, North Devon, and the grandson of William and Ann Rees-Mogg, of Cholnell House, Temple Cloud, Bristol, and Walter C. and Hannah Challotte Radcliffe of Varleigh, near Plymouth.

He was educated at Blundell’s School, gaining an open Scholarship and the School Exhibition at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, which he entered in 1908.   There he took a first class in the Mathematical Tripos (Part I) in 1909, and a first class in the Mechanical Science Tripos with the Tripos prize in 1911. In the latter year he graduated B.A. and was elected to a B.A. Scholarship at the College on condition that he continued his studies there.

At school he had been a member of the Cadet Corps, and when he went to Cambridge, he joined the Engineering Section of the Cambridge University O.T.C. The history of Sidney Sussex College[2] relates the following:

The first ever Sidney History fellow and founder of the Confraternitas Historica, the charismatic J. W. Reynolds, who had encouraged his students to join up, had been killed fighting at Ypres with the York and Lancaster Regiment in August 1915.   Eleven other men were killed in 1915, including four of Reynolds’s students, and also L. L. Rees-Mogg of the Royal Engineers. Most of these men had matriculated in 1912 and 1913 and so were very young indeed.

For a short time he worked at Willans and Robinson’s Engineering Works in Rugby. He took a commission in February 1913, when he was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant in the Reserve of Officers, Royal Engineers.[3] It was said that he did not intend to make the army his profession, but joined because, as he wrote, ‘if there should be a big war, I should not like to be out of it’.[4]

Gazetted Lieutenant in 1914, he was attached to the 68th Field Company, Royal Engineers, in the XIth Division. He was sent with the 68th Field Company to the Dardanelles in July 1915. He was killed in action, ‘… shot by snipers when he was with his Section in a small detached post’[5] near Suvla Bay, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, on 11 August, 1915, and was buried where he fell. He was 25 years old.

His military service record is available in his file at The National Archive: Reference: WO 339/37541. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After his death, administration was granted in London to his father, Leyson Rees-Mogg Esq., on 10 January 1916, with his estate valued at £876-15s, and a sum of £54-16-7d from pay and allowances was passed to his father in February 1916.

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Turkey, on Panel 23 to 25 or 325 to 328. He is also remembered on the Rugby Memorial Gates, on the Sidney Sussex College memorial and on the Blundell’s School memorial.

The years go by, the generations pass but out of the homes of England, out of our public schools there has poured in these five years a band of
noble brothers whose memory we shall never willingly let die.

Additionally, there is a memorial inscription on his mother’s gravestone in Tiverton cemetery, which notes that he ‘… was buried where he fell near Suvla Bay, Galipoli’.[6]

Rees Mogg family grave

Rees-Mogg family grave






[1]       The Bond of Sacrifice, Vol.II, pp.352-3, from …


[3]       The London Gazette, 18 February 1913, p.1240: ‘General Reserve of Officers, Corps of Royal Engineers, Louis Leyson. Rees-Mogg, late Cadet, Cambridge University Contingent, Officers Training Corps, to be Second Lieutenant. Dated 19th February, 1913’.

[4]       Sidney Sussex Annual, 1915.

[5]       Sidney Sussex Annual, 1915.

[6]       Photograph by julia&keld on


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