Courtenay Traice Lindsay was born in Belfast on 11 Dec 1874. His parents were Thomas Mitchener Lindsay and Ruth (nee Traice) who married in Lancashire in 1871. Four children were born in Ireland before the family moved to Rugby where Thomas worked as an artist and drawing teacher at Rugby School.
Courtenay followed his father’s profession and in 1901 was lodging at Sutton, in Cheshire. His occupation is given as Ast. Exam. under Royal College of Art. In 1903 he married Charlotte Editha Wetenhall at Stanwick, Northamptonshire. His occupation and that of both fathers was Gentleman and his address was given as Seafield, Fareham.
In 1911 the couple were living at 143 Beaufort Street, Chelsea with their son Courtenay Traice David Lindsay aged six months. Courtnay senr’s occupation was Artist Designer.
At the start of the war Courtenay Traice Lindsay was nearly forty years of age but in May 1915 he applied for a commission in the Army Service Corps. His records contain a reference from Mr Dickenson, housemaster at Rugby School and one from Chas B McElwee, Organising Inspector of Drawing, National Education, Ireland. & Inspector in Drawing, the late Royal Indian Engineering College, Coopers Hill.
Courtenay had worked with Mr McElwee at the Board of Education, South Kensington and McElwee examined the work of his pupils at Seafield Park College, a college teaching engineering to boys for the Indian Public Works Department.He states that:
“Mr Lindsay is an able artist, draughtsman and designer, and his work is always of a very high order indeed. I am satisfied that Mr Lindsay will perform all duties with a zeal and thoroughness that will give every satisfaction.”
He was gazetted Lieutenant on 31st May 1915 and from pencilled notes on his record, he appears that he was sent to Lichfield. This would be the Rugely and Brocton Camps set up on Cannock Chase during winter 1914 and spring 1915 for training the Reserve Battalions of various regiments. The first troops of the Army Service Corps arrived in 1915 followed by many others. It is not known if Lieut Lindsay remained there but he did not serve overseas.
On 28th April 1916 he died at Burnham Abbey, Buckinghamshire. Close to his home at The Holt, Burnham Beeches.
He was buried at Dorney Burial Ground, one of only two war graves in the church graveyard.
His widow returned to live near relatives at Broughton, Huntingdon.
Gertrude and Paulina Lindsay, Courtenay’s sisters remained in Rugby, working as a Teacher of Art and Daily Governess respectively. In 1911 they lived at 4 Pennington Street. Presumably the reason their brother was listed on the Rugby Memorial Gates.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM