Vere Duncombe Loxley


Vere Duncombe Loxley
7 Sep 1881


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Royal Marine Light Infantry
1st R.M. Bn. Royal Naval Division.

Awards: Service Medals/Honour Awards

1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals
Mentioned in Despatches

Cemetery/Memorial: Name/Reference/Country

E. 1.

Headstone Inscription

In Peace

UK & Other Memorials

Northchurch Village Memorial, St Mary’s Church Window, Northchurch, Individual plaque, St Mary’s Church, Northchurch

Pre War

Vere Duncombe Loxley was born 7 Sep 1881at Fairford, Glos., son of Rev Arthur Smart Loxley and Alice Mary (nee Duncombe) and was educated at Horris Hill, Newbury, Radley College, Abingdon, Oxon. and the Royal Military College Sandhurst after which he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Marine Light Infantry on 1 Sep 1900, Lieutenant 1 July 1901, Captain 1 Sep 1911.

Attended Royal Naval College, Greenwich and served in Portsmouth Command and Ships.

Wartime Service

He was appointed to command on 13 Nov 1915 of 1st Royal Marine battalion in the Dardanelles during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign and then served in France from 16 May 1916 where he commanded the 1st Royal Marine Battalion of the Royal Naval Division during the Battle of the Somme.

He was appointed Temp Major on 30 May 1916, wounded on 15 July but returned to the front line two months later. He was mentioned in Despatches 13 Jul 1916. He was killed leading his battalion in the Battle of the Ancre on 13 November 1916; 20 of the battalion’s 22 officers were either killed, missing or wounded during the battle. 

Additional Information

His mother, Mrs. Alice M. Loxley, Little Cloisters, Gloucester, ordered his headstone inscription: "In Peace". Probate was granted to his Mother (£1770 19s 4d). Vere’s brothers, Arthur serving as Captain RN and Reginald RNAS & RAF, were also killed in the Great War.


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