Robert Guy Incledon CHICHESTER

Highland Light Infantry, 2nd Btn.  

Rank & Number:

28 January 1873; Drewsteignton, Devon  

                       13 November 1914; Near Ypres, Belgium  

                      Commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
                                Brother-in-law of Alfred Ernest Parker

ROBERT GUY INCLEDON CHICHESTER, known as Guy, was born on 28 Jan 1873 in Drewsteignton, Devon, to parents Richard, Rector of Drewsteignton, and Annie Jessie White.  He was killed in action on 13 Nov 1914 near Ypres, Belgium, aged 41, and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres.  He is also commemorated in Fairlie Parish Church; Drewsteignton Church, Devon (where his father was Rector for 26 years); St. Cuthbert’s Church, Brattleby, Lincolnshire; and Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.  

He married Alys Edith Parker, daughter of the late Mr. Alfred T. Parker & Mrs Parker of Aigburth, Liverpool and The Gondola, Fairlie, at St. Columba’s Church, Largs on 19 Oct 1911.  

In the 1881 Census, he is aged 8 and living Drewsteignton, Devon with parents Richard (42, Rector of Drewsteignton) and Annie Jessie (39), and siblings John Reginald (6), Josephine (3) and Neville B (1), plus servants.  

In the 1891 Census, aged 18, he is a boarder at Sherborne School, Dorset    


Educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, Robert Guy Incledon Chichester, gentleman, was gazetted second lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert’s) in March, 1892, at the age of 19.  He was gazetted from the Militia to the Highland Light Infantry in 1895, promoted Lieutenant in 1898, and obtained his company as Captain in 1901.  He saw active service on the North-West Frontier of India in 1897-98 (received medal and clasp), and in the South African war 1901-02 (received Queen’s medal with five clasps).  
He entered theatre of war in France and Flanders with the British Expeditionary Force on 13 Aug 1914.  He received the 1914 Star with clasp and the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-   

21 November 1914
With deep regret the news that Captain Guy Chichester, Highland Light Infantry had been killed in action was received in Fairlie.  The sad news reached The Gondola on Wednesday, and the utmost sympathy is expressed towards his young widow, who is a daughter of Mrs. A.T. Parker.  The gallant officer has been through all the big actions of the war.

Extracts from other newspapers:-

27 November 1914, Western Times
Drewsteignton: The parishioners heard with deep regret of the death of Capt. Robert Guy Ingleton Chichester, of the 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry, who was killed in action near Ypres on November 13th.  The second son of the late Rev. Richard Chichester (rector of Drewsteignton), and of Mrs. Chichester, the deceased officer was born in 1873, and was gazetted from the Militia to the Highland Light Infantry in 1895, obtaining his company in 1901.  He first saw active service with the Malakand and Buner Field Forces, on the North-West frontier of India in 1897-8, being present at the attack and capture of the Tanga Pass (medal and clasp).  In the South African war he was employed with Mounted Infantry, and received the Queen’s medal with five clasps.  Capt. Chichester was married.  

21 July 1916, Exeter & Plymouth Gazette

Drewsteignton: To perpetuate the name of the second son of the late Rev. R. Chichester (Rector of this parish 1869-95), a tablet has been placed on the north wall of the parish church this week by the widow and mother of the gallant officer who was held in the highest esteem here, which was his home ere he joined the Army he served so well and in it died an hero’s death leading his men against his country’s foe.  The tablet, which has on it the family coat of arms, bears the following inscription:- “To the glory of God.  In loving memory of Robert Guy Incledon Chichester, Captain 2nd Battalion the Highland Light Infantry, who was killed in action, near Ypres, 13th November, 1914.  Aged 41 years.  Blessed are the pure in heart.”

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