1. Memorial:Dive Copse British Cemetery
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.129
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour8A GQS

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Died of Wounds

Family :

Son of Charles Langley Maltby and Isaline Maltby, of Southwell, Notts. He was the grandson of Archdeacon Brough Maltby.

Education & Career :

Educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford as a Chorister, and then at Worcester College, where he rowed for his College and was a 'prominent' member of OUDS.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 12th (Service) Battalion The Rifle Brigade 

12th (Service) Battalion Formed at Winchester in September 1914 as part of K2 and attached to 60th Brigade in 20th (Light) Division. Moved to Blackdown, going on in February 1915 to Witley and then in April to Larkhill. 22 July 1915 : landed at Boulogne.

Action : The Battles of the Somme 1916 

The Battle of the Somme 1st July - 18th November 1916 is inevitably characterised by the appalling casualties (60,000) on the first day, July 1st 1916. Having failed to break through the German lines in force, and also failed to maximise opportunities where success was achieved, the battle became a series of attritional assaults on well defended defence in depth. The battle continued officially until 18th November 1916 costing almost 500,000 British casualties. German casualties were about the same, and French about 200,000. The Somme could not be counted a success in terms of ground gained or the cost, but it had a strategic impact as it marked the start of the decline of the German Army. Never again would it be as effective whilst the British Army, learning from its experience eventually grew stronger to become a war winning army. The German High Command recognised that it could never again fight another Somme, a view that advanced the decision to invoke unrestricted submarine warfare in an attempt to starve Britain of food and material, and in doing so accelerated the United States declaration of war thus guaranteeing the eventual outcome. 287 Brethren were killed on the Somme in 1916.

At the outbreak of war he enlisted in the Public Schools Brigade and in 1915 was Commissioned into the Rifle Brigade.

He went to the Front in July 1915 and was the Regimental Signalling Officer, before becoming Adjutant, the post he held on his death.

"Temp. Lt. C. R. C. Maltby (since died of wounds received in action) to be Adjt., vice Capt. R. U. H. Prioleau. 21 June 1916."

Detail :

The Unit Diary recalls:
"26th Commenced practising attack but enemy started shooting at battery behind us with 4" gun + we had to give up. 1 man killed.

Rained at intervals during afternoon. Enemy continued shelling countryside intermittently.

About 8.30 p.m. a shell dropped right into "C" Coys officers mess, a trench. 2nd Lt's Taylor and Parmenter were killed outright Lt C. Foster Brown, commanding "D" Coy + Lt + Adjt C.R.C. Maltby were both severly wounded + both died the following day. 2nd Lt Tudor Owen was seriously wounded.

Commanding officers Pow Wow at brigade H.Q. at 9.30 p.m. plan of attack slightly modified.

KSLI now attacking Brompton Road only, KRRC Quarry + Hill Street. This Bn to go thro KRR's and capture + consolidate North Street. 6th Oxford + Bucks + 61st brigade would go thro us + capture the line Guinchy-Wedge Wood.
Rained all night.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Apollo University No. 357 E.C.Oxfordshire

8th February 1910
8th March 1910
3rd May 1910

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