1. Grave:Guards Cemetery Windy Corner, CuinchyII. D. 1.
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.132
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour10D GQS

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Family :

3rd son of the Hon. Edwin and Mrs. Ponsonby, of Woodleys, Woodstock, Oxon.

Education & Career :

Educated at Eton and the Royal Military College Sandhurst.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 2/Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry 

2nd Battalion August 1914 : in Aldershot. Part of 5th Brigade in 2nd Division. 14 August 1914 : landed at Boulogne

Action : France & Flanders 

France & Flanders covers all the dates and corresponding locations which are outside the official battle nomenclature dates on the Western Front. Therefore the actions in which these men died could be considered 'normal' trench duty - the daily attrition losses which were an everyday fact of duty on the Western Front.

Gazetted 2nd Lieut 8th Jan 1901. Promoted Lieut 24 Aug 1904 and Captain 22 Jan 1910. Was ADC to Lieut-Col Sir Matthew Nathan, Governor and CinC of Natal from 10 Aug 1907 to 14 Jan 1910.
Adjutant to 4th Oxf & Bucks LI (TF) from 25 July to 20 Sept 1914. Assistant Secretary for Military Affairs to Viscount Buxton, Governor General and CinC for South Africa. He re-joined 2nd Battalion and went to France. Wounded near Ypres in October. Returned to France in June 1915.

Le Quesnoy 8th September 1915.
At 5am our miners blew a mine with excellent results and removing yesterdays obstructions, giving us a considerably better position then before. Ponsonby, Crosse and I (Lieut-Col Eden) went to the sap head soon after the explosion and were congratulating ourselves on the success , when poor Ponsonby was shot stone dead through the head and fell right across my knees. We thought we were well under cover and moreover the light was none too good, so that it came as a tremendous shock to us. We have lost one of our very best friends and the Regiment one of the very finest gentlemen and officers who have ever worn its uniform. We buried him in the afternoon in the cemetery near Windy Corner.
There is a memorial window to him in St Mary's Church, Church Street, Wootton by Woodstock, OX20 1DZ

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Churchill No. 478 E.C.Oxfordshire

4th March 1912
6th May 1912
3rd June 1912

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