Lt. William Poyntz Alcock, MC, 15th Hussars

His address on death was Thorns Hall, Sedbergh which is today a hotel. Dating from 1535, Thorns Hall is a small manor house nestling at the foot of the Howgill Fells in the Yorkshire Dales and is an ideal location for a walking or activity holiday. Situated just a few minutes’ from the centre of Sedbergh, it offers lovely views and great walks from the doorstep. The house retains its historic charm with cosy public rooms, wood panelling and open fires. It has 24 en-suite bedrooms, some in the main hall and others in tastefully converted outbuildings across the courtyard

1894 Born William Poyntz (Poyntz-Wright) at Tonbridge, England. His parents were Stephen Poyntz (Wright) b. 1867 d.1945 and Jane Alcock b. 1866/67 d. 1935.

1901 census at Stone Bess, Ashurst

1911 census at The School Sanatorium, Mount Park Harrow-On-The-Hill. So he went to Harrow School

1914 Dec 16. The undermentioned Gentlemen Cadets, from the Royal Military College, to be Second Lieutenants. 15th (The King's) Hussars. William Poyntz Wright.

1917 William changed his name by deed poll to William Poyntz Alcock (I cannot find deed poll). This is his mother's maiden name

1918 Jan 18. Gazetted MC. Awarded the Military Cross (for action at Bouron Wood) . Lt. William Poyntz Alcock, Hrs.

Lt. William Poyntz Alcock, Hrs. For conspicuous gallantry and devoition to duty. By his courage and example under very trying conditions he kept his men together and maintained a critical position. It was largely owing to his energy and quick grasp of the situation that the position was maintained and counter-attacks were organised.

1921 Died Oct 10. He was drowned in the Clyde Estuary, whilst travelling on the SS Rowan. His body was found and he is buried at Sedbergh, Yorkshire.Eng.

SS Rowan - Rammed from astern by West Camak in fog in the North Channel. Passengers mustered on deck. The sinking took place shortly after midnight on the 9th of October 1921. The ROWAN, official number 128288, 1493 tons, Laird line was on a voyage Glasgow to Dublin. Shortly afterwards she was stuck by the British Clan Malcolm. 77 passengers and crew were accounted for but it would seem 8 passengers were posted as missing. The big problem is no passenger list was kept and some passengers paid for their passage on the quay at Glasgow.

1921 Jun 23. Probate to his father.

British soldiers died in Ireland