Raymond Asquith

Raymond Asquith (6 November 1878 – 15 September 1916) was an English barrister and son of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife Helen Kelsall Melland (died 1891).

He was educated at Winchester, from where he won a scholarship to Balliol in 1896, taking with him a reputation for brilliance. He won the Ireland, Derby, and Craven scholarships, and graduated with first-class honours. Elected a fellow of All Souls in 1902, he was called to the bar in 1904.

He was initially commissioned, on 17 December 1914, as a second lieutenant into the 16th (County of London) Battalion, London Regiment. While leading the first half of 4 Company in an attack near Ginchy on 15 September 1916, at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, he was shot in the chest but famously lit a cigarette to hide the seriousness of his injuries so that his men would continue the attack. As a result, he died while being carried back to British lines.

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Raymond Asquith
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Born 6 November 1878
Died 15 September 1916(1916-09-15) (aged 37)
Near Ginchy, France
Resting place CWGC Guillemont Road Cemetery
Nationality British
Education Winchester College, Balliol College, Oxford
Occupation Lawyer
Spouse(s) Katharine Frances Horner
Children Lady Helen Asquith
Perdita Jolliffe, Baroness Hylton
Julian Asquith, 2nd Earl of Oxford and Asquith

Raymond Asquith (6 November 1878 – 15 September 1916) was an English barrister and son of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith. A distinguished Oxford scholar, he was a member of a fashionable group of intellectuals known as The Coterie, notable for unconventional lifestyles and lavish hospitality. Like several of them, Asquith was killed in action in World War I.

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