Lieutenant Augustus DILBEROGLUE
3rd (King’s Own) Hussars
Date of birth: 13 January 1894
Date of death: 1 April 1918
Killed in action aged 24
Buried Hourges Orchard Cemetery
Augustus was born in Cairo, the son of Plato and Julia Dilberoglue of The Lodge, 19 Southfields Road, Eastbourne. His father had been a judge in the Native Court of Appeal in Cairo.
After Ascham School Eastbourne he went with his younger brother, Richard Nicholas, to Summer Field’s, Oxford in January 1906 where both were to win races in the swimming sports. He went on to Eton in 1907 where in due course he was Captain of his House and, in his last year, second Captain of Boats. He rowed bow in the V111 in 1912 and No. 5 in the V111 in 1913. In 1913, he won the School Pulling, and was a member of Pop.
Augustus went up to Christ Church, and in 1914, rowed no. 7 in the Christ Church boat First Torpids which went Head of the River. He was a member of the Cavalry Club, the Vikings’ Club and of Leander Club.
War broke out during his first year at Christ Church. Having passed Moderations, he obtained a commission in the Special Reserve Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment. He was offered a vacancy at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst and after passing out in July 1915, he was gazetted to the 3rd [King’s Own] Hussars. After serving at Shorncliffe and in Ireland he went to France on 2 February 1916.
He was killed in action near Domart, southeast of Amiens, as the 2nd Cavalry Division took ’Rifle Wood’, and is buried there.
His Commanding Officer wrote, “Your son has, on many occasions, acted as my Adjutant and I had a very high opinion of him. A gallant cavalry officer and a very fine young soldier, he is a great loss to the regiment”
A brother officer wrote “To me he was the finest character and friend in the regiment. I don’t think I have ever met a more morally fearless character than his and as a model I never have met a finer or nobler character in all my life; his squadron and troop loved him and all we officers did.”
His brother, Richard was killed in France in September 1915 at the age of 20 and there are Memorials in All Saints Church, Eastbourne to both of them.