Lieut. Nigel Madan (8th King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment)
We had heard that Nigel Madan was missing and we are distressed to see his death announced in today’s edition of The Times.
It is understood that Nigel’s regiment was involved in diversionary attacks around the Ypres Salient. The Germans had captured strategically important high ground called the ‘Bluff’ last month and the aim was to re-take this to deny the Germans the opportunity to observe our lines.
The artillery bombardment began on 1st March and the attack went in early on the morning of 2nd March. It caught the Germans by surprise and was successful. Nigel Madam, however, was declared missing at the end of the day and today’s announcement confirms that he did indeed die in this attack.
Nigel’s father is Mr Falconer Madan, Bodley’s Librarian, and Nigel attended the OPS in 1897/98.
All who knew him mourn a gallant gentleman, who fell in the flower of his early manhood, fighting for his country and in defence of a cause of which no higher can be found.