The Green Room Plaque was "found" and photographed when
it came up for auction in a Sale Room in Rugby,
Warwickshire, in 2009. The Plaque commemorates
twelve actor members of the Green Room Club who died in
Since that date considerable research has been
undertaken, using family history sources, military
archives and contemporary newspapers in UK and USA, to
find the stories of these men, their backgrounds,
careers and military service. In the process some
of their relatives have been traced and provided with
copies of the information acquired. Research has
latterly also been carried out by members the
Great War Forum, who were sent a copy of another
photograph of the plaque by the Club's present owner.
Their help with military history matters has been
invaluable, and they have allowed their findings to
supplement this project.
Room Club was a
Named for the Green Rooms at theatres where actors relax
when not on stage.
The club was
inaugurated on 21 July
Since then it has moved several times:
1903 it was at
46 Leicester Square,
and that year
Claude Monet painted
from the Green Room balcony.
The Club remained there
until 1940, when bomb damage made the club unusable and
it moved to Whitcomb Street.
During that later period the members included Sir
Ralph Richardson and Sir Laurence Olivier.
The memorial brass was sculpted by
Ferdinand Victor Blundstone [1882-1951] who also
designed several other memorials including the
Plimsoll Monument on the
and war memorials at
Stalybridge and for the Prudential
Assurance, Holborn. With Joseph Armitage,
provided the sculptural work for the Tyne Cot Memorial
which forms the north-east boundary of the
The details of
the Memorial have been provided to the
Inventory of War Memorials, coordinated by a
Projects Officer at the
An illustrated Report on the Men
and the Memorial now extends to some 10,000 words and
hopefully may be published. In the meantime
various articles are being prepared and an illustrated
lecture on the
Green Room Plaque and about the researching of the
actors is available.
Further details can be obtained from:-
John Frearson -
THE ACTORS COMMEMORATED
actors are named
on the plaque,
officers and two NCOs.
This perhaps reflects upon the standing and
leadership qualities of the acting profession.
They are listed below, together with some brief
details, in the order of their deaths, as listed on the
Lionel Mackinder d. 1915
Born in about 1869,
he performed in many light musicals from 1895 to
much of this
with Mr. Edwardes’s management at the Gaiety.
one of the first actors to enlist on the outbreak of war",
joined the Berkshire Regiment, going to
France in November 1914. He
by his own company for a Captaincy,
was killed before the unusual promotion could take place.
He is buried
Touret military cemetery,
Frank Saker d. 1915
in about 1881,
and a member of an acting family, he worked as an
actor but then in 1904 joined the army, being
Lieutenant in the Connaught
was killed in First Battle of Ypres at Zonnebeke,
on the very first days of the
offensive, probably on the 30 October 1914
[rather than in 1915 as stated on the plaque].
Holmes-Gore d. 1915
- Born in 1871, he studied law, but turned to acting and
directing, both on the stage and for "movies" in UK and
USA. Returning to England to make "The Prisoner of
Zenda" in 1915, he became
a Captain with
the 1/8th Hampshire Regiment, and was recorded as
Killed in Action on 12 August 1915 at Suvla
Arthur Curtis d. 1916
was an actor from the early 1900s in UK and USA.
He trained with
the Inns of Court OTC,
was commissioned and went to
was wounded on the Somme in
September and died of wounds in Queen Mary's Hospital,
Basil Hallam d. 1916
Born Basil Hallam Radford on 3 April 1889
Sir Herbert Tree, in 1908, playing in Shakespearean
productions. He acted in both UK and USA.
He made his mark
Gilbert the Filbert
the Palace Theatre in
and by 1916 was
Flight-Commander (Temporary Captain) in No.1 Army Kite
August 1916, near Albert on the
balloon from which he was observing, broke away.
His death was
something black, which had been hanging below the
basket, detached itself and fell some three thousand
was buried in
Couin British cemetery.
Guy B Rathbone d. 1916
on 29 May 1884,
he became a member of Frank Benson's Shakespeare Company,
and pursued an acting career until gaining
commission in the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1915.
died, on active service on 21 April 1916,
he was commanding A Company, near
Charles Bibby d. 1917
Born in November 1878 in Stretford,
he had started his acting career with the Benson company
one of the original members of Miss A. E. Horniman's
in the Midlands and later
at the Gaiety,
and went on tour with them to Canada.
and served with the 23
Battalion. Royal Fusiliers (City of
going to France
later in 1915.
He was killed in action on the Somme on 3 May 1917 and is
commemorated on the Arras Memorial
Marcus Draper d. 1917
Mark [Marcus] Denman Draper,
was born in 1885 in Alfreton where his father was vicar.
His initial acting experience was with Sir Frank Benson;
he toured in repertory and was later in management
for seven years. In 1915 he joined the 28th (Artists
Rifles) Battalion, London Regiment and was gazetted
Second Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps in January
1917. Only two weeks later,
he was killed in an accident during
a training flight.
Two of his brothers also died in WWI.
Leopold Profeit d. 1917
- Born in about 1878, the son of Queen Victoria's
Balmoral doctor, he acted in London and on Broadway from
1899 to 1913.
He served in 8 Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry,
entering the Salonika theatre on 31 October 1915.
He died on 25
April 1917 and was buried
Karasouli Military Cemetery
C Trevor Roper d. 1917
9 February 1884 at Mold in Flintshire,
and educated at
Clare College, Cambridge
the Academy of Dramatic Art;
played in London under H. B. Irving,
tour to Australia in 1911. He
became a lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers,
and was gazetted Captain
in December 1914
in the Hampshire Regiment.
in France on 3 August 1917 "…
of wounds received in action at
Ypres the previous day..."
buried in the Duhallow Advanced Dressing
Cemetery. In WWII, his son
was in Guy Gibson's crew for the "Dambusters Raid".
Charles Blackall d. 1918
- Born in about
served as Lieutenant with the 3rd
in the Boer War. He continued in the Reserve and
acted in UK and USA.
re-gazetted in 1914,
the 3 Bn. Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and
acting Lieutenant-Colonel commanding
Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment,
on 10 December 1917. He
was one of the “WWI Poets".
Henry Hargreaves d. 1918
- Whilst for some time it was assumed that he must have
been Harold Hargreaves, born in
1893, the son of a Burnley colliery clerk, this has now
been found to be incorrect.
in fact, William Henry Hargreaves, born in Birkenhead on
27 July 1882. He was acting, as Henry
Hargreaves, from at least 1906,
in which year he also married. He acted as W.
Henry Hargreaves so as not to be confused with the much
older actor William Hargreaves. Henry
joined the 15th Bn. Middlesex Regiment and later the
Royal Flying Corps, gaining his flying licence on 22 May
1916. He was in Palestine and died of wounds on 8
May 1918. He is buried in the Jerusalem War