Edward Vivian Birchall

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Edward Vivian Dearman Birchall (10 August 1884 – 10 August 1916[1]), was an English philanthropist who died of wounds at the Battle of the Somme. He left a legacy of £1000 for the promotion of voluntary services. The money was used to help create, in 1919, the National Council of Social Services. It later became the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, an umbrella body for charities in England.[2]

He was born on 10 August 1884 at Bowden Hall,[nb 1] Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, the son of Dearman and Emily Jowitt Birchall.[1]

Birchall was a captain in the 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion. He died on 10 August 1916 and is buried in France, at Étaples Military Cemetery near Boulogne.


  1. ^ Bowden Hall was purchased by the Birchall family in 1868 and is now a hotel. "Bowden Hall, (also known as Creed's Place, Bounden Hall and Bowden Hall Ramada Hotel Gloucester), Upton St Leonards, England. Record Id: 5811". Parks and Gardens UK. 4 December 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2015.


  1. ^ a b Laybourn, Keith (September 2004). Birchall, Edward Vivian Dearman (1884–1916), philanthropist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ Smith, Susan (5 August 2014). "Soldier's legacy lives on through a century of voluntary action". Third Force News. Retrieved 1 July 2015.