On 18th June; the day following the wounding of Lieutenant Trollope, the 2nd Battalion lost another officer; 2nd Lieutenant E.F. Llarena who was killed by a splinter from a shell in 'Y' wood.
Born in Belgium in 1892, Eustace Fernando Llarena was educated at Dulwich College where he rose to Sergeant in the Officer's Training Corps. He joined Guy's Hospital, London in 1910, passing his first examinations in 1912.
When war was declared, he joined the Artists' Rifles in August 1914 and went with them to France in late 1914. Whilst there he obtained a commission in the field and became a Second Lieutenant in 2nd Suffolk.
A keen sportsman, "Larry" excelled at sports, gaining his "rugger blue" in the 1912-1913 season and was following this success a regular in the 1st XV. He also excelled at water polo being a member of the hospital team from 1911 until 1914 when he joined up. He was also a member of the inter-hospital swimming four.
The special memorial number of the Guy's hospital Report carried the following appreciation of Lieutenant Llarena: "By the death of E.F. Llarena the hospital has lost one of her best athletes who answered the call to arms during the first week of war and now must be added to the Roll of Honour of Guy's men, who have met that glorious end on the battlefield."
A fine athlete and promising doctor, he would have risen high in either profession.
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