Druce "Drucie" Robert Brandt was born at "Rookcliffe", Palace Road. The younger son of Robert Edmund Adolphus Eugene Brandt, a Russian timber and grain merchant, and Florence (nee Druce) Brandt of 15 Lennox Gardens in London and later of 23 Brompton Square, London SW3. He was christened at Christ Church, Streatham Hill on the 4th of December 1887. He was known by his family as Bob.
He attended Hazelwood and Harrow Schools and in 1904 he was elected to a Domus Classical Exhibition at Balliol College Oxford. He kept wicket for Oxford against Cambridge in 1907.
On the day war was declared he applied for a commission in the 5th Battalion Rifle Brigade and was killed in action 6 July 1915. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) memorial
He is commemorated on the war memorial at Harrow School, on the memorial at Balliol College Oxford and on the MCC memorial at Lord's Cricket Ground.
(Source Hazelwood School. Images IWM, Balliol College and Great War Forum)