Palmer, Alan Vaughan (1934-1954)

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    Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who have lost their lives in the service of their country, 1919-1939 and 1946 to date.

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    Credit: Sherborne School Archives, Abbey Road, Sherborne, Dorset, UK, DT9 3AP.

    Details: Alan Vaughan Palmer (1934-1954), born 4 September 1934, son of Colonel Godfrey Vaughan Palmer, CBE, and Marjorie Palmer (née Drysdale), Ivy House, Hoo, near Rochester, Kent.

    Attended Bagshotte School, Wokingham, Berkshire.

    Attended Sherborne School (School House), September 1948-July 1952; Scholar; 6th form; member of the Interpretes and the Wildman Society; Lance-Corporal in CCF.

    Lieutenant, Queen's Royal Regiment.

    Killed on 12 April 1954 while on detached operational duty at Rompin, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

    Commemorated at:
    Seremban Christian Cemetery, Negri Sembilan.
    Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.

    The Shirburnian, Summer 1954:
    A.V. PALMER (a, 1948-1952). Alan Palmer came to Sherborne in September 1948. Arriving amongst an intake of record size, he had, with one or two others, perforce to bypass Elmdene, and so found himself that comparative rarity – a new boy in School House. But it was soon quite plain that any special solicitude was needless; here was one who would make his ay readily enough. As might be expected from a scholar, success in the classroom was his from the start. But he was versatile and as time went on could be relied upon for a useful contribution in many ways – were it membership of a house football or cricket side or playing the accompaniments in an instrumental competition. Naturally quiet in himself, he increasingly revealed a very shrewd outlook and a keen sense of humour, and by his personal qualities seemed marked out for responsibility and office. But when the time came, it was apparent that dates (he had been just 14 on entering the school) were awkward; so the steady contribution of four years did not reach the conventional climax of a fifth, and he left in the summer of 1952 to avoid a gap between National Service and Oxford. Commissioned into the Queen’s Royal Regiment (of which his father had commanded a battalion stationed in Sherborne in 1940) he was accidentally killed in Malaya on April 12th on detached operational duty. His C.O. wrote, “His death is a great military and personal loss to us.”
    Our very sincere sympathy is extended to his father and mother in the loss of their only son.

    Donation to Sherborne School of a silver bugle and a map www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/27470757201...
    Alan Vaughan Palmer's father, Colonel G.V. Palmer, and the 1/5th Bn. The Queen’s Royal Regiment were stationed in Sherborne in 1940. The battalion borrowed from the School instruments to supplement their brass band. In May 1940, the instruments were lost in action/captured in France/Belgium by the 105th German Division during the battalion’s movement towards Dunkirk. Later, a silver bugle was presented to the School by the 1st/5th Bn. The Queen’s Royal Regiment in lieu of the instruments lost.

    The regiment also presented the School with a coloured printed map showing the movements of the 1/5th Bn. The Queen’s Royal Regiment towards Dunkirk in 1940. Presented to Sherborne School by their commanding officer Colonel Godfrey Vaughan Palmer.

    The inscription on the bugle reads:
    ‘Presented by 1st/5th Bn. The Queen’s Royal Regiment as a memento of the Band Instruments lent by Sherborne School and lost in action in Belgium, May 1940.’

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