Madden, Richard Wyndham (1970-1996)
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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Details: Richard Wyndham Madden (1970-1996), born on 12 April 1970, son of Brian K. Madden FRCS, The Manor House, Chilthorne Dormer, Yeovil, Somerset.
Attended Hazelgrove House School, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset.
Attended Sherborne School (The Digby), 1983-1988; 6th form; under officer in CCF; sang in the choir for five years; played in the first orchestra; 1st XI cricket team; House Prefect.
Durham University (Army Bursary), Russian BA.
Lieutenant, Light Dragoons.
Killed on 28 January 1996 in a mine explosion in Titov Devar, Bosnia.
Sherborne School library (memorial plaque).
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Record, 1996:
R.W. MADDEN (m 1983-88).
Richard came to Sherborne in 1983. He followed his elder brother David and, indeed, his younger sister Susannah, who had taken her Cambridge entrance from the School. He has a thoroughly successful Sherborne career. In his final year he secured a place to read Russian at Durham and on the way he had been under officer in the CCF, he had sung in the choir for five years, played in the first orchestra, scored for the 1st XI, played in the 2nd XI and had been a house prefect. Without in any way detracting from his achievements at Sherborne it would be fair to say that the most distinctive and lasting impression he made was as a person. He was enthusiastic, lively, completely straightforward in his relationships with his contemporaries and with the staff, engagingly ebullient. He spent a gap year teaching English in Zimbabwe before going to Durham. While there, he was much involved with the Northumbrian Universities OTC and won an Army Scholarship for his final year. After graduation he went to Sandhurst where he was a Junior Under Officer and he opted for the Light Dragoons. He was immediately posted to the Regiment’s HQ at Hohne in Germany. He eventually passed out top of the troop leaders course and won the Royal Armoured Corps prize donated by the Armourers and Braziers. He was gazetted a captain in November. He was killed after serving a fortnight in Bosnia and ten days before he would have taken up his new rank. It is abundantly clear that he was a young man full of promise, widely admired, someone held in deep affection by a great number of people. All who knew him deeply regret his death and express his sympathy to his family.