Wilson, Kenneth Gordon Wycliffe (1922-1949)
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: Kenneth Gordon Wycliffe Wilson (1922-1949), born 23 July 1922 son of Dr Kenneth John Talbot Wilson, GP, Brentry, White Cliff, Mill Street, Blandford, Dorset.
Attended Charlton Marshall House School, Blandford, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House), September 1936-December 1940; 6th form (Army Class); School Prefect; Head of House; 1st XV (1939-1940); Trebles (1939-1940); CSM in OTC; PT Instructor with Badge; member of the Duffers.
Captain, Royal Artillery.
Died in Hong Kong as a result of a flying accident at Kai Tak while serving with 1903 RAF A.O.P. Flight.
Buried at Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, Plot: Sec 17 Row 10 Plot 3. His gravestone reads: ‘Loyalty, love and happiness, he gave in full measure.’
Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.
The Shirburnian, Winter 1949:
CAPTAIN KENNETH GORDON WILSON, R.A. (g 1936-40), was killed in a flying accident near Hong Kong in August last. He was an Officer of outstanding personality and promise. At school, where he was Head of his House and in the First Fifteen, he at once made his mark by the vigour and frankness of his character, as a small boy playing football and later as a Prefect and as an indomitable member of the Fifteen and in many other directions. His anger when the Germans bombed Sherborne is on record, for he regarded it almost as the violation of a sanctuary. As an Officer, gay, resolute and efficient, he was bound to go far. As a man and a friend he will be sorely missed.