Carr-Ellison, Theodore Ralph Tate (1915-1939)
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: Theodore Ralph Tate Carr-Ellison (1915-1939), born 24 February 1915, son of H.G.C. Carr-Ellison, 15 Portland Terrace, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Attended Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House), May 1928-July 1933; Shooting viii team (1931, 1932, 1933, Captain).
Durham University (Engineering).
Flying Officer, Royal Air Force.
Died on 30 January 1939 in Letchworth Hospital, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, following a flying accident when his Gloster Gladiator K7930 flew into the ground in a snowstorm at Baldock, Hertfordshire on 26 January 1939.
Sherborne School: Book of Remembrance; no.14 Memorial Pew in the School Chapel.
Sherborne School Accounts for the year ended 31 March 1939: OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS CHALLENGE CUP. The late Pilot Officer T.R.T. Carr-Ellison, O.S., has bequeathed a legacy of £20 to the School, to be expended in the provision of a solid silver Challenge Cup "to be awarded annually to such person as is certified to the said Bank by the Head Master for the time being of Sherborne School or other appropriate School Official to be the smartest man carrying himself in an 'Officerly manner' on parade on a day to be fixed by him or the last mentioned Officer and to be announced beforehand to competition for the Cup."
The Shirburnian, March 1939:
THEODORE RALPH TATE CARR-ELLISON (b 1928-33) died in hospital at Letchworth, as the result of a flying accident. He was piloting a single-seater Gloster Gladiator, and a severe snow storm is presumed to have been the cause of the disaster. Captain of the VIII in his last year here, he was afterwards a member of the RAF team which won the Inter-Services match at Bisley last year. A brilliant shot, a keen fisherman, and an outstanding pilot, yet it is for what he was, rather than for what he did that he will be remembered. From the day he came to Sherborne he endeared himself to all who knew him by his cheerfulness, his enthusiasm, his unselfishness and unfailing kindness. Wherever he went he made friends and never an enemy. Modest and chivalrous, he gave his life that others might be in peace, and died, as hived, sans peur et sans reproche.