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Chichester, John Richard (1930-1949)

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


Details: John Richard Chichester (1930-1949), born 7 July 1930 at Hendon, Middlesex, son of Neville Baldwin Chichester MC and Louise Chichester (née Soltan), Trewince, Seaview, Isle of Wight.


Attended Little Appley School, Ryde, Isle of Wight.


Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House), May 1944-March 1948; House Prefect; 2nd XI hockey team; PT instructor with badge.


Lance-Corporal, 1st Bn, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died on 1 April 1949 at the British Military Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica.


Buried with full Military Honours at Kingston, Jamaica.


Commemorated at:

Sherborne School: Book of Remembrance; Memorial plaque formerly at Westcott House.


The Shirburnian, Summer 1949:


John Richard Chichester (h 1944-48) came to Sherborne from Little Appley Preparatory School, Ryde, Isle of Wight, where he was Head of the School for his last year. In his early days at Sherborne he rapidly outgrew his strength, which prevented him from realising his hopes and ambitions as quickly and as fully as he obviously wanted to. Naturally shy and lacking in confidence, it was only at the end of his school career that he began to fulfil his early promise. But he became a House Prefect and kept goal at Hockey for the 2nd XI and showed considerable promise as a High Jumper. He was very good with his hands, some of his work in carpentry being outstandingly finished.

He enlisted as a volunteer on 16th September 1948 and was appointed a Lance Corporal on 29th November whilst attending a Leader Course at the Coldstream Guard Training Battalion at Aldershot. He was posted to the 1st Battalion, The Gloucestershire Regiment and arrived in Jamaica on 1st March 1949. He died suddenly on 1st April and was buried with full Military Honours at Kingston, Jamaica. The whole Battalion and all the Officers were present at the funeral.


Photographs of the funeral are available on the Gloucestershire Regiment website:

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