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Eagar, Denis Geoffrey (1898-1918)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.

 

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

 

Details: Denis Geoffrey Eagar (1898-1918), born at Cheltenham on 10 December 1898, son of Captain Edward Boaz Eagar (5th Northumberland Fusiliers) (7 April 1860-23 November 1899, killed at the relief of Kimberley, South Africa) and Ada Mary Barbara (née Thoyts) (1865-1951) of The Priory, Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire (formerly of The Beeches, Farnborough, Hampshire).

 

Silbings:

Edward Frank Eagar (1890-1958)

Harry St George Thoyts Eagar (1892-1972)

Francis Russell Eagar (1893-1915) www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/9342519794/...

 

Attended Farnborough School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (The Green) May 1912-July 1917; Scholar; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; House XV colours; Cadet Officer in OTC; Officer in Charge of House Gym; PT Squad Leader (1917); member of The Sophists; member of the winning Glee Cup team (1916 & 1917). During Michaelmas term 1914, D.G. Eagar and E.G.J. Kitson gave their services in forming concerts for the wounded soldiers at the red cross detachment at Sherborne Castle. Left shortly before the end of Summer term 1917 to join a Cadet Battalion.

 

Commenced active service, after acceptance into Keble College Oxford. but prior to matriculation.

 

WW1, Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery, B/160th Brigade. Killed by a sniper on the edge of Wytschaete Wood on 28 September 1918 while acting as F.O.O. to his Battery.

 

Commemorated at:

Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 4 to 6 and 162 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1630723/EAGAR,%20DENI...

 

Bishops Cleeve War Memorial.

 

Keble College Oxford First World War Memorial www.keble.ox.ac.uk/about/past/keble-and-the-great-war/rol...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour. Mrs E. Franks donated £20 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of her sons, Lieut. F.R. and 2nd Lieut. D.G. Eagar.

 

His obituary appeared in 'The Shirburnian', November 1918: '2nd Lieut. D.G. Eagar, R.F.A., was killed by a sniper while acting as F.O.O. to his Battery in France on September 28th 1918. He came to Sherborne (The Green) in September 1912, having won a Scholarship in the previous July; he left in July 1917, in the Upper Sixth, a School Prefect and Head of his House. Until the war broke out and the necessity arose Denis Eagar had no thought of following his three elder brothers in a military career, his artistic temperament and musical ability had far other aims in life. He had always hoped to be ordained, and his simple life and singular sweetness of character would seem to have marked him out for the gentler duties of a clerical life. His quiet influence and the memory of his unselfish life here at Sherborne will not fail of their effect on those who knew him best.'

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