Vinter, Robert Bagster Wilson (1896-1916)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: Robert Bagster Wilson Vinter (1896-1916), born 5 April 1896 at Udal Garth, Torpoint, Cornwall, son of Dr Sydney Garratt Vinter (Royal Army Medical Corps) and Frances Vinter (nee Toms) of Udal Garth, Torpoint R.S.O., Cornwall.
Attended Garfield School, Plymouth, Devon, and Sherborne Preparatory School.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1909-December 1914; Foundation Scholarship (1909); 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House (1913); Head of School (December 1914); Classics Medal; Leweston Prize; Latin Prose prize; English Essay prize (1914 ‘The East India Company’); English Verse prize (1914 ‘Glastonbury’); Secretary of the School Archaeological Society; member of the Sophists; Corporal in the OTC.
Scholar-Elect, Keble College, Oxford.
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Worcestershire Regiment, 6th Bn. (Reserve). Obtained his commission on 2 February 1915. Served with the Expeditionary Force in France and Flanders. Awarded the Military Cross on 24 June 1916 for conspicuous gallantry in taking a mine crater by bombing with half a dozen men, though wounded early on in the action. Killed at the Somme, between Les Boeufs and Morval, on 31 October 1916 and buried there, aged 20.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, December 1916:
'VINTER, R.B.W. Vinter, M.C., came to Sherborne in 1910; he became head of Mr Carey's House in 1913 and head of the School in December 1914. He won a scholarship at Oriel College, Oxford, but the demands made upon him by his country prevented him from making use of it. He joined the Worcester Regiment early in 1915 and gained the Military Cross in July. After paying a brief visit to his old School, he returned to France, where he received wounds from which he died.'
Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 5 A and 6 C www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/818081/VINTER,%20ROBE...
Antony War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.com/Cornwall/Antony.html.
Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; no.88 Memorial Pew (currently situated on the War Memorial Staircase); Abbey House roll of honour. Dr and Mrs Vinter donated £50 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of their son, 2nd Lt. R.B.W. Vinter, MC. 2nd Lt. R.B.W. Vinter MC also bequeathed to the School Library a copy of The Parallel New Testament Greek and English or The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, being the authorised version set forth in 1611 arranged in parallel columns with the revised version of 1811, and with the Greek Text followed in the revised version. (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1909) (Beckett Room B1/5).
Cornish Collections, 100 Faces, 100 Stories: www.100firstworldwarstories.co.uk/Robert-Vinter/story/