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Turrell, Henry Gifford (1898-1917)

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: Henry Gifford Turrell (1898-1917), born 16 March 1898 at Oxford, only child of Dr Walter John Turrell and Margaret Sybil Turrell (nee Lywood), of Cherwell Lodge, Magdalen Bridge, Oxford. Brother of Honor Edith Turrell (1904-2001).


Attended Oxford Preparatory School as a day boy, 1906-1911.


Attended Sherborne School (The Green) September 1911-December 1913 (withdrawn); won R.H.S. medal for life saving. Appears as 'Burgoyne' in A.R. Waugh's semi-autobiographical novel about Sherborne School, 'The Loom of Youth' (1917)


Attended Queen's College, Oxford, 1915-1917.


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (received commission on 25 January 1917). Died on 3 November 1917 at St Thomas' Hospital, London, of wounds received on 22 August 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele. Funeral service held in Queen's College Chapel on 5 November 1917.


Buried at Holywell Cemetery, Oxfordshire,%20HEN...


Commemorated at:

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.


His C.O., Captain Brown, wrote: 'I never knew him anything but cheerful and willing during the whole time he was in my Company, and the way he put up with a terrible wound in the head during the whole of that 22nd of August shows what a brave spirit he had. I have left many brave fellows up north of Ypres, but none that I deplore more than your son.'


See Skipper's War blog:

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