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Grove, Philip Cranstoun (1897-1917)

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: Philip Cranstoun Grove (1897-1917), born 14 July 1897, son of John Worrall Grove and Isabel Margaret Grove of Eastcote, Ashtead, Surrey.


Attended The Dene preparatory school, Caterham-on-the-Hill, Surrey.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1911-April 1915.


Attended Sandhurst.


WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's), 2nd Bn. Killed at the battle of Arras during a night attack on the German positions on 11 April 1917.


Commemorated at:

Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, III. D. 28,%20PHILI...


St George's war memorial, Ashtead


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour. Mrs Grove donated £2.2s. to the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of her son, 2nd Lieut. P.C. Grove.


In September 1911, two Sherborne School boys, Arnaldo S. Cortesi and Philip C. Grove, found a piece of bone about five inches long, similar to the anterior rib of the Mongolian wild horse, in a dry valley in Dorset. An outline drawing of the head and forequarters of a horse illustrated the smooth convex face of the bone. The artifact commanded interest because it had been found in a Pleistocene deposit of debris from a quarry and because only one comparable object had ever been found in England, at the Robin Hood Cave, Creswell Crags. The Geological Society heard the first public announcement of this find at its March 11, 1914, meeting. A. S. Kennard, in the ensuing discussion, emphasised the rarity of the specimen. Other people thought it certainly of some Palaeolithic industry. Smith Woodward described it. After Philip Grove’s death there was, however, much debate on the authenticity of the discovery and it was not until 1995 that a report in Nature confirmed that the piece was not Palaeolithic but an “innocent hoax.”

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