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Fenn, Edward Gerald Palmer (1894-1918)

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: Edward Gerald Palmer Fenn (1894-1918), born 2 September 1894, son of Dr. Edward Liveing Fenn (Old Shirburnian), J.P., and Edith Fenn of Alston Court, Nayland, Colchester. Native of Colchester.


Attended Wellesley House preparatory school, Broadstairs, Kent.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1908-April 1914; 6th form; Prefect; 1st XV rugby football team 1912, 1913; Sergeant in OTC. Appears as 'Hazelton' in A.R. Waugh's semi-autobiographical novel about Sherborne School, 'The Loom of Youth' (1917)

Characters of the XV (1912-1913) (The Shirburnian, April 1913):

‘E.G.P. FENN (1912-13). Improved out of all recognition into a sound and honest forward. Should use his feet more and make a speciality of the line out.’

Characters of the XV, 1914 (The Shirburnian, March 1914):

‘E.G.P. FENN (1912-13-14). A very sound and honest forward, quite invaluable in tight scrums. Showed up well occasionally in the loose, but needs more fire to be a scoring forward.’


Attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

‘In Cambridge Now (The Shirburnian, April 1915):

‘E.C. Fenn (Emm.) is very annoyed with the War Office for not allowing him to take a commission. He is a very energetic supporter of all the now nearly moribund Rugger XV’s.’


WW1, Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers; attached to 1/5th Bn., The Essex Regiment. Killed in action in Palestine on 19 September 1918.


Commemorated at:

Ramleh War Cemetery, U. 75,%20EDWARD...


Alston Court, Nayland War Memorial


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance. Mrs Fenn donated £5.5s. towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of her son, 2nd Lt. E.G.P. Fenn.

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