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Lochore, John Alexander (1915-1944)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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


Details: John Alexander Lochore (1915-1944), born 22 October 1915, son of Sir James Lochore, Kt., J.P., and Lady Lochore, of Chearsley Hill, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Married to Hazel Mary Lochore (nee Brooke) and lived at Midfearn Cottage, Ardgay, Ross-shire, and later at Burgie Main House, Forres, Morayshire, with their two children Hamish John Lochore and Fiona Margery Lochore.


Attended Alton Burn School, Nairn.


Attended Sherborne School (The Green) September 1929-July 1934; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; XXX Blazer (1932); Class Leader with Badge; 1st Class Gym; Gym Squad (1933-34); Sergeant in OTC; member of Duffers.


Hertford College, Oxford.




Seaforth Highlanders Territorial Army, 1937.


WW2, Major in the Seaforth Highlanders (The Duke of Albany's). Killed in action at Tourville, near Caen, Normandy, on 30 June 1944, aged 28.


Commemorated at:

Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Calvados, France, XIII. E. 5,-john...


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


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'John Alexander Lochore, Major, Seaforth Highlanders, was a School Prefect and Head of his House. He joined the Territorial Army in 1937, and obtained a commission in the Regular Army just before the outbreak of war. He was killed in action in Italy in July 1944.'


Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, November 1944:

'Lochore, John Alexander (c 1929-1934) was a School Prefect and Head of The Green. On leaving he went to Hertford College, Oxford and on going down was engaged in farming. He joined the Seaforth Highlanders (T.A.) and at the time of his death in action was a Major. A correspondent in The Times writes: "He was small in stature but full in heart, a keen all-round sportsman whose good-humoured face was more often than not puckered up with his tremendous sense of fun. His character was a near perfect blend of chivalry, generosity, humour and common sense. His standards were high, but his demands on others never so hard as those he imposed on himself. The whole brigade regarded the loss of John Lochore as a personal one, and never have troops been so determined to get their own back. He was the finest and bravest little man that I have ever had the privilege to meet. His example will remain with many." '

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