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Greig, John Philip (1911-1940)

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 Philip Greig (1911-1940), born 30 July 1911, son of Stuart Douglas Greig (Old Shirburnian) and Eveline Greig of Coppice House, Caterham, Surrey.

 

Attended Doon House Preparatory School, Westgate-on-Sea, Kent.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) May 1925-April 1930; House Prefect; First Class Gym; Class Leader with Badge; XXX Blazer.

 

Fruit farming in Brazil.

 

WW2, killed as a civilian on 6 July 1942, aged 30, while returning home from Brazil to join up when his ship SS Avila Star was torpedoed off the Azores uboat.net/allies/merchants/1902.html

 

Commemorated at:

S.S. Avila Star (civilian war dead) www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/3167630/greig,-john-p...

 

Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour 1939-1945, St George’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey.

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.

 

Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'J.P. Greig loved his school life. He was universally popular and as honest as the day, a boy of sterling character. He went into business and was sent out to Brazil in 1940. He tried hard to get home to take his share in the war, but was not released until 1942. His ship was sunk on the way home. He was universally loved. Simplicity and sincerity were his chief characteristics, but he had a clear idea of what was right and was completely unspoilt in doing it. Yet he made no enemies.'

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