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Harris, John Stewart (1917-1941)

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 Stewart Harris (1917-1941), born 11 May 1917, son of Frederick Stewart Harris and Evelyn Jane Harris, of Headley Down, Hampshire (formerly of Madras, India).


Attended Connaught House preparatory school, Weymouth, Dorset.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) April 1931-December 1935; 6th form; Prefect; Head of House; 1st XI cricket team, 1935.


Chartered accountancy.


WW2, Pilot Officer, 54 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Shot down over Palais de Calais area, France on 4 September 1941, aged 24.


Commemorated at:

Dunkirk Town Cemetery, Nord, France, Plot 2 Row 2 Grave 27. Inscription on his headstone: ‘MOURNED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM’,-john-...


Brookwood Cemetery on his parents' grave.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'John Stewart Harris was Head of his House and in the School Cricket XI. He had a very clear mathematical mind and was engaged in Accountancy after leaving School. There is no doubt that he would have gone high in his profession but for the war. No details of his death have come through.'


His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1942): 'John Stewart Harris. Head of the House in 1933, School Cricket XI. Jack Harris, after leaving school, was engaged on Accountancy and would have done very well but for the war. He turned up here one day already in the Air Force and I have no doubt that he was destined for great success, for he had a clear mathematical mind and the ability of the cricketer in action. Such men can ill be spared. Dis aliter visum adn we must accept it.'


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