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Hartley Watson, Rupert (1912-1940)

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: Rupert Hartley Watson (1912-1940), born 1 April 1912, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Hartley Watson (late of the 3rd Dragoon Guards) and Kathleen Nona Hartley Watson of Powderham Rectory, Exeter.


Siblings: Anthony Hartley Watson (1915-1936).


Attended Naish House preparatory school, Burnham-on-Sea.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) January 1926-July 1929.


Director of silk embroidery factory.


Flight-Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, Special Reserve, 1931.


WW2, Squadron-Leader (Pilot), 504 Squadron, Royal Air Force (Auxiliary Air Force). Killed when his aircraft crashed on return to RAF Martlesham Heath within the grounds of Ditchingham House, Bungay, Norfolk, on 30 April 1940, aged 28.


Commemorated at:

Powderham (St Clement) Churchyard, Devon, east of church


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; memorial pew in the School chapel (underneath the organ loft).


For further information visit Aircrew Remembered:

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