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Hoare, Keith Peter (1921-1943)

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


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Details: Keith Peter Hoare (1921-1943), born 8 January 1921, son of Commander Keith Robin Hoare, D.S.O., D.S.C., R.N., and Brenda Hoare of Little Ellers, Portinscale, Keswick.


Attended West Downs School, Winchester, Hampshire.


Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1934-March 1939; 6th form (Army Class); House Prefect; Sergeant in OTC; PT Instructor with Badge.


Royal Military College, Sandhurst.


WW2, Captain, 44th Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps (RAC). Killed in action at sea when approaching Avola Beach, Sicily, on 10 July 1943, aged 22.


Commemorated at:

Syracuse War Cemetery, Sicily, Italy II. G. 5. Inscription on his headstone: ‘JUST ONE OF THE MANY HAPPY BOYS WHOSE LIVES WERE CUT SHORT SO TRAGICALLY’,-keith-...


Above Derwent War Memorial


West Downs School War Memorial


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Keith Peter Hoare came to Sherborne in 1934 and entered the last pre-war Sandhurst in 1939. On passing out of Sandhurst he joined the 43rd Battalion, Royal Tank Regiment. He went out to the Middle East and was killed when landing on the south coast of Sicily shortly after the invasion of the island began. He was a House Prefect, won his House Cap for football and was a good swimmer. He combined utter fearlessness with a gentleness and simplicity which were the hallmarks of a fine character.'

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