Huxtable, Adrian Anthony (1920-1943)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Adrian Anthony Huxtable (1920-1943), born 10 February 1920, son of Major Charles Hubert Anthony Huxtable, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C., and Helen Mary Huxtable, of Preston, Dorset, formerly of Avenue House, Dorchester, Dorset.
Attended Connaught House Preparatory School, Weymouth, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1933-July 1938; 6th form; House Prefect; PT Instructor; Lance Corporal in the OTC.
WW2, Lieutenant, 88 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died from dysentery as a prisoner of war at South Toucna, Siam, on 5 July 1943, aged 23.
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand, 4. G. 78. Inscription on his headstone: ‘BELOVED SON OF HELEN AND ANTHONY HUXTABLE. ALWAYS REMEMBERED' www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2823189/huxtable,-adr...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1945: 'Adrian Anthony Huxtable, Lieutenant, R.A. (h, '33-'38) came to Sherborne from Connaught House. Ill health in his early days prevented him from taking as full a part in school life as he wished. Later on, however, he developed his full strength and gained his House Cap for football. He was a House Prefect and a very happy and reliable person with a zest for life, an excellent sense of humour and many friends. There have been many tributes to his memory from a variety of sources, but the tribute from a correspondent in the 'Times' sums him up, perhaps, best of all. The writer says: "Adrian's life was gloriously clean, unselfish and honest. He loved life and the simple things, and the ways of peace, but gladly he went to serve, and to endure great hardships after the fall of Singapore. Those who knew him at school at Sherborne, and after, will never forget his happy charming personality and his dauntless courage to the end." He died of dysentery as a prisoner of war in July 1943.'
Obituary in 'The Times', 8 September 1945: 'Lieutenant A.A. Huxtable. A correspondent writes: The death from dysentery as a prisoner of war in Malaya in July, 1943, of Lieutenant A.A. Huxtable, 88th Field Regiment, R.A., has brought great sorrow to all who knew him. Adrian's life was gloriously clean, unselfish, and honest. He loved life and the simple things, and the ways of peace, but gladly went to serve, and to endure great hardships after the fall of Singapore. Those who knew him at school at Sherborne, and after, will never forget his happy, charming personality and his dauntless courage to the end. He was the elder son of Lieutenant-Colonel H.A.C. Huxtable, D.S.O., M.C., R.A., and Mrs Huxtable, of Vancourtland, Wyke Regis, Weymouth.'