Yeo, John Maurice Macfarlane (1916-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: John Maurice Macfarlane Yeo (1916-1944), born 30 October 1916, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Moritz Rodwell Yeo, OBE (Royal Marines) and Flora Irma Yeo, of 9 George Street, Bridport Harbour, Dorset.
Attended St Christopher's School, Bath.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1930-July 1934; 6th form; House Prefect.
Articled to a solicitor.
WW2, Captain, 147th Regiment (10th Bn. The Hampshire Regiment), Regiment Royal Armoured Corps (RAC). Killed in action at Wuustwezel, Belgium on 22 October 1944, aged 27.
Originally buried at St Leonard, Belgium and reburied at Geel War Cemetery, Antwerpen, Belgium, III.B.12. Inscription on his headstone: ‘MAY GOD GRANT US TO GREAT A LOVE, SO LARGE A COURAGE THAT WE SHALL NOT FAIL HIM.’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2806792/yeo,-john-mau...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'John Maurice Macfarlane Yeo was killed in N.W. Europe in October last. At School he was in the VIth Form and destined for the Law. Without particular success in games, for his eyesight was always a handicap there, he exercised an influence beyond the ordinary by reason of his utter sincerity and perfect adjustment to his surroundings. In peace and amid the crude realities of war he was completely genuine, and up to the end his letters home showed what Sherborne meant to him. From the Sappers he transferred to the RAC, and it was with them that he was killed in action.'