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Woodhouse, Oliver George (1901-1940)

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: Oliver George Woodhouse (1901-1940), born at Hilton, Dorset, on 29 June 1901, son of George Edward Woodhouse, brewer, and of Susan Henrietta Sealy Woodhouse (nee Fisher) of Nordon, Blandford, Dorset. Married to Eileen Mary Joyce Woodhouse (nee Heriz-Smith). Lived at Wonham House, Godstone, Surrey.


Attended Connaught House School, Weymouth.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) May 1915-December 1919; Longmuir Drawing prize, 1918; shooting viii, 1919.


Sandhurst; Wiltshire Regiment; promoted Captain into Royal West Kent Regiment.


WW2, Major in the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Killed in action on 29 May 1940, aged 38.


Commemorated at:

Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France, Plot 5. Row C. Grave 22. Inscription on his headstone: ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’,%20...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, October 1940:

'Woodhouse, Oliver George (a 1915-1919). Woodhouses have been associated with Marlborough and Sherborne for over 50 years. It has been a family tradition to send sons to one or other school alternately; it fell to Oliver's lot to come to Sherborne in 1915. Between Marlburian and Shirburnian brothers there was always a good-natured but keen rivalry and Oliver was a keen champion of Sherborne, both in his schooldays and afterwards. His love of all things connected with the School was shown even after his death during the evacuation from Dunkirk for he has left by his will £100 to Sherborne House in Southwark. In a personal tribute to his memory The Times records that "though he should have stayed on the Staff he moved heaven and earth to get back to his regiment and was promised that he should be left with them for at least three months. He is with them for ever." '

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