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Winnicott, Robert Richard (1922-1942)

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: Robert Richard Winnicott (1922-1942), born on 2 March 1922 at Plymouth, son of Harold Winnicott and Beatrice Emma Winnicott (née Balkwill) of 'Kenmore', Bainbridge Avenue, Hartley, Plymouth.

 

Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (School House) January 1936-July 1940; 6th form; House Prefect; 1st XV rugby football (1939); 2nd XI (1940); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in OTC.

 

WW2, Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. Killed in action on the beaches at Dieppe on 19 August 1942, aged 20.

 

Commemorated at:

Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, Seine-Maritime, France, C. 31. Inscription on his headstone: ‘WHAT HERE IS FAITHFULLY BEGUN SHALL BE COMPLETE, NOT UNDONE.’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2317547/winnicott,-ro...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.

 

Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Robert Richard Winnicott, son of H. Winnicott, Esq., Kenmore, Bembridge Avenue, Hartley, Plymouth, came to Sherborne in January 1936, from the Sherborne Preparatory School, a very shy young boy who quickly showed himself to be the possessor of, not only a very friendly and attractive personality, but a great sense of determination and perseverance. He was a strong and resolute runner, was a member of one of those great unbeaten sides which the School produced for three years running just about that time. Immediately on the outbreak of war he joined the Navy, the obvious branch of service for him as he had always been a keen yachtsman during the holidays. He was actually the first old boy to appear at the School in sailor's uniform complete with bell bottom trousers, a sight which has become familiar enough since, but at that time he created no small stir. But Bob Winnicott was in no sense put out of countenance; he was proud of the service and realised no doubt that it would not be long before he exchanged the sailor's uniform for an officer's, a transformation which took place with a rapidity which would be considered nowadays quite unusual. He loved the sea and anything to do with it, and if he had to die right on the threshold of his career there is no death he would have chosen more readily. He was killed in an attack on the French Coast at Dieppe, one of the many who paved the way by that gallant failure for the brilliant successes of June 1944, and the liberation of Europe.'

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