Marker, Eric Gerald (1922-1941)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Eric Gerald Marker (1922-1941), born 27 February 1922, son of E.R. Marker and Margaret A. Marker, of Gittisham Hill, Honiton, Devon.
Attended Ravenswood preparatory school, Tiverton.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) May 1935-July 1939; 6th form; House Prefect.
WW2, Pilot Officer, 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed on active service off Doonberg, Co. Clare, Ireland, on 3 December 1941, aged 19.
Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, Panel 33 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1079932/marker,-eric-...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Eric Gerald Marker lost his life off the Irish Coast when his plane came down in the sea. At School he was competent all round with a special love of cricket and gardening. As his Squadron-Leader wrote: "He was a charming fellow; his delightful outlook and character were a definite asset to the Squadron. We have lost a grand fellow." We, who knew him, endorse that. He had countless friends and never an enemy.'
His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1942): 'Eric Gerald Marker lost his life off the Irish Coast, when his plane came down in the sea. "He was a charming fellow. His delightful outlook and character were a definite asset to the Squadron. We have lost a grand fellow." We, who knew him, will endorse that with all our hearts. His friends will remember his love of gardening. The two wild cherry trees which he gave me are a constant reminder.'
For further information about the crash visit the Foreign Aircraft Landings, Ireland, 1939-1945 website: skynet.ie/~dan/war/w3988.htm