Mead, Timothy Austen (1916-1940)

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    Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.

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    Details: Timothy Austen Mead (1916-1940), born 26 May 1916, son of Colonel Stephen Mead R.A., DSO, and of Beatrice Eleanor Mead (nee Willan), of 179 West Heath Road, Hindhead, Surrey. His great-great-grandfather was Charles John Austen, the youngest brother of the novelist, Jane Austen.

    Attended Lexden House preparatory school, Eastbourne.

    Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) January 1930-July 1934; 6th form; House Prefect; Class Leader with Badge; Trebles (1933-1934); Sergeant in OTC; member of The Duffers.

    Woolwich; Royal Artillery.

    WW2, Captain, 10 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action near St Maur by Tournai, Belgium, on 20 May 1940, aged 23.

    Commemorated at:
    Originally buried at Ere in Belgium and rebuired at Esquelmes War Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium, V. B. 30. Inscription on his headstone: ‘THANKS BE TO GOD WHICH GIVETH US THE VICTORY THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2254056/mead,-timothy...

    Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Tim Mead, who was killed in action in Flanders in 1940, was the second son of Brigadier and Mrs Mead of Alverton, Bristol. He was at Abbeylands from 1930 to 1934. On leaving School he went to Woolwich and was duly commissioned in the Royal Artillery. Diminutive of stature, he had a great heart, and earned distinction at Rugger, playing in representative matches for the Army in the years before the war. Memories of him as he was at Sherborne bring back a small figure full of energy and the joy of living, and overflowing with kindliness and good humour.'

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