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Partridge, Henry Cuthbert (1902-1945)

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: Henry Cuthbert Partridge (1902-1945), born 20 July 1902, son of Noel Henry Essex Partridge (Old Shirburnian) and Lilian Partridge of Brookfield House, Woolavington, Bridgwater, Somerset; husband of Molly Partridge of Henfold, Surrey.


Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1916-July 1921; 6th form; School Prefect; Public Schools Boxing, 1919, 1920; 1st XI cricket team, 1919, 1920, 1921 (captain); 1st XV rugby football team, 1920; won half-mile at Public School Sports, 1921; Gym Colours; Senior Class Leader with Badge; Sergeant in OTC.


Sandhurst; Dorset Regiment, 1923; Royal Fusiliers, 1935; Sandhurst XV.


WW2, Brigadier in the 11th Indian Infantry Brigade (formerly Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment). Mentioned in despatches. Killed on active service over the Adriatic on 23 January 1945, aged 42.


Commemorated at:

Cassino Memorial, Italy, Panel 1,-he...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.


Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'Cuthbert Partridge was acting as Military Conductor to the two Members of Parliament whose aeroplane was lost on its flight from Italy to Greece a few weeks ago: hope of the safety of all on board has now been abandoned. He came to the Prep at Sherborne in 1913 and quickly made his mark as an athlete, and with his sunny nature was popular with everyone. In September 1916 he went on to the Abbey House. He brought to his House by his brilliant athletic career. He was a member of the School XI for three years, being Captain in 1921; he was a good bat and a fine wicket-keeper; he was in the School XV and afterwards played for Somerset; in the School Sports of 1921, he won six open events, an achievement recorded only on three other occasions; in the following holidays he won the Public School half-mile race at Stamford Bridge; he also represented the School for two years in the Public School Boxing Competition. From Sherborne he and his companion of Prep days, Douglas Gaye (they seemed to be inseparable) went to Sandhurst, and thence together in 1923 they joined the Dorsetshire Regiment. In 1933, Cuthbert was appointed Supervising Officer of Physical Training at Sandhurst, a post after his own heart. In 1935 he was gazetted to the Royal Fusiliers as Captain. During the war he served in the Middle East in Libya, in Abyssinia: in Syria (where he was taken prisoner and had the experience of travelling to France via Jugo-Slavia, Austria and Germany before he was released), and finally in Italy, where he was appointed Brigadier and won the D.S.O. In him may be seen the real value of athletics in the formation of character; he was devoted to games of all sorts, and his love of them kept his mind fresh and clean and wholesome, and his body always fit; from them he learnt unselfishness, fair-mindedness and generosity, and through them he came to know the art of leadership which he used with such wisdom and effect, as well as the joy of comradeship; his friends were legion. In private life his one wish seemed to be to make those around him happy and at their ease; he was always cheerful, always kind and unassuming; but you had only to watch him boxing to know what courage, what tenacity, what determination and what fierceness lay concealed behind that gentle exterior: how typical of the best English soldier! He had an alert and intelligent mind and a considerable appreciation of literature. It is difficult to conceive anyone more fitted for the life he had chosen. No doubt, if he had been spared, he would have brought still greater distinction to himself and his old School; but God thought otherwise, and his fine life and work in this world are ended; but we may be sure that they have not been in vain, and there are many who are the better for the privilege of having known him. L.C.P.'

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