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Raleigh, Adrian Gifford (1898-1939)

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: Adrian Gifford Raleigh (1898-1939), born in Liverpool on 5 January 1898, son of Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh M.A., and of Lady Lucie Raleigh (nee Jackson), of Canterbury, formerly of The Hangings, Ferry Kinksey, Oxford. Lived at 11d Bina Gardens, South Kensington.


Attended C.C. Lynam's school (Dragon School), Oxford.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1911-July 1915.


Glasgow University.




WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Leicestershire Regiment. Awarded the Military Cross in 1918, ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy attack. He always volunteered for any dangerous work, and by daring patrolling brought back valuable information. He set a fine example of courage and good leadership. He was seriously wounded while leading a counter-attack.’


WW2, Major in the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. Died from a blood clot while on active service at Acre, Palestine, on 23 December 1939, aged 41.


Commemorated at:

Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel & Palestine, D. 17. Inscription on his headstone: ‘IN PROUD MEMORY. DEAR YOUNGEST SON OF WALTER AND LUCIE RALEIGH’,-adri...


Dragon School, Oxford, War Memorial.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


The Dragon School Oxford, Memorials of the Old Boys who gave their lives in the War of 1939-1945:

‘His Commanding Officer wrote after the funeral on 24 December 1939: ‘It was a beautiful service in a beautiful setting and, what is very rare, every single person who attended it was really conscious of a personal loss – there were no strangers. For myself it is a very great loss… I cannot tell you what a help he was to me – he ran the training admirably, organised a number of courses which were long overdue, controlled the administration of the Battalion and took a great deal off my hands… Apart from the loss to me personally it was a great blow to my men… We have lost a very fine officer who was utterly devoted to the Regiment and to his duty, as a tried and true friend.’

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