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Renton, Mervyn John (1899-1941)

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: Mervyn John Renton (1899-1941), born on 10 December 1899 at Hampstead, London, son of John Renton, merchant, and Agnes Violet Renton (née Pennell-Percy) of Vernon House, Eastbourne.


Married to Barbara Frances Renton (née Sandys). Lived at Fulford House, Fulford, Yorkshire.


Attended The Beacon School, Seven Oaks.


Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1912-April 1918; 6th form; Prefect; 1st XV rugby football team, 1915, 1916, 1917 (captain).


Woolwich (senior under-officer, sword of honour, captain of XV); Royal Field Artillery.


Awarded the Sword of Honour at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, 1919.


Barrister-at-Law (Inner Temple).


WW2, Major, 31 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Awarded the Order of Rafadin. Died on 2 August 1941 of wounds received at Fort Caput, aged 41.


Commemorated at:

Suez War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt, 1. A. 11. Inscription on his headstone: ‘DIED OF WOUNDS RECEIVED IN ACTION A BEAU SABREUR SANS PEUR ET SANS REPROCHE’,-mervy...


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


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1941: ' "Tubby" Renton, as he was known in the Artillery, was a Prefect at School, in the XV for three years, being captain in the last. He represented the Shop at Rugby and at boxing and on passing out won the Sword of Honour as Senior Under-Officer. As a soldier he soon made his mark and a correspondent of the R.A. Regimental News describes him as being one hundred per cent efficient and with exceptional powers of leadership and organisation, combined with cheerfulness and a sense of humour under adverse conditions. It was not only in his profession that he excelled; but grit and determination, and without coaching, he became a barrister-at-law (Inner Temple) and as a result of extensive reading he was able to talk with knowledge on many subjects. In addition to this he found time to take an active part in games; though an expert rider and swimmer he was perhaps at his best when skiing and shooting and he had several tigers to his credit. The story of his exploit when he received the wounds which resulted in his death has yet to be told but it epitomises the pluck and dash which contributed to his character. It is enough to say that after direct hits on the armoured vehicle in which he was moving far behind the enemy lines he succeeded in rescuing the driver and returning to our line despite a shattered arm and other wounds. So passes one who has brought credit on the School he loved and to the great regiment which he served so faithfully.'

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