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Rouse, Trevor Hastings (1916-1940)

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: Trevor Hastings Rouse (1916-1940), born 14 June 1916, son of A.B. Rouse, Pendennis, Sevenoaks, Kent.

 

Attended St Cross School, Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1929-December 1934; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; House Prefect; Class Leader with Badge; Sergeant in OTC; member of Duffers.

 

Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; Royal Engineers.

 

Queens' College, Cambridge.

 

WW2, Lieutenant, 17 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Killed in action at Dunkirk on 1 June 1940, aged 23, on board minesweeper HMS Skipjack www.halcyon-class.co.uk/skipjack/hms_skipjack.htm

 

Commemorated at:

Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France, Column 20 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2767055/ROUSE,%20TREV...

 

Sevenoaks War Memorial www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/node/121041

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.

 

Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Trevor Hastings Rouse was Head of House and would have risen high in his profession had he lived. "He was such a grand lad in every way, all of us loved him and were proud of him. He was a fine soldier and a brave gentleman, a loss which can never be replaced." In the fighting before Dunkirk, after his gunners had been killed, in full view of the Germans, he replaced a gun that had been knocked over and fired it single-handed till ordered to retire. On the beaches he got hold of a motor-boat whose engines had broken down, and rowed it backwards and forward getting his men off, doing no end of journeys. Ordered to board a minesweeper, he was killed just after boarding the boat.'

 

His housemaster, A.N. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1940): 'Trevor Hastings Rouse, Lieutenant, R.E., entered the School in 1929. He was Head of the House and would have risen high in his profession, had he lived. He was killed just after boarding his boat at Dunkirk at dawn on June 1st. A brother Officer has mentioned his gallant behaviour in the previous fighting after his gunners had been killed. In full view of the Germans he replaced a gun that had been knocked over and fired it single-handed till ordered to retire. So passed "a very gallant gentleman," who had a host of friends and never an enemy. I have just received some further details. I will quote the letter as it stands. "... with the little dog he carried all the way, on that ghastly retreat, and which he had on board the minesweeper 'Skip-Jack' down in the engine-room with him while drying his clothes when that fatal bomb took him." I heard from his batman the other day, who said that he and the men were all proud to serve him. His brother Officer and greatest friend, whom I met the other day, told me how at Dunkirk Bob and his Major had got hold of a motor-boat whose engine had broken down, and they set to and got it going, Bob rowing forwards and backwards getting the men off, doing no end of journeys; and just as they were all ready to make for Dover the command came from the Navy to say they were to embark in the minesweeper... His C.O. wrote about him: 'He was such a grand lad in every way, all of us loved him and were proud of him. He was a fine soldier and a brave gentleman, a loss which can never be replaced.' I am grateful for the permission to print this. It is a privilege for us to read it.'

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