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Shawyer, Geoffrey Maurice (1922-1944)

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: Geoffrey Maurice Shawyer (1922-1944), born in the Uganda Protectorate on 15 June 1922, son of Charles William Shawyer (retired civil servant) and Fanny Gertrude Shawyer of Moorlands, Hutton, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, later of St Maur, Yelverton, Devon.


Attended Worden House School, Upper Deal.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) May 1936-December 1939.


Estate Agent.


WW2, Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Regiment. Killed in action in Normandy on 16 August 1944, aged 22.


Commemorated at:

Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France, IV. C. 11. Inscription on his headstone: ‘SPLENDID YOU PASSED ... INTO THE LIGHT THAT NEVERMORE SHALL FADE’,-geof...


Buckland Monachorum War Memorial

St Paul's Church, Yelverton

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Geoffrey Shawyer hid behind a quiet exterior a loyalty and responsiveness of an unusual order and his affection for his School was a thing beyond question. In his unobtrusive way he never failed to play his full part in the life of his House and it would have been hard to find a more reliable yet unassuming member of the community. The war brought fulfilment of his long standing ambition to be a soldier and he saw much varied service before meeting his death in action in August 1944.'

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