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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’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2323791/shawyer,-geof...

 

Buckland Monachorum War Memorial www.devonheritage.org/Places/Buckland%20Monachorum/Buckla...

St Paul's Church, Yelverton www.yelvertonvillagehall.co.uk/shawyer.html

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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