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Stevenson, Peter Maurice (1920-1941)

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: Peter Maurice Stevenson (1920-1941), born 8 February 1920, son of Captain Cecil Young Stevenson, M.I.C.E., and Kathleen Mary Stevenson, of Liphook, Hampshire (later of c/o P.W.D., Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika).

 

Attended Heddon Court preparatory school, Cockfosters, Hertfordshire.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1933-July 1938; 6th form; House Prefect; Hockey team, 1938; 2nd XI cricket team 1937, 1938; PT Instructor; member of the Duffers and Les Polyglottes; Corporal in the OTC.

 

Pembroke College, Cambridge, B.A.

 

WW2, Leading Naval Airman, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Goshawk (SS Almeda Star) Royal Navy. Killed on active service when SS Almeda Star was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland on 17 January 1941, aged 20.

 

Commemorated at:

Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire, Bay 2, Panel 2 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2975344/stevenson,-pe...

 

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

 

Obituary for P.M. Stevenson in 'The Shirburnian', July 1941: 'Peter Maurice Stevenson, who was reported missing in January, 1941, was at Sherborne (Abbey House) from 1933-38, and was up at Pembroke College, Cambridge, when war broke out. He joined the Fleet Air Arm as soon as he could and was going overseas as an Officer Cadet when his ship was lost. He was outstanding, not so much for his intellectual or athletic gifts, though they were by no means small, but for his quiet depth of character. Modest almost to a fault, gentle in word and generous in action, those who were privileged to know him, knew of a loyalty, a wealth of affection and an idealism which were exceptional. His death leaves a gap not only in the hearts of his friends but in the ranks of those who would have served their country and their fellow men as unselfishly and whole-heartedly in peace as he did in war.' P.E.H. Parry-Jones (Housemaster of Abbey House 1928-1942).

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