Tasker, Antony Leckonby Ashton (1919-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Antony Leckonby Ashton Tasker (1919-1844), born 16 September 1919, son of Morris Bennet Tasker (Assistant Master, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth) and Geraldine Emily Tasker, of Cobham, Surrey.
Attended Dane Court, Parkstone, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1933-July 1938; Scholar; 6th form; Prefect; 1st XI cricket team, 1936- 1938; 1st XI Hockey team, 1937-1938 (captain); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in OTC; member of the Duffers Society.
Civil Service (Somerset House).
WW2, Captain in the 130 Bty., 153rd (Leicestershire Yeomanry), Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action (during Operation Market Garden) at Nijmegen, Holland, on 20 September 1944, aged 25.
Exhumed from Malden, Holland and reburied at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands, 4. A. 1. The inscription on his headstone reads: ‘KILLED AT NIJMEGEN. "I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE". ST. JOHN XI : 25’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2646985/tasker,-anton...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'Anthony Leckonby Ashton Tasker came to Sherborne as a Scholar and soon showed himself to be a fine games player as well. He had two yeas in the Cricket XI, won the Batting Averages Cup, Captained his House and made a remarkable 200 in a Final House Match. He was also Captain of the Hockey XI. His interests were wide and included a well-informed enthusiasm for astronomy. In short, he was able and efficient far above the average, but he will be remembered more for what he was even than for what he did. The man carried into the theatre of war the great qualities of heart and mind which he had shown as a boy. A great tribute has come from those with whom he served: "And there was never any secret about the key to his personality... His Battery had chosen a beautiful spot in the corner of an orchard.. people from the village nearby brought flowers... a young Friar from a neighbouring monastery brought a cross which he had made himself and which one of our men is painting... all signs of something very deep, a rich mixture of affection and admiration." Those who knew him will understand.'