Tate, Perceval Alban (1920-1942)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Perceval Alban Tate (1920-1942), born in Southampton, Hampshire on 7 May 1920, son of Commander Alban Edward Trevor Tate, R.N., and Millicent Tate (née Wilson) of Burley Grange, Ringwood, Hampshire (formerly of HM Dockyard, Chatham).
Attended the Old Malthouse School, Langton Matravers, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1933-December 1937.
WW2, Lieutenant in the 44th Royal Tank Regiment The Royal Armoured Corps (formerly 6th Glosters). Killed in action at Knightsbridge in Libya on 27 May 1942, aged 22.
Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya, 1. A. 16 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2383338/tate,-perciva...
Malthouse School War Memorial www.roll-of-honour.com/Dorset/LangtonMatraversMalthouse.html
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'There would have been few who would have thought of Pat Tate as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment. Small and gentle with a sincere love and knowledge of the country, nature, and animals, he did not seem to be fitted for dealing with mechanical monsters. But he made an excellent officer. He was killed at Knightsbridge, in April 1942, after succeeding in his ambition to knock out an 88 mm. A/T gun, no easy feat in those days. At School he was diffident and quiet, but he put his heart into whatever he did, whether it was battling with an incomprehensible piece of Latin or dealing with a fast bowler in Senior Leagues.'