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Livingstone-Learmonth, John Somerville (1919-1940)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.


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Details: John Somerville Livingstone-Learmonth (1919-1940), born 16 December 1919, son of Captain Maxwell John Livingstone-Learmonth and Eila Florence Livingstone-Learmonth, of Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, later of North Cheriton Manor, Templecombe, Somerset.


Attended Sunnydown Preparatory School, The Hog's Back, Guildford, Surrey.


Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1933-December 1937; House Prefect.


WW2, Second Lieutenant (service no. 78774) in the 15th/19th King's Royal Hussars (Royal Armoured Corps). Mentioned in despatches. Killed in action on 18 May 1940 at Leuvenstraat, Belgium, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Heverlee War Cemetery, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, 12. D. 5. The inscription on his headstone reads: 'AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN. AND IN THE MORNING, WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM’


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'John Somerville Livingstone-Learmonth, who was killed in action during the Belgian retreat in May 1940, was at Sherborne from 1933-37. Delicate in health in his early years, which spoiled his chances of athletic success at school, he nevertheless played for his House at cricket, football and hockey, and was 4th in the School Mile. He was a House Prefect. He joined the 15/19 Hussars about a year before the war and was an extremely popular and successful officer. It was no surprise to hear after his death that he had been mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service.'


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