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Lilley, Ronald Jellett (1923-1945)

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: Ronald Jellett Lilley (1923-1945), born 18 September 1923, son of Eric Gordon Lilley and Anne Janet Lilley, of The Moorings, Gorran Haven, Cornwall; brother of Richard FitzGerald Lilley (1921-1944)


Attended Mowden School, Brighton.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1937-December 1941; 6th form; School Prefect; 1st XV rugby football (1940, 1941); 1st XI hockey (1941); 2nd XI cricket (1940); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in JTC; member of Duffers and Eclectics.


Scholar, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.


WW2, Lieutenant, 3 Mountain Regiment, Royal Artillery. Killed in action at Niedermörmter at the Battle of the Rhine Crossing on 24 March 1945, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Originally buried at Ober Mormter, Germany, and reburied at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 53. B. 17. Inscription on his headstone: ‘LOVELY AND PLEASANT WERT THOU IN THY LIFE’,-ronal...


St Goran War Memorial


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Lieutenant Ronald Jellett Lilley, R.E. (a, '37-'41). Ronald Lilley was the youngest of three brothers in School House all of whom had distinguished records at Sherborne. School prefect, in the football and hockey sides and the second XI, he was prominent in nearly every school activity, athletic, social, literary and intellectual. He crowned his career by winning a history scholarship to Corpus Cambridge where he spent a term or two before joining the Army. He was killed while on special duty during the early stages of the Rhine crossing. His brother Richard lost his life in the fighting in France in 1944. But it is not for his brilliant qualities alone that Ronald Lilley will be remembered. His cheerfulness, sincerity and loyalty made him an incalculably valuable second head of house, and he was gifted with a charm of manner, a sensitivity and modesty which endeared him to one and all, his masters, his contemporaries and, in his last years, his juniors. His was not a character of mere evanescent promise; he would have gone far in any walk of life and it is hard to see how such can be spared.'

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