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Lilley, Richard Fitzgerald (1921-1944)

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: Richard Fitzgerald Lilley (1921-1944), born 1 October 1921, son of Eric Gordon Lilley and Anne Janet Lilley of The Moorings, Gorran Haven, Cornwall; brother of Ronald Jellett Lilley (1923-1945)


Attended Belvedere School, Upper Drive, Brighton, Sussex.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1935-December 1939; 6th form; Head of House; 1st XV rugby football team (1938-1939); 1st XI hockey team (1938-1939); 3rd XI cricket (1939); Gym Colours (1937-1938); member of Eclectics; PT Instructor with Badge; CSM in OTC.


[?Trinity Hall, Cambridge or Corpus Christi College, Cambridge]


WW2, Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. Killed in action in Normandy on 4 August 1944, aged 22.


Commemorated at:

Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France, XV. L. 4. Inscription on his headstone: ‘LOVELY AND PLEASANT IN HIS WAYS’,-richa...


St Goran War Memorial


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Richard Fitzgerald Lilley, second son of E.G. Lilley, the Moorings, Gorran Haven, Cornwall, came to Sherborne in May, 1935, the second of three brothers, who all won distinction at Sherborne. Richard, like his elder brother, Gordon, was Head of the House, a prominent member of the Rugger XV, and an erratic but powerful cricketer. When he was at school he was considered, rightly, one of hte most active and tenacious wing forwards; memories of that head of closely curled hair never far behind the ball is one that will not fade quickly. He followed his brother to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and like him read Engineering. He was not in the first flight of Scholarship, but had a very sound shrewd mind and fund of robust common sense, and above all he was a 'stayer.' Whenever Richard got his teeth into anything he just refused to let go. He was a very sociable person and was at his happiest when surrounded by a group of cronies. His book work was a duty conscientiously enough performed and with creditable enough results, but he was a man who was essentially interested in men rather than things, and his death will be felt by a very large circle both at Sherborne and Cambridge.'

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