Lang, Edward James Morgan (1912-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Edward James Morgan Lang (1912-1944), born 18 November 1912, son of Major J.A.M. Lang, OBE, (Sherwood Foresters). Married to Peggy Marion Lang (nee Longe) of 140 The Mount, York.
Attended Grenham House School, Birchington.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1926-December 1930; House Prefect; 2nd XV rugby football team (1929-1930); Class Leader with Badge; 1st Class Gym; Trebles swimming (1929); Sergeant in the OTC.
R.M.C, Sandhurst (athletic team); Sherwood Foresters; seconded Royal Air Force.
WW2, Wing-Commander (Pilot) in the Royal Air Force. Killed on 29 December 1944 when their aircraft hit a hillside in thick fog NE of Versailles, aged 32.
Gonesse Communal Cemetery, Val d’Oise, France, Grave 130 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2234798/lang,-edward-...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Edward James Morgan Lang, Wing Commander, R.A.F. (g, '26-'30), was prominent in many activities at School, as a cross-country runner, gymnast, swimmer and boxer, though immobilised his last term or so by a badly smashed ankle, the result of a toss, when he went riding unknown to his Housemaster. During his Sandhurst days he did well in sports and rode in various Point to Point meetings before joining the Sherwood Foresters and going with them to Bermuda. A year before the war he was seconded to the R.A.F. and went to Cairo. Two years later, after operations over France, he was an instructor, and a year later was a Wing Commander and winning golden opinions. He was in charge of all R.A.F. Staff arrangements connected with the celebrations in Paris in 1944 and was becoming widely known when his plane crashed. His Irish blood gave him courage and a gay, irrepressible spirit which never hindered or hid the loyalty, kindly and lovable nature that was his.'