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Abel, Richard John Frederick (1911-1944)

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 John Frederick Abel (1911-1944), born 8 January 1911, son of John Harold Abel and Winifred Annie Abel of Crofton, Kent (formerly of Tanyard, Frittenden, Kent).

 

Attended St Michaels, Uckfield.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) January 1925-December 1928; 6th form: Corporal in the OTC.

 

Worked in the insurance business (Lloyds).

 

WW2, Captain in the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, Royal Armoured Corps. Killed in action at Gristot on 14 June 1944, aged 33.

 

Commemorated at:

Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France, XIV. F. 2 . Inscription on headstone: ‘IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF DICK, ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS. MOTHER’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2955203/ABEL,%20RICHA...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.

 

His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Capt. Richard John Frederick Abel, Royal Dragoon Guards (1925-28), was killed while fighting for a certain village. After leaving school he went to Lloyds until the outbreak of war. I wrote of him just then: "I have a great respect for his capacity." He was in the VIth Form and the House XV, and he will be remembered for his delightfully unassuming modesty among other good qualities. His Commanding Officer writes of him: "He was one of the pillars of this regiment, being both popular and exceedingly capable. He would shortly have commanded a Squadron."

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