Archdale, Michael Mervyn Lyon (1921-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Michael Mervyn Lyon Archdale (1921-1944) was born at Bideford in Devon on 6 March 1921, eldest son of Lt.-Col. Fulbert Audley Archdale (1890-1953) and Mrs Muriel Archdale (nee Lyon) (1899-1983) of Southbourne, Bournemouth, Hampshire (formerly of Egmore, Wayside Road, Southbourne-on-Sea, and of 24 Reay Road, Karachi, India). He was the grandson of Major Mervyn Edward Archdale (secretary of the Burham & Berrow Golf Club) and brother of Patrick John Audley Archdale (1923-1979).
Attended Pembroke Lodge, Southbourne-on-Sea.
Attended Sherborne School (The Green) September 1934-July 1937.
WW2, Lieutenant, 1st Airborne Division, Royal Ulster Rifles. Missing, believed killed in action near Caen, Normandy on 25 June 1944, aged 23.
Bayeux Memorial, Panel 17, Column 3 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2626928/ARCHDALE,%20M...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour. Sherborne School Archives holds a copy of a prize book he was awarded by the Headmaster in 1935: Charles Dickens, 'Christmas Books' (London, 1933).
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1945: 'Michael Mervyn Lyon Archdale, Lieutenant, Royal Ulster Rifles, was reported missing in Normandy in July 1944, and he is now presumed to have lost his life while out on a patrol. He came to Sherborne from Sandle Manor in September 1934, and left in July 1937. He left school too young ever to reach any position of authority, but he represented the school at Bisley in 1937. His was a shy and retiring nature, but he had a great love for the school, as was shown by the frequency with which he revisited it whenever his military duties permitted.'
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, October 1946:
'Archdale, Michael Mervyn Lyon (c 1934-1937) came to Sherborne from Sandle Manor. He left school far too young to reach any position of authority, but he represented the School at Bisley in 1937. His was a shy and retiring nature, but he had a great love for the School, as was shown by the frequency with which he re-visited it whenever his military duties permitted. He was serving as a Lieutenant in the Royal Ulster Rifles when he lost his life while on patrol during the fighting in Normandy.'