Austin, Ambrose Theodore Wentworth (1924-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Ambrose Theodore Wentworth Austin (1924-1944), born 29 February 1924 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, only child of the Rev. Wentworth Murray Austin and Celia Mary Austin (nee Aldred) of Yarcombe Vicarage, Honiton, Devon, later of Weston Manor, Honiton, Devon.
Attended Hordle House School, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1937-December 1941; 6th form; House Prefect; Corporal in JTC; PT Instructor.
WW2, initially served with King's Royal Rifle Corps before transferring to the 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion, Headquarters Company, Anti-Tank Platoon. Lieutenant Austin took part in the Normandy Airborne landings on D-Day (Operation Overlord). He was killed in action in Normandy on 6 June 1944, aged 20.
The 12th Green Howards dropped on Ranville and also relieved the Glider troops at Pegasus Bridge, they defended the S.E. of Ranville and bore the brunt of German Counter attacks. D-Day was the units first full operational tour.
Bayeux Memorial, Normandy (Panel 18, Column 2) www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2626950/AUSTIN,%20AMB...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Ambrose Theodore Wentworth Austin, Lieutenant, Parachute Regiment (g, 37-41), came from Hordle House. He will be remembered most of all perhaps for the gay and happy disposition which made him a host of friends, for the soundness that made one feel he must automatically by-pass what was second rate, and for the perfect form of his tackling on the footer field. He was a keen rider, and on leaving Oxford to serve he quickly went into a Parachute Regiment. He was dropped 'on the bridge' on 'D' Day and has not been seen or heard of since. There can be no real hope of his survival. In his short life he showed a courage and an outlook on life which will be an abiding example to his friends.'
For further information about the role of the 12th Parachute Regiment, visit: www.justordinarymen.org.uk/page_1170211331406.html and www.paradata.org.uk/units/12th-yorkshire-parachute-battalion