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Balck-Foote, John Anthony (1924-1944)

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: John Anthony Balck-Foote (1924-1944), formerly John Anthony Balck Foote, born 11 June 1924, son of Dr John Albert and Eileen Balck-Foote, White Lodge, Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire.


Attended Winton House preparatory school, Winchester, Hampshire.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) May 1938-July 1942.


WW2, Private, 2/4th Hampshire Regiment. Died of wounds near Rimini, Italy, on 16 September 1944, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Gradara War Cemetery, Italy, II, D, 70. Inscription on his headstone: ‘WE SHALL GO TO HIM BUT HE SHALL NOT RETURN TO US’,%...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Anthony Foote died of wounds received in Italy in 1944. After he was hit, "throughout he carried on cheerful conversation, displaying the utmost fortitude." His Company Commander writes, "He always carried out his duty, cheerfully, efficiently, and bravely, and was held in very high esteem by us all." At school he was not the prominent social type, but behind his reserve lay a fine sense of values and a great deal of courage, noticeably displayed during an unhappy time of bereavement. His many interests, among them a real appreciation of music, his sincerity and his ever ready willingness acquired for him respect and liking amongst those around him. He was one of those whom one felt would never fail in the important things. Nor did he; he was ever a true and honest member of his House and School.'

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