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Becher, James Stewart (1910-1941)

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: James Stewart Becher (1910-1941), born 12 July 1910, son of Major-General Andrew Cracroft Becher, C.B.E., and Elisabeth Dalyell Stewart Becher, of Westward Ho!, Devon (formerly of Natham Lodge, Natham, Devon); husband of Elizabeth Margaret Becher, of Westward Ho!, Devon.


Attended Brickhill school, Bletchley.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) January 1926-December 1928; 6th form; Prefect.


Woolwich (cadet scholar); Royal Engineers.


King's College, Cambridge.


North-West Frontier, 1937.


WW2, Major, 209 Field Company, Royal Engineers. Mentioned in despatches. Killed on active service near Dover on 29 July 1941, aged 31.


Commemorated at:

Canterbury Cemetery, Kent, Plot X.M. Grave 107. Inscription on headstone: ‘SON OF MAJOR GENERAL ANDREW CACROFT BECHER, C.B.E.’,%20JAM...


Also commemorated at Sherborne School:

School War Memorial Staircase.

School Book of Remembrance.

Lyon House roll of honour.

'Becher' dormitory at Lyon House was named in his memory.


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'James Stewart Becher came to Sherborne from Dartmouth, when some eye trouble was discovered. With Dartmouth, Sherborne, Woolwich and Cambridge behind him, to say nothing of various sojourns abroad, he suggested that he should be able to write a treatise on education. He had great gifts and a strong personality, and it is certain that he would have gone far had he lived. The son of a distinguished soldier, he had all the traditions that count for so much in spite of modern social experiments. He was killed by a mine in England in 1941.'

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