Burnett, Walter Henry (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: Walter Henry Burnett (1924-1944), born 7 February 1924, son of Frank Norman Burnett, stock broker, and Catherine Burnett, of 4 Heriots Close, Stanmore, Middlesex and Hayward's Heath, Sussex (formerly of Hatherleigh, Hadley Wood, Barnet, Hertfordshire); brother of Norman Whitmore Burnett (d.1941) who also died on service.
Attended Durlston Court Preparatory School, Swanage, Dorset.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) January 1938-July 1940.
WW2, ilot Officer, 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed in action over Griesenbach, Germany on 31 March 1944, aged 20.
Originally buried at Buchholz Cemetery and reburied at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 9. F. 17. Inscription on headstone: ‘HIS BROTHER FLT/LT.N.W. BURNET, R.A.F. WAS KILLED OVER MALTA 1941. HAPPY MEMORIES OF OUR SONS’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2042608/BURNETT,%20WA...
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): 'F./O. William Henry Burnett, R.A.F. (1938-40), was a cheerful member of the House, whose keenest ambition it was to fly. He left very young and made his way into the Air Force. He trained in America and Canada, and obtained his Commission on returning home. His greatest success at school was in swimming, where he gave promise of being quite first-class; and it is likely that he would have made a very good Rugby forward. He was reported missing after operations early this year.'
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