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De Glanville, Robert Bertram (1918-1942)

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: Robert Bertram de Glanville (1918-1942), born 15 December 1918, son of Bertram George de Glanville of Ascham Lodge, Eastbourne; husband of Joan Mary de Glanville of Finchley, Middlesex.


Attended St Dunstan's School, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) September 1932-July 1937; scholar; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of School; Head of House; Barnes Elocution Prize, 1937; 1st XV rugby football team, 1935, 1936 (captain); 1st XI Hockey team 1936, 1937; 3rd XI cricket team 1935; PT Instructor with Badge; CSM in OTC; member of the Duffers; Games Editor of The Shirburnian.


Asiatic Petroleum Company (APC).


WW2, Captain, 1 Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery. Killed in action in the Battle of Knightsbridge at Elenit et Tamar on 2 June 1942, aged 23.


Commemorated at:

Alamein Memorial, Egypt, Column 1,...


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Robert Bertram de Glanville entered the School as a Scholar in September 1932 and left in 1937 with an unusually fine school record behind him: Head of the School and Head of School House, Captain of the XV and winner of the Barnes Elocution Prize in 1937. So stands the bare record, but behind it we can remember one of the most vigorous and vital of personalities. It is difficult to imagine anyone more full of life and the zest for life. I have never come across anyone who made more cheerful noises, the passages and changing room, and especiallly the bathroom resounded continually with his songs and whistling. Indeed I never hear the first XV singing and talking in their baths after a match without my mind going back automatically to 'Bobs.' But he was a very firm disciplinarian in spite of all his cheerfulness and a very courageous and inspring captain of football. He left to take up an important position in the Asiatic Petroleum Company and, though not a brilliant correspondent, he kept us in touch with his movements from time to time. He settled in very happily to his work and was enjoying it as he would enjoy anything to the full. When war broke out he joined the R.A.C. and went to Africa. But before he did so he married his wife during his embarkation leave and wrote so happily and enthusiastically about it. It was not long before he was promoted Captain and out in command of 'H' Troop, R.H.A. He was killed by a direct hit from a German tank at 'Knightsbridge' while disposing his guns to resist a heavy German armoured attack. His loss will be felt very deeply by all his many friends at Sherborne.'

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