Henson, Richard Liddon (1923-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Richard Liddon Henson (1923-1944), born in Bristol on 10 May 1923, son of George Ernest Henson, MRCVS, and Hilda H. Liddon Henson, of 19 Richmond Hill, Clifton, Bristol.
Attended Mount Roland School, East Preston, Sussex.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1936-July 1941; 6th form; House Prefect; Corporal in JTC; member of Duffers.
History Exhibitioner, Keble College, Oxford.
WW2, Lieutenant, Royal Berkshire Regiment, attached to the 5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment). Killed in action at Taverna, Italy, on 15 September 1944, aged 21.
Gradara War Cemetery, Italy, I, D, 66. Inscription on his headstone: ‘SOFTLY, THOU WINDS, O’ER HIS DEAR YOUNG HEAD, WHISPER A BENEDICTION FOR THE DEAD’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2077763/henson,-richa...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'R.L. Henson was killed in action in Italy in August 1944. He had been with his regiment only three weeks after transferring from the R.A.C., but he had already won the good opinion of officers and men. At Sherborne he was quiet and of frail physique, but there burned in him a fire of determination that made him count among his fellows and won him an Exhibition at Keble College. He had chosen ordination as his eventual aim and his simplicity and goodness he would have made a splendid parson.'