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Humphreys-Davies, Anthony Wenham (1914-1944)

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: Anthony Wenham Humphreys-Davies (1914-1944), born in Swansea on 23 July 1914, son of Captain J.W. Humphreys-Davies and Edith Humphreys Davies, of Southfields, Saffron Road, Eastbourne, Sussex, formerly of 1 Brynhyfryd Road, Newport, Monmouth.

 

Attended Tutshill House School, Chepstow.

 

Attended Sherborne School (The Green) January 1928-December 1932; 6th form (Army Class); School Prefect; Class Leader with Badge; Sergeant in OTC; member of Duffers.

 

Woolwich; Royal Artillery.

 

WW2, Major in the Royal Artillery, attached 6 Battery, 3 Field Regiment, Royal Indian Artillery. Awarded the M.C.

Killed in action in Burma on 24 March 1944, aged 29.

 

Commemorated at:

Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar, Face 2 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2511673/humphreys-dav...

 

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; The Green roll of honour.

 

Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Anthony Wenham Humphreys-Davies, Captain, R.A., was killed in action in Burma in April 1944. At School he was a School Prefect, and on leaving went to the R.M.A., Woolwich. He was awarded the Military Cross in October 1942, for outstanding gallantry and leadership during the 1st Burma Campaign.'

 

Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, November 1944:

Humphreys-Davies, Anthony Wenham (c 1928-1932), was killed in action in Burma. He went to Woolwich on leaving school and in 1937 was serving on the N.W. Frontier; later he was appointed to Poona as an instructor. After a course at the Staff College, Quetta, he was posted as a Brigade Major in the Indian Army; but his heart was always with his regiment and he was given command of a battery of Indian artillery serving with it until his death. He was a good sportsman, and a keen and excellent horseman and rode several winners at local meetings. A brother officer, writing in The Times says: "Anthony and I served together at Shoebury in 1937 as assistant adjutant and adjutant of the 3rd Medium Brigade, and in that time I formed a great affection for him. He was the most delightful person to work with - so cheerful always and nothing was ever too much for him. He will be a great loss to the Army, for he was so exactly the type of regimental officer that is wanted. It was a real pleasure to me when I read of him winning the M.C.'

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