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Inchbald, Anthony Ilbert (1923-1943)

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 Ilbert Inchbald (1923-1943), born 4 August 1923, son of Geoffrey Herbert Elliot Inchbald and Rosemary Inchbald of Halebourne House, Chobham, Surrey.


Attended Rose Hill School, Banstead.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) May 1937-July 1941; 6th form; Barnes Elocution prize 1940, 1941; House Prefect; Lance-Corporal in JTC; PT Instructor; member of the Duffers.


Trinity College, Oxford (Law).


WW2, Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of wounds at Mount Cammino, Italy, on 6 December 1943, aged 20.


Commemorated at:

Originally buried at Roccomonfina 56 Div. Cemetery and reburied at Minturno War Cemetery, Italy, II, K, 10. Inscription on his headstone: ‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS’,-ant...


His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Lt. Anthony Ilbert Inchbald, Lt. Grenadier Guards (1937-41), will be remembered by many as an enthusiastic writer and a good actor, and by his many friends as a boy of great kindliness with a sensitive nature and a real love of beauty. At Oxford the merit of his acting was quickly recognised, but the war claimed him and in due course he found himself with his Regiment in Italy. A joyous leave spent partly in Capri was but the prelude to the grim cruelty of the mountains where the Guards had a tremendous task to accomplish. Here he was shot thrice. He died on the following day, a boy to whom the war with its evils was always utterly abhorrent, as his letters showed, but something to be sternly faced and finished. His Colonel wrote of him: "I can truthfully say of him that he was an Officer who would have gone far in the service, as his self-confidence, combined with a sound tactical ability and leadership, enabled him to gain the confidence of his Platoon who would have followed him anywhere, whatever the cost."

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