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Wylie, William Jeffery Price (1919-1943)

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: William Jeffery Price Wylie (1919-1943), born 3 November 1911, son of Major John Price Wylie DSO (1888-1939) (The Sherwood Foresters, Notts. and Derby Regt.) and Helen Jeffery Wylie (née Clark) (1896-1963) of Epsom, Surrey.

 

In December 1940 at Euston Parish Church, Thetford, William Jeffery Price married Dorothy Primrose (Noel) Needham Davies, only child of the Rev. E.N. Needham Davies of Euston Rectory, Thetford.

 

Attended Sandrock Hall School, Hastings.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) May 1933-December 1937; 6th form (Army Class); House Prefect; 1st XV rugby football (1936, 1937); 3rd XI cricket (1937); Trebles (1935, 36, 37; Silver Medal 1935); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in OTC.

 

Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Gentleman Cadet.

 

1 July 1939, appointed 2nd Lieutenant with the King's Own Scottish Borderers, promoted to Lieutenant on 1 January 1941.

 

WW2, Captain in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, attached to no.6 Commando (Troop Commander of No.2 Troop of No.6 Commando). He died on 15 December 1943, aged 32, in Hurstwood Park Hospital, Haywards Heath, from injuries resulting from a road traffic accident on 13 December 1943, when their commando truck was hit by a Naval truck en route to Brighton station.

 

Buried on 20 December 1943 at Winchester (Magdalen Hill) Cemetery, Hampshire, Row C. 3. Grave 50. (St.Morris Plot) www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2351005/wylie,-willia...

 

Commemorated at:

Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House War Memorial.

 

VI Commando Roll of Honour.

 

His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Capt. William Jeffery Price Wylie, K.O.S.B. and Commando (1933-37), was killed by an army lorry in England. At School he was in the 1st XV, where a very short time sufficed to turn him from a three-quarter into an effective wing forward; and many have remembered the fine kick which gave us the victory over Marlborough in 1936. As a solider he was in his element by reason of family tradition and his own disposition. Before the Commandos were organised he was leading a combat-group of tough fighters. "His men would have followed him anywhere."

 

For further information visit Epsom & Ewell history Explorer website: www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk/WW2BookW.html#Wyl...

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