Wright, Geoffrey Roy Ashcroft (1921-1942)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Geoffrey Roy Ashcroft Wright (1921-1942), born 8 June 1921, son of Edgar Herbert Ashcroft Wright and Ethel Marshall Wright of The Lodge, Southbourne Road, Bournemouth.
Attended Great Walstead School, Linfield, Sussex.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) January 1936-July 1939; 2nd XI Hockey (1939); Trebles (1937, 38, 39); Gym Squad (1939).
Crammer in East Anglia for the Royal Marines. Royal Humane Society Medal (1939).
WW2, Acting Sub-Lieutenant, HMS Matable, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). Mentioned in despatches. Killed on active service on HMS Matable on 17 January 1942, aged 20.
Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon Panel 76, Column 3 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2490523/wright,-geoff...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'G.R.A. Wright was killed at sea on active service in April 1942 [sic]. He left school early to go to a Crammer in East Anglia. While there he was awarded the Royal Humane Society's Medal for a very daring rescue. He and another boy swam 300 yards through heavy seas to carry a life-line to a stranded drifter, thereby saving the lives of ten men. He was granted a commission in the R.N.V.R. without previous training on the strength of this exploit. It was not long before he distinguished himself again, being mentioned in despatches for picking an unexploded bomb off the deck and throwing it overboard. At School he was a retiring boy of apparently frail, though athletic physique, but there was a quiet power in him which made his exploits no surprise to those who knew him well. He was a most loyal and loveable Shirburnian.'