Wormwell, John Macleod (1926-1946)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: John Macleod Wormwell (1926-1946), born on 10 June 1926 at Elham, Kent, the son of Frederick Wormwell, bank manager, and Dorothy Margaret Wormwell (née Johnson) of Moss House, Richmond Road, Sherborne, Dorset, later of Newton Abbot, Devon.
Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.
Attended Sherborne School (Day boy and Abbeylands) September 1940-December 1943; Corporal in JTC.
WW2, Lieutenant in the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment), attached to the 3rd Royal Garhwal Rifles. Killed on 15 December 1946, aged 20, while acting as traffic control officer on a divisional exercise at Cambellpore, Punjab, when a lorry reversed into him knocking him unconscious. He died from multiple injuries in hospital half an hour later.
Karachi War Cemetery, Pakistan, 8. A. 8. The inscription on his headstone reads: ‘BELOVED SON AND BROTHER. TO LIVE IN HEARTS WE LEAVE BEHIND IS NOT TO DIE’. www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2178636/wormwell,-joh...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', Lent 1947: 'J.M. Wormwell (f and Day boy) 1940-43, as a result of a car accident in India, December 1946. John Wormwell was distinguished at Sherborne for his capacity for making close friendships and for his keen interest in sport and outdoor things in general. He left comparatively young because he was anxious to get into the Army at the earliest opportunity. He gained his commission in the Black Watch and served with that regiment in India. He will be sadly missed by those who knew him well at Sherborne.'
John McLeod Wormwell, An Appreciation, by T.J.G.R. [Timothy John Godfrey Rogers], 'The Shirburnian', Lent 1947: 'The death of John Wormwell will be felt with great sorrow by his friends. He was acting as traffic control officer on a divisional exercise in India, when a three-tonner, despite warning shouts, reversed into him, and knocked him unconscious. He was rushed to hospital in General Lovatt's car, but died half an hour later, happily without suffering. To his friends, and they were many, he will be remembered for his cheerfulness at all times and his loyalty which was such that, on one occasion, unknown to most, he played a splendid game of rugger for his house with a temperature of 102. He was always full of life, and even an early morning run in the park was no guarantee to his study companions of a peaceful hall! But there was too, a quieter side to him; his knowledge and love of the country were the sources of his greatest pleasures, and he was happiest on these occasions he described so vividly in 'The Shirburnian'. It would be wrong, I think, to claim that he would have achieved great prominence in any sphere of life, nor indeed would we have wished it; his ambitions were humbler. He would have wished, rather, to live for the sheer joy of living, and to continue to give that happiness to others which he had already so generously given. An American poet's belief in immortality is, he writes,
Because my desire
To keep you for ever
Seems so utterly true.
And for those who knew John his absence, though temporary, is hard to understand.'