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Marks, Hugh John (1912-1943)

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: Hugh John Marks (1912-1943), born 15 April 1912 at Axminster, Devon, son of Revd. Hugh Marks (1863-1941) and Gertrude Annie Verity Law Marks (1844-) of Hawkchurch Rectory, Axminster, Devon.


Married to Lucy Maria Marks (1900-) and lived at 21 Ribblesdale Road, Hornsey, Middlesex (1939), and 29 Bedford Road, East Finchley, Middlesex (1943). They had one child, Peter Verity Marks (1937-1988).


Attended Chafyn Grove School, Salisbury, Wiltshire.


Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1925-April 1930.


Royal School of Mines. Imperial College, University of London.


Police Constable, Uniform Branch, Metropolitan Police.


WW2, Captain, 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Commandant of the Burghead base in Moray, Scotland, where he helped run the 'Shetland Bus'. He drowned on 24 April 1943, aged 31, in a sailing accident in Burghead Bay, Moray, with three Norwegians:

Lieutenant Ragnar Sandoy, born 24 July 1910 in Sandoy, son of Rasmus and Elen Sandoy.

Lieutenant Andreas Fasting (alias Tore Lund), Kompani Linge, Norwegian Army, born on 19 July 1919 in Lesjaskag, son of Andreas Grill and Ruth Fasting.

Pedar Kare (Pelle) Nonaas, born 23 June 1924 in Stord, son of Alfred and Ingrid Nonaas.


Commemorated at:

Brookwood 1939-1945 Memorial, Surrey, Panel 13. Column 3,-hugh-j...


Burghead Shetland Bus Memorial.


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


Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Hugh John Marks on leaving School went to the Royal School of Mines and then went to the Balkans. Later, at home, he joined the Police and on the outbreak of war volunteered and got his commission in the Yorks and Lancaster Regiment. He was an idealist and always had great sympathy with the under-dog. The huge knife which he used to wear at school, hidden under his garments, was but an expression of his love of adventure. "Kindly, thoughtful and strong," is the abiding impression which his friends will retain. He was one who read and thought a lot and wrote frequently about his hopes and ideals.'

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