Matthews, Peter Arthur (1919-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Peter Arthur Matthews (1919-1944), born 20 July 1919, son of Frank Page Matthews and Evelyn Mary Matthews, of Temple Grange, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire.
Attended Aymestrey School, Crown East Court, Worcester.
Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) May 1933-April 1937; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; XXX Blazer (1936); PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in OTC; Trebles (1935-36).
With Steel Bros., and Company, Ltd., Burma merchants.
WW2, Captain, 154 (The Leicestershire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died of wounds in Italy on 8 October 1944, aged 25.
Assisi War Cemetery, Italy, I, C, 10. Inscription on his headstone: ‘THE SAVIOURS COME NOT HOME TONIGHT, THEMSELVES THEY COULD NOT SAVE’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2048986/matthews,-pet...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'P.A. Matthews died of wounds in Italy in October 1944. He had been in the Gunners since the beginning of the war and had seen service in Iraq, North Africa and Italy. Great of physique, he was great of character and it was in keeping with his whole person when he wrote home just before his death saying, "Greatness lies not in what one does, but in what one is." He was Head of his House at Sherborne, and there were few boys or Heads of House who were more genuinely popular or more deserved this popularity. A delightful sense of humour and philosophical attitude towards the problems of life did not hide a great sense of duty and the highest ideals.'
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, November 1944:
'Matthews, William Peter (Tancocks 1878-1881) on leaving school went to Dresden to study languages and music; the latter remained one of the greatest interests of his life, and at one time he was precentor of St Mary's Church, Walmer. He was a keen politician a member of the Walmer Urban District Council and a Justice of the Peace for the Cinque Ports. He was Captain of both St George's Golf Club at Deal and the Cinque Ports Club.'