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Rice, William Terence (1923-1946)

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 Terence Rice (1923-1946), born 14 October 1923, son of Commander W.V. Rice, DSO, DSC, RN., and Mrs Tindall, Westwood, Dyke Road Avenue, Brighton.

 

Attended Sherborne Preparatory School.

 

Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1937-March 1942; 6th form; Prefect; Head of House; 1st XI cricket team, 1941.

 

WW2, Flight-Lieutenant (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Killed on active on 13 March 1946, aged 22, at Dum Dum, Calcutta, when due to engine failure at 1000 feet his Spitfire IV stalled and dived into the ground.

 

Commemorated at:

Calcutta (Bhowanipore) Cemetery, Kolkata, India, Plot O. Row F. Grave 47 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2192079/rice,-william...

 

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

 

Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', Summer 1946: 'William Terence Rice, Flying Officer, R.A.F. (g, '37-'42). He came to Sherborne from the Prep. and very soon made his mark. He was above the average in School work, especially in Mathematics; he was a very good full back and a useful wicket-keeper, who got his School Colours. He never swerved from his intention to join the R.A.F. and he used to write enthusiastically of his job and his men. His plane crashed in India early this year and he was killed. He was a very human boy who never hid such faults as he he had, with great qualities of heart and head, with a great love of birds and Nature, I remember him, both in his life here and tramping over Dartmoor heather. A.H.T.R.' [A.H. Trelawny-Ross]

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