Rutherford, Anthony Bethune Ewart (1923-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Anthony Bethune Ewart Rutherford (1923-1944), born 3 May 1923, son of Robert Ewart Rutherford and of Marjorie Rutherford, of Cottesloe, Western Australia (later of East Indian Railway, Calcutta).
Attended Downs School, Portbury.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1936-July 1941; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of House; 3rd XI cricket (1941); Gym Colours; 1st Class Gym; PT Instructor with Badge; Sergeant in J.T.C.
WW2, Flying Officer (Pilot), 182 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR). Awarded D.F.C. Killed on active service at Milfield, Northumberland, on 10 November 1944, aged 21.
Kirknewton (St Gregory) churchyard, Northumberland, Grave 12. Inscription on his headstone: ‘SEDULUS ET AUDAX R.I.P.’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2809936/rutherford,-a...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbeylands roll of honour.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'Tony Rutherford was Head of Abbeylands in 1941. He left to join the RAF and obtained his Commission as a Pilot. After distinguished service with Typhoons before and during the Normandy campaign, for which he was awarded the DFC, he returned to this country for a period of training. It was during this period that he met his death in a flying accident. Quiet and reserved in manner, Rutherford nevertheless made many friends, both here and in the RAF. He showed his best qualities when given opportunities to lead or to act, and his loss was a severe blow both to Old Shirburnians and to the members of his Squadron.'