Sheil, Francis Patrick St Maur (1910-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Francis Patrick St Maur Sheil (1910-1944), born 17 June 1910, son of Major James Francis Arthur St Maur Sheil and Ethel St Maur Sheil of Stratford-sub-Castle, Salisbury, Wiltshire. Married to Pauline Adele St Maur Sheil of Totland Bay, Isle of Wight, and father of William, Shaun and Elizabeth Ann Sheil.
Attended Highfield School, Liphook.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) September 1924-July 1928; 6th form; 2nd XV rugby football (1927-28); Corporal in OTC.
Sandhurst; South Wales Borderers; Lieutenant, 1933; with Nigeria Regiment, 1933.
WW2, Lieutenant-Colonel, 1st Bn., Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding Regiment), formerly of the South Wales Borderers. Service no. 44997. Awarded the DSO. Killed in action near Florence on 8 October 1944, aged 34.
Florence War Cemetery, Italy, grave IX.G.7. Inscription on his headstone: ‘THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD I SHALL NOT WANT HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2379409/St%20MAUR%20S...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, March 1945: 'How completely trivial success at School, at the time so rightly viewed as all-important, seems a few years later! Pat Sheil reached the VIth form by normal progression, and was at times a deadly slow bowler in the 2nd XI; but he left for the R.M.C. before he had gained special distinction in any sphere. Of his army career let others more qualified speak; his rank at his death, aged 33, is some indication of his success. But I can speak of his downright honesty, of the flashes of real anger, of his gaiety, and of his almost precocious knowledge of the habits and conventions of a Christian gentleman which made his friendship such a delight: and as an host when he would patiently try and teach me some of the arts of dry-fly fishing - perhaps his greatest accomplishment - on that most lovely trout steam, the Wiltshire Avon. His affection for Sherborne and his love of the English countryside, maybe, is balanced now by Sherborne's sorrow and England's gratitude for yet another very gallant Officer. L.M.'