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Sloan, Brian Ludlow (1922-1943)

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: Brian Ludlow Sloan (1922-1943), born 17 September 1922, son of Eric Barringer Sloan and Phyllis Emily Sloan (née Hawke),, of St. John's Wood, London (later of 17 Allingham Court, Haverstock Hill, Hampstead.


Attended St Andrew's School, East Grinstead/Grenham House, Birchington-on-Sea.


Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1936-June 1939; 6th form.


WW2, Radio Officer, SS Empire Lake (West Hartlepool), Merchant Navy. Second Radio Officer on S.S. 'Empire Lake' (British Steam Merchant) and was killed on 15 July 1943, aged 20, when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-181 about 240 miles east of Madagascar.


Commemorated at:

Mercantile Marine Memorial, Tower Hill, London, Panel 43


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Harper House roll of honour.


B.L. Sloan's obituary in 'The Shirburnian': 'B.L. Sloan was lost at sea in 1942 [sic] in the Indian Ocean. On leaving School he joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 17, determined to play his part in the war. He was twice torpedoed, spending four days in charge of an open boat in the Atlantic on the first occasion, and counting himself lucky to escape from a burning tanker on the second. A most loyal old boy, his frequent letters and visits showed his love for Sherborne, and it was always a pleasure to welcome his cheerful humility here.'

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