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South, Denis Matheson (1913-1940)

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: Denis Matheson South (1913-1940), born in Malaya on 31 October 1913, son of Francis Wilton South (Dept of Agriculture, Kuala Lumpur) and Kathleen Louise Matheson South of Malaya. Married to Christine South (nee Kiernander). Lived at Doonhaven, Grove Road, Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire.


Attended St Peter's School, Exeter.


Attended Sherborne School (Harper House) September 1927-December 1931; School Prefect; Captain of Shooting; Class Leader with Badge; 1st Class Gym; Sergeant in OTC.


Royal Military College, Sandhurst (shooting team).


Royal Hampshire Regiment.


WW2, Captain, 2nd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Killed as a result of a motor bike accident while on active service in France on 13 January 1940, aged 26.


Commemorated at:

Anzin-St Aubin British Cemetery, Plot 5. Row A. Grave 3,-denis-...


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


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', March 1940: 'On Saturday, January 13th 1940. Captain D.M. South (d 1927-31), 2nd Battalion The Hampshire Regiment, was killed as a result of a motor-bicycle accident while on active service in France. There seems no better way of writing an appreciation of Denis South than to quote one of the many letters about him to the family. The following is from his Colonel: "It was indeed a sad loss to the Regiment apart from his relations and many friends. I have always had the highest opinion of his qualities as a soldier ever since I took over in Palestine. He had that happy knack of being able to get the very best out of his men by his cheerful disposition and inspiring example. He was a born organiser and we shall never forget the series of concerts he ran for our benefit. A keen sportsman and one of the best rifle-shots the Regiment has had of recent years - he will be a most difficult man to replace." '

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