Warren, Christopher Paul Wyeth (1924-1945)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Christopher Paul Wyeth Warren (1924-1945), born 17 June 1924, son of Harold William Warren (Old Shirburnian, Abbeylands 1891-1894) and Agnes Leslie Warren of Silkstead Cottage, Shawford, Hampshire.
Siblings: Nicholas Thorn Warren (1921-1996) attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) 1935-1939.
Attended Ripley Court School, Ripley, Surrey.
Attended Sherborne School (Abbey House) May 1938-December 1942; upper 6th; House Prefect; 1st Class Gym (1942); PT Instructor with Badge; member of Duffers.
WW2, Flying Officer in the Royal Air Force. Killed in action on 8 April 1945, aged 20, when their Lancaster bomber (based at RAF Bardney) was hit by anti-aircraft fire when returning from bombing the oil refinery at Lützkendorf in Germany and came down at Kappellendorf in Germany.
Originally buried at Kappellendorf Cemetery, Germany and reinterred in 1948 at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, 7. D. 3 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2761355/warren,-chris...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Abbey House roll of honour.
In 1947, the Christopher Warren Prize for English Literature was founded at Sherborne School by Harold William Warren in memory of his son. The intention of the prize was to foster an interest in English Literature among boys in the Middle and Lower Forms and consisted of a first and second prize awarded each year at Commemoration for the best piece of original English composition in verse or in prose submitted by boys in the Middle or Lower School. A book inscribed with the names of the winners was to be kept in the library and, when possible, the prize-winning composition to be printed in the literary section of The Shirburnian.
Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', December 1945: 'It would be easy enough to detail Christopher Warren's school achievements - such as his prefectship, his athletic and musical ability - for they were clear for all to read in any contemporary record; but these would give only an inadequate picture of one whose nature was not revealed by them to any extent. He was a great lover of beauty in all its forms, as his poems, many of which appear in 'The Shirburnian', and his appreciation of music showed, but more than that he seemed always to be striving towards some rather distant ideal, which he may have only attained at the last. He left school in September 1942 to join the R.A.F., where he was awarded his commission as an air bomber. In January of this year he joined a famous bomber squadron which was then engaged on precision bombing raids. From one of these he failed to return. His squadron leader wrote that Christopher had shown himself to be a good operational bomber, and that his loss was a great blow to them all. His was a peculiarly sensitive nature, and, though it might seem strange for him to have chosen flying as his war service, anyone who knew his strong courage would know that he found in the R.A.F. a very real happiness. In him Sherborne has lost a loyal and honourable son.'
Further information is available on Aircrew Remembered: www.aircrewremembered.com/woolstencroft-bernard.html