Weallens, Robert Frank Courtney (1905-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Robert Frank Courtney Weallens (1905-1944), born on 16 July 1905 at Dalhouse in Bengal, son of Colonel William Weallens (1860–1927) (Northamptonshire Regiment) and Helena Cicely Weallens (née West). His parents both died when he was young and he was brought up by his Aunt Miss Francis Emilie West who lived at York Cottage, Camberley, Surrey.
Helena Cicely Weallens (1896-).
William Russell Willoughby Weallens (1896-1971).
Grace Dorothy Weallens (1902-1989).
Attended Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott House) September 1920-July 1923; 6th form; 1st Head of House of Westcott House; Senior Class Leader with Badge; Sergeant in OTC.
Woolwich; Royal Engineers. Commissioned in 1925 in the Sappers and after some years at home joined the Bombay Sappers and Miners, becoming their adjutant. Served on the North-West Frontier in 1937 during the Fakir of Ipi rising and gained the Frontier Medal. Later returned to England and became an instructor at the Staff College.
WW2, Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Engineers. Killed in an aircraft accident while on active service at Mohania, India (Allahabad) on 4 August 1944, aged 39.
Originally buried 12 miles NE of Mohania and reburied at Ranchi War Cemetery, Spec. Mem. 5. F. 6 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2807771/weallens,-rob...
Also commemorated at Sherborne School:
School War Memorial Staircase.
School Book of Remembrance.
'Weallens' dormitory was named in his memory at Westcott House.
Old Shirburnian Society Annual Report, November 1944:
'Weallens, Robert Frank Courtenay (h 1920-1923) was the first Head of Westcott House. He lost his life in India as the result of an aircraft accident while serving as a Lieutenant-Colonel on the Headquarters Staff. He was commissioned in 1925 in the Sappers and after some years at home joined the Bombay Sappers and Miners; he soon became their adjutant. He served on the North-West Frontier in 1937 during the Fakir of Ipi rising and gained the Frontier Medal. Later he returned to England for a course at the Staff College and was subsequently an instructor there. In 1942 he went back to India as G.S.O.I. Weallens was noted for his powers of concentration and his ability to produce a balance and reasoned appreciation; he was a thoroughly reliable staff officer. His friends will ever remember a man of great charm of character.'