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Whately-Smith, Anthony Robert (1915-1944)

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: Anthony Robert (Andy) Whately-Smith (1915-1944), born 22 May 1915, son of the Rev. Ernest Whately-Smith, M.C., Headmaster of Hordle House, and Dorothy Whately-Smith of Hordle House, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire.


Attended Hordle House preparatory school.


Attended Sherborne School (School House) January 1929-December 1933; 6th form; School Prefect; Head of School House; Barnes Elocution prize, 1931; XXX Blazer (1933); Class Leader with Badge; Sergeant in OTC; member of The Duffers; President and Hon. Sec. of The Wildman Society; Games editor of 'The Shirburnian'.


With Vacuum Oil Company.


WW2, Major in the Special Air Service Regiment, Army Air Corps.

On 1 September 1944, as part of Operation Loyton, parachuted with the main party of 2nd SAD into the Vosges Mountains near Baccarat, eastern France. He was captured on 30 October 1944 outside the Wehrmacht unit HQ at La Trouche, and interrogated. On the afternoon of 25 November 1944 he was taken with 13 others by truck to the wood behind the Mercedes Benz factory at Gaggenau, shot and buried in a bomb crater, aged 29.


Commemorated at:

Originally buried in a bomb crater in a forest at Gaggenau, reburied on 13 May 1945 at Gaggenau Town Cemetery and finally reburied at Durnbach War Cemetery, Bayern, Germany, 3. K. 2. Inscription on Headstone: ‘OF HORDLE HOUSE, MILFORD ON SEA, HAMPSHIRE’


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Anthony Robert Whately-Smith (a, '29-'33). Andy Whately-Smith, the son of the Rev. E. Whately-Smith, Head Master of Hordle Preparatory School, who has sent many boys to Sherborne, had a distinguished career at Sherborne, and was Head of School House. He was not an outstanding athlete, though as a Junior he won the Junior Steeplechase, but his methods in all games were typical of his determination. The winner of the Barnes Elocution Prize, he was gifted with a very competent brain which later, combined with his character made his advance in his chosen career, the Vacuum Oil Co., a rapid one. His tall, upstanding figure with his curly hair made him an inspiring personality and there was no doubts of his merit as Head of his House. He joined the Army at the beginning of the war and eventually the S.A.S. Regiment. In October 1944 after being dropped with his men in the Vosges Mountains, he was posted Missing and later Prisoner; his death was confirmed in June. His choice of the S.A.S. was exactly what his many friends and admirers would have expected and his death was in keeping with his courage and determination.'


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