Whyte, Gerald Athenry (1921-1945)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Gerald Athenry Whyte (1921-1945), born in London on 9 May 1921, son of Major Charles Athenry Jukes Whyte, TD, and of Grace Muriel Whyte, of 54 East Sheen Avenue, East Sheen, Surrey.
Attended St Michael's School, Uckfield, Sussex.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) September 1935-July 1939; 6th form; House Prefect; 3rd XI cricket (1938-39); School Fives (1938-39); Lance-Corporal in OTC.
WW2, Lieutenant in the Essex Regiment. Killed in action at the River Trigno, Italy, on 2 November 1943, aged 22.
Sangro River War Cemetery, XVII. B. 6 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2215223/whyte,-gerald...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House roll of honour.
His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Lt. Gerald Athenry Whyte, Essex Regt. (1935-39), died "gallantly leading the remnants of his platoon against a machine-gun post" in Italy. Two days previously he had written: "This is written in a spare hour during rather hectic days. The men are magnificent, especially when things go rather differently from what was expected. I am most terribly proud of them... Last night in billet I dreamed of the Toey [tuck shop] and chocolate biscuits in break between P.T. periods... happy days; and the memory encourages one very much. I do hope you and the House are keeping well. I only pray that I may uphold its tradition out here and keep right on to the end of the road..." He will be remembered for his love of music, his gentleness of character, his enthusiasm for cricket and his supreme unselfishness. When working hard for the Higher Certificate he gave forty-one practices to boys before a too-exacting Glee Competition. Their failure was a crushing disappointment, but there was never a word of complaint. He was another of those really brave, but gentle, men who loathe war and face it unfaltering.'