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HENRY THORNTON SCHOOL, CLAPHAM MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright ©
Ted Hayward 2006

There was a memorial that was present in the former Henry Thornton School, Clapham. This memorial has now disappeared and the detail extracted here is from an old school magazine, Summer Term 1951 issue. If anyone knows where the memorial is now could they please let us know.

Extract from the magazine:

“The War Memorial plaque which now hangs on the wall of the main corridor at the School was the centrepiece of the short ceremony held in the Main Hall on 19th December last [i.e., 1950], attended by the next of kin of many of the fallen and a large number of Old Thorntonians. The plaque, subscribed for by members of the [Old Thorntonian] Association and relatives of the dead, is of plain oak, engraved with the fifty-three names, surmounted by a laurel-wreath in bronze, and was presented on behalf of the Association by Mr. C. E. Jeremy, Vice-President, and accepted on behalf of the School by the Headmaster, Mr. W. D. Evans.

Mr. Evans …said that it would be erected in the main corridor, through which the daily life of the School flowed, and he hoped that the boys would look at it and remember what it meant and what it stood for.”

From the school magazine

1939
1945
IN GRATEFUL AND HONOURED MEMORY
OF ALL THOSE OLD BOYS WHO LOST
THEIR LIVES DURING THE WAR

ADAMSON, DFM

Thomas Johnston

1924-28

Flying Officer (Air Bomber) 146346, 570 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4th march 1944. Aged 34. Son of William Murdoch Adamson, M.P., and Jennie Laurel Adamson, M.P.; husband of Minnie Lydia Adamson, of Forest Hill, London. B.Sc. (Ecoms.). Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in ORLEANS MAIN CEMETERY, Loiret, France. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 20.

ALLCOAT

Peter Sidney

1931-38

Driver 2587006, 2 Armd. Div. Sigs. (The Middlesex Yeomanry), Royal Corps of Signals. Died 8th December 1943. Son of Ernest John and Letitia May Allcoat, of Thorpe Bay, Essex. Buried in ANCONA WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot III. Row G. Grave 8.

ALLEN

Ronald John

1923-30

Lance Corporal, 5 Div Signals, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 10 July 1943. Aged 29. Son of Williams James and Florence Beatrice Allen; husband of Beryl Nita Allen, of Mill Hill, Middlesex. Buried in SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, Sicily

BALLANTINE

Ronald George

1935-38

Flying Officer, 224 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29 July 1943. Aged 22. Son of Thomas George and Alice Augusta Ballantine. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey

BATE

Kenneth Oswald

1931-36

Sergeant (Pilot) 11667841, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th June 1941. Aged 20. Buried in STREATHAM PARK CEMETERY, Square 24. Grave 31219.. Square 24. Grave 31219.

BELASCO

Albert Edwin

1921-26

Sergeant 864959, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 29th October 1941. Aged 31. Son of Albert William and Ellen Georgina Belasco; husband of Cecile Muriel Beatrice Belasco, of Morden, Surrey. No known grave. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey. Panel 39.

BIRCH

Leonard Albert

1918-25

Civilian. Died 12 November 1940. Aged 46. Buried in CHELSEA CEMETERY

CAMPBELL

Donald Stirling

1932-36

Flight Sergeant (Air Bomber) 1314892, 640 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 13th May 1944. Aged 23. Son of J. E. S. and Margaret Campbell; husband of Elsie B. Campbell, of Balham, London. Buried in SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY, Antwerpen, Blegium. Plot IVa. Row E. Collective grave 36-42.

COLE

James Clement

1926-31

Flight-Sergeant, 148 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20 October 1943. Aged 28. Son of James and Agnes Rose Cole; husband of I A Cole, of Mitcham, Surrey. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt

COLLINGWOOD, DFM

Anthony Leonard [Frederick]

1930-34

Flyig Officer (Air Gunner) 53676. 13 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 9th June 1944. Aged 24. Son of Leonard and Winifred Collingwood; husband of Edith Primrose Collingwood, of Rochester, Kent. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.). Buried in SANGRO RIVER WAR CEMETERY, Italy. Plot X. Row A. Grave 9.

FOERS

Geoffrey Charles

1927-32

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) 104517, 78 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Rwserve. Died 2nd October 1942. Aged 26. Son of Bertie George Foers, and of Bertha Elizabeth Foers, of Ditton Hill, Surbiton, Surrey. Buried in RHEINBERG WAR CEMETERY, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany. Plot 2. Row B. Collective grave 15-18.

GARROD

Ernest Henry

1931-36

Sergeant (Observer), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 21 June 1941. Aged 21. Son of Mrs M M Garrod. and stepson of Mr T A Finney, of Tooting, London. Buried in WANDSWORTH (EARLSFIELD) CEMETERY

GIBBS

John Vicary Frank

1933-36

Pilot Officer, 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 30 October 1940. Aged 21. Son of John Vicary Gibbs and Flora Nellie Gibbs, of Battersea, London. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey

GODFREY

Ronald

1935-41

Lieutenant, 1 Battalion, Hampshire Regiment. Died 11 July 1944. Aged 22. Son of Frederick William and Nellie Elizabeth Godfrey. Buried in BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY, France

GODSMARK

Peter Stephen

1933-39

Lance Corporal, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 19 February 1943. Aged 20. Son of Edward Stephen and Gertrude Oxley Godsmark, of Battersea, London. Buried in SFAX WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia

GRAY

J

1931-37

No further information currently available

GREEN

Edward John

1918-20

Major, 10 Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Died 4 February 1944. Aged 37. Distinguished Service Order; son of Arthur Charles and Ellen Green; husband of Dorothy Alfreda Green, of Reading, Berkshire. Buried in ANZIO WAR CEMETERY, Italy

GREER

Norman William

1930-36

Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy: HMS “Jersey”. Died 2 May 1941. Aged 21. Son of William John and Emma Jane Greer, of Farnham, surrey. Buried in MALTA (CAPPUCINI) NAVAL CEMETERY

GREY

Colin Edgar

1934-39

Gunner, 102 (The Pembroke Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died 9 April 1943. Aged 19. Son of William Campbell and Doris Lilian Grey, of Clapham, London. Buried in OUED ZARGA WAR CEMETERY, Tunisia

HANDLEY

Hubert Douglas

1935-39

Craftsman, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 24 June 1944. Aged 21. Killed by flying bomb; son of Hubert Edward and Marjorie Kathleen Handley, of Coventry. Buried in LENHAM CEMETERY, Kent

HARDCASTLE

William Gordon

1931-36

Flying Officer (Observer), 106 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 July 1944. Aged 24. Son of William and Charlotte Maud Hardcastle, of Balham, London; buried at Oulins Churchyard, France

HARRIS

W C F

1932-37

No further information currently available

HAZARD

Ivan Henry

1931-38

Sergeant (Pilot), 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force. killed in flying accident on beach at Atwick 20 March 1943. Aged circa 22. Conspicuous Gallantry Medal.

HELLINGS

Sydney Ronald

1918-21

Trooper, 2 Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps. Died 19 November 1941. Aged 35. Son of John Alfred Hart and Ellen Rhonda Hellings, of East Sheen, Surrey. Buried in KNIGHTSBRIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Acroma, Libya

HIGGINS

Francis Charles

1926-31

Sergeant (Observer), 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Dued 13 June 1940. Aged 25. Son of John and Hetty Kate Higgins, of Hanworth, Middlesex. Buried at Cauge Communal Cemetery, France

HIGGS

Douglas Herbert

1934-36

Flight-Sergeant (Pilot), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27 August 1943. Aged 24. Son of Herbert William and Minnie Victoria Higgs, of Tooting, Surrey. Buried at Plymouth (Efford) Cemetery

HIGHMAN

Robert

1927-34

Ordinary Telegraphist, Royal Navy: HMS “Bath”. Died 19 August 1941. Aged 26. Son of John Sydney and Ellen Highman, of Caterham, Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

HOLMES

Stanley William

1930-35

Flight-Lieutenant (Pilot), 158 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 20 February 1944. Aged circa 24. Son of Lillian Holmes, of Athlone, Co West Meath, Irish Republic. Buried IN HANOVER WAR CEMETERY, Germany

JACKSON

Donald Gordon

Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12 September 1942. Aged 19. Son of Gordon Wallet and Elsie Eva Jackson, of Bournemouth, Hants. Commemorated on THE ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt

JAMIESON

Alexander Donald Cyril

1932-39

Flight-Sergeant, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 28 March 1945. Aged 23. Son of Alexander Oram and Hettie Margaret Annie Jamieson, of Tadworth, Surrey. Commemorated on OTTAWA MEMORIAL, Canada

LANE

Donald Owen

1932-39

Flight-Sergeant (Navigator), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 January 1945. Aged 23. Son of Owen and Hilda Annette Lane, of Streatham, London. Buried in KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY, Israel

LEWIS

George Edwin

1932-35

Ordinary Signalman, Royal Navy: HMS “Waverley”. Died 30 May 1940. Aged 19. Son of Frederick Arthur and Ethel May Lewis, of Margate, Kent. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL

LLOYD-SMITH

Vivian Bernard

1929-34

Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve: HMS “Southampton”. Died 11 January 1941. Aged 23. Son of Harry Bernard and Annie Lloyd-Smith, of Stoneleigh, Surrey; husband of Elisabeth Esther Lloyd-Smith. Commemorated on CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL

MARTIN

Sidney Walter

1920-28

Civilian. Died 21 October 1943. Aged 33. Died at 21 Old Farm Avenue, Sidcup; son of Edward Percy and Edith Mary Martin, of 21 Marjorie Grove, Clapham common, London; husband of Marjorie Martin. Buried in CHISLEHURST/SIDCUP CEMETERY

MOODY

Charles James Edward

1931-36

Sergeant, 172 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 8 September 1943. Aged 23. Son of Charles Ambrose Everard and Margaret Ethel Moody, of Rotherhithe, London. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey

NORRIE

Ernest Murray

1930-37

Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died 7 December 1942. Aged 23. Son of E S and Mary E Norrie, of Wimbledon Park, Surrey. Commemorated on BROOKWOOD MEMORIAL

PATON

R H

1935-39

No further information currently available

RUSSELL

Leslie Bryant

1931-36

Supply Assistant, Royal Navy: HMS “Dunedin”. Died 24 November1941. Aged 21. Son of James Walter and Ada Isabel Russell, of Battersea, London. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

SAUNDERS

Albert Frederick Charles

1932-38

Sergeant (Pilot), 600 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 7 September 1940. Aged 19. Son of Albert Victor and Eliza Amelia Saunders, of Clapham. Buried at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery.

SMITH

Bassett William

1934-39

Flying Officer, 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force. Died 22 April 1945. Aged circa 21. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey

SMITH

Victor James

1932-39

Leading Radio Mechanic, Royal Navy: “HMS “Bramble”. Died 31 December 1942. Aged 21. Son of Anthony George and Elsie Agnes Smith, of Battersea, London. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

STAPLES

Denis Charles

1929-34

Sergeant, 110 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 12 April 1941. Aged 23. Son of Herbert G and Florence A L Staples; husband of Mary Joan Staples, of Wimbledon, Surrey. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey

STEEL

Douglas

1930-35

Sergeant, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Died 19 July 1943. Aged 24. Son of William Lambie and Edith Kate Steel, of Worcester Park, Surrey. Buried in KANCHANABURI WAR CEMETERY, Thailand

TEECE

Alec Jabez Desmond

1934-40

Flying Officer, 514 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 20 September 1944. Aged 20. Son of Alec George and Marion Caroline Teece, of Putney, London. Commemorated on RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Surrey

TURNER

J R

1925-32

No further information currently available

WEAVER

J H

1924-29

No further information currently available

WEBB

Ronald William

1931-36

Ordinary Seaman, Royal Navy: HMS “Jersey”. Died 2 May 1941. Aged 20. Son of Walter Richard and Dorothy Jane Webb, of Morden., Surrey. Commemorated on PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL

WELFARE

H

1917-23

No further information currently available

WILDE

George Arthur

1931-37

Corporal, 5 Corps Sigs, Royal Corps of Signals. Died 15 September 1944. Aged 24. Son of Charles Arthur and Lucy Irene Wilde, of Battersea, London. Buried in CORIANO RIDGE WAR CEMETERY, Italy

WILKINSON

Jack Edwin Thomas

1934-38

Flying officer (Navigator), 107 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27 August 1943. Aged circa 20. Buried in AUCHY-AU-BOIS CHURCHYARD, France

WILSON

Edward Campbell Keddie

1935-43

Second Lieutenant, 4 Prince of Wales’ Own Ghurkha Rifles. Died 8 December 1944. Aged 20. Son of Albert Edward and Wilhelmina Campbell Wilson, of Edinburgh. Buried in DELHI WAR CEMETERY, India

WILTSHIRE

R

1930-35

No further information currently available

WRIGHT

Leslie Robert

1934-39

Sergeant, 70 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 4 September 1943. Aged 20. Son of Walter George and Bessie Lillian Wright, of Stockwell, London. Commemorated on ALAMEIN MEMORIAL, Egypt

WRIGHT-LAURENCE

R

1931-36

No further information currently available

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