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shell and small arms fire Although wounded early on by shrapnel in the thigh and foot, he
refused to be evacuated or to receive treatment and continued his task. Under his guidance a
path was cleared through the first minefield, and clearing of the second minefield was begun....
By this Officer's leadership and disregard of his own danger a path was cleared through the
, January' minefield, allowing the Armour to pass through." He was killed on July 27, 1944, in
Italy. He was advancing with the leading Squadron of a Cavalry Regiment in his scout car.
They reached a demolition, and he at once drove to a point of advantage to look at it through his
binoculars. A German machine gun opened fire at close range, and he was killed instantly. He
had won a great reputation for repeated gallantry in action.
No one who knew Richard Carey here could ever have doubted that he would make an ideal Active
Service soldier. He had superb physique, outstanding courage, determination and force of
character. He was not easily led-he could not be driven at all-but when he had made up his
mind, and felt he knew what was right, he was, even at School, an impressive figure, and it is
hard to think of anyone who would have been a finer leader in a tight place.
His driver, who was awarded the M.M. for his conduct on the occasion on which Richard was
killed, wrote: "He gave you the confidence to go anywhere; he was so sure of himself. Most
of us know the true meaning of fear, but somehow when you were with him you never felt it."
ANGUS MONTGOMERY DINGWALL CARR
(F,
1931-34), born June 23, 1918, son
of Major P. W. K. Carr,
M.C. (F,
1897-99), came in 1931 to Southgate House, where his father
had been before him. His interest lay in sport and games: books were rather a headache to him
in those days. He was a natural Soccer player, always in the right place, and would have made
his mark had he kept his health. Unfortunately a serious accident laid him low, and cut short
his School career. He left in 1934.
After war broke out he was just fit enough to be commissioned to the Seaforth Highlanders: he
was promoted Lieutenant in 1941. All the war he had to struggle against ill-health, but he always
returned to the attack, "to try " (as he put it) "to do his job properly." He transferred to a
Glider Pilot Regiment, and was promoted Captain in 1944. In an airborne attack on the 24 March,
1945, his glider was shot down by anti-aircraft fire at Hamminkeln and he lost his life.
He had developed remarkably since he left School, the long inaction of his illness giving him
time to read and think. He became interested in ideas, and would snatch spare moments on
active service to study the thought of Plato. This was a transformation as delightful as it was
surprising, and augured well for his future career. His friends remember him as a fine officer,
and a gallant and charming person.
CYRIL GEORGE FOX CARTWRIGHT
(COLL.,
1924-30), born April 18, 1911, was the third
son of Rev. G. F. Cartwright. He was fourth on a Roll which included several brilliant scholars.
He rose steadily to Co. Prae. status and Senior Science Division, just failing to get the Frazer
scholarship at Balliol, but proceeding there as a Commoner, thanks partly to the generosity of
Sir H. Ingram, whose son, H. Ingram
(A),
had been awarded the Frazer. Mter obtaining his
degree in 1933, he was appointed to the Colonial Administrative Service, and was posted to Ocean
Island
in
the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. When war with Japan broke out he " had opportunity
to return," but elected to stay and do what he could to safeguard the natives and their interests.
This involved a slow martyrdom. He had to submit to ill-treatment and malnutrition, from
which ultimately he died on April 23, 1943.
JOHN CHAMPION CARVER
CD,
1929-34), born January 30, 1916, was the third son of S. R. P.
Carver, Esq.,
C.B.E.,
and entered Mr. F. W. Goddard's House CD), in September 1929. He was a
Co. Prae in his last year, in Sixth Book and also did well as a cricketer. He was tried for Lord's
as a slow bowler, and got into 2nd XI. His unfailing cheerfulness won him many friends both
here and at Christ Church, where he went in October 1934. At Oxford he took his Degree in
Natural Science in 1937, and a year later went out to Malaya to work for Imperial Chemical
Industries. He had joined the Oxford University Air Squadron, and was a qualified pilot
in
the
R.A.F.V.R. before the war.
Early
in
1940 he was posted back to England, and until late in the year 1941 was engaged in night
fighting. In 1942 he was appointed Squadron-Leader ofa Fighter Squadron (No. 118). In March
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