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Sowerby, Victor Holgate

Second Lieut. V. H. Sowerby was educated at Old Clee Grammar School, where he won a scholarship, was head of the school, and captain of the cricket and football teams. He became a student at Guy's Hospital in October, 1915, but enlisted in the London Regiment the following month, and volunteered to proceed to France early in 1916, although then only 18 years old. He was selected with a few others to act as domestic indoor guard to the King, when his Majesty spent a week in France. This was an interesting experience, and resulted in the gift of a royal pipe as a souvenir. He remained in France and Flanders without any leave until appointed Second Lieutenant in the Lincolnshire Regiment, June, 1917, when he was granted a few days' leave. He received a wound in the chest and died on his way to the Dressing Station on August 1st, 1917. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number

Biographical

Surname(s)Sowerby
First name(s)Victor Holgate
Date of birth1897
Place of birthGrimsby
Family detailsSon of Mr. T. Sowerby of Grimsby
Previous educationOld Clee Grammar School (also known as Humberstone's Foundation School) where he won a scholarship. He was head of the school and captain of the cricket and football teams.
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1915
Dept / courseConjoint Diploma
Military unitLincolnshire Regiment 2nd Bttn
Date enlistedNovember 1915 enlisted in the London Regiment and volunteered to proceed to France early in 1916, although only 18 years old
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsFrance and Flanders Nov. 1915 to Aug. 1917
Date of death1 August 1917
Rank at death2nd Lieutenant June 1917
Cause of deathDied of wounds received while leading his platoon. Died on his way to the Dressing Station
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial; Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; University of London OTC 1914-19

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