A.T.W. AustinToday, we commemorate the only Old Shirburnian known to have died during the Normandy Airborne landings on D-Day: Ambrose Theodore Wentworth Austin (g 37-41).

Lieutenant Austin of the 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion was killed in action in Normandy on 6 June 1944 aged just 20.

His obituary in The Shirburnian reported that “He was dropped ‘on the bridge’ on D-Day and has not been seen or heard of since.  There can be no real hope of his survival.  During his short life he showed a courage and an outlook on life which will be an abiding example to his friends.”

A.T.W.  Austin is commemorated at the Bayeux Memorial in Normandy, and also at Sherborne School on the War Memorial Staircase, in the Book of Remembrance, and on the Lyon House War Memorial.

Although the Book of Remembrance gives Lieutenant Austin’s date of death as 5 June 1944, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has confirmed that he actually died on 6 June 1944.

Further information about A.T.W. Austin can be found on the Sherborne School Archives Flickr page.

Posted 6 June 2014 by Sherborne School Archives. Visit Sherborne School Archive News for more stories from the archives.