On 17 September 1920, Westcott House was opened by housemaster Geoffrey O’Hanlon with ten boys.  These are their stories…

R.F.C. Weallens

Robert Frank Courtney Weallens (1905-1944), 1st Head of House.
Born on 16 July 1905 at Dalhouse in Bengal, son of Colonel William Weallens (1860–1927) (Northamptonshire Regiment) and Helena Cicely Weallens (née West).
Robert’s parents both died when he was young and he was brought up by his Aunt Miss Francis Emilie West who lived at York Cottage, Camberley, Surrey.
Attended Berkhamsted School, Hertfordshire.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-July 1923; 6th form; Head of House; Senior Class Leader with Badge; Sergeant in OTC.
Woolwich; Royal Engineers. Commissioned in 1925 in the Sappers and after some years at home joined the Bombay Sappers and Miners, becoming their adjutant. Served on the North-West Frontier in 1937 during the Fakir of Ipi rising and gained the Frontier Medal. Later returned to England and became an instructor at the Staff College.
WW2, Lieutenant-Colonel in the Royal Engineers. Killed in an aircraft accident while on active service at Mohania, India (Allahabad) on 4 August 1944, aged 39.  Originally buried 12 miles NE of Mohania and reburied at Ranchi War Cemetery, Spec. Mem. 5. F. 6.  His is remembered in the Sherborne School Book of Remembrance.

R.P.H. Stables

Ralph Paul Humphrey Stables (1906-1986)
Born in Leeds on 16 May 1906, son of Mrs Harriet Emily Stables of Haslemere.
Attended Edgeborough prep school, Guildford, Surrey.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-July 1922.  Left due to ill-health.
Trinity College Cambridge.
Company director.
Major T.A.
In 1932 married Marie T. Oury.
Son: Donald Peter George Stables (Lyon 1946-1950).
Died on 22 March 1986 at Needham Market, Suffolk.

A.J. Duncombe-Anderson

Antony John Duncombe-Anderson (1907-1949)
Born at Lea, Lincolnshire on 4 February 1907, son of Wilfred Arthur Duncombe-Anderson (OS) JP, OBE, and Margaret Duncombe-Anderson of Coltishall Mead, Coltishall, Norwich.
Brother: Ronald Frederick Duncombe-Anderson (1908-1940).
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-July 1925.
Hertford College, Oxford; University Fencing Team 1926-1929 (captain); runner-up Army Epée Championship 1933.
In 1931 married Gloranna G. McNalty.
Assistant Secretary, National Fitness Council, North and East Ridings, 1938-1939.
WW2, Lieutenant-Colonel, West Yorkshire Regiment (despatches); T.D.; Military Government, Germany 1945.
Control Commission, Germany.
Died on 20 November 1949 at 94th British General Hospital, Hamburg, Germany.

H.D. Latham

Hugh Dallas Latham (1906-1958)
Born at Mangalore, Madras, on 5 February 1906, son of Hugh Alison Latham (Imperial Forest Service) and Charlotte Anna Latham of 27 Oxgangs Road, Edinburgh.
Attended Tyttenhanger School, Seaford.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-December 1924, 6th form, School Prefect, Head of House.
Indian Police. Deputy Inspector-General, retired 1947.
Married in 1946 at Coimbatore, India to Gertrude Theresa O’Donnell.
WW2, Controller, ARP, Madras.
Awarded OBE, King’s Police and Indian Police Medals.
Died on 28 October 1958 at Sandbank, Argyll, Scotland.

W. Cole-Hamilton

William Arthur Richard Cole-Hamilton (1906-1936)
Born at Forehoe, Norfolk on 1 December 1906, son of William Moore Cole-Hamilton and Ada Beatrice Huddle.
Grandson of Mrs Cole-Hamilton, Gortin, Co. Tyrone.
Attended Charlecote preparatory school, Worthing.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-November 1921. Left to join his father in Spain.
Merchant Navy 1921-1928.
In 1932 married Barbara Deane.
Lived at Tytherington, Warden Hill Road, Cheltenham.
Died on 30 April 1936 at Stockport Infirmary.

H. Milne-Redhead

Humphrey Milne-Redhead (1906-1974)
Born at Batcombe, Somerset on 27 May 1906, son of Wilfred Eustace Milne-Redhead (Mechanical Engineer) and Lucy Beatrice Gwendoline Milne-Redhead.
Attended Leighton Park School, Reading.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-April 1923, 6th form.
In business in India and Malaya.
23 July 1937 awarded MB ChB (Edinburgh University).
Lived in Worthing.
Died in March 1974.

G.H.C. Handasyde

George Harris Cruickshank Handasyde (1906-1942)
Born at Hendon on 3 March 1906, son of George Harris Handasyde and Daisy Handasyde of The Vine, Highfield Park Road, West Byfleet, Surrey.
Attended Dane Court Preparatory School, Pyrford, Surrey.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-1923.
In business, c/o Wilson & Sons, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Married in Rio de Janeiro to Irene Macalister Whyte.
Died in Rio de Janeiro on 30 April 1942 and buried at Cemiterio dos Ingleses Gamboa.

T.P. Honnor

Timothy Patrick Honnor (1907-1984)
Born at Harrow on 20 March 1907, son of Timothy Honnor FRIBA and Jessie Lessingham Honnor of Woodspeen Lodge, Newbury.
Twin brother of Jessie Patricia Honnor.
Attended Grenham House School, Birchington, Kent.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-July 1925, 6th form, shooting viii 1924, 1925.
Royal Marines.
WW2, Lieutenant-Colonel (Brevet Major 1942), Royal Marines.
Sons: Timothy Morten Honnor (Westcott 1953-1958) & Michael St George Honnor (Westcott 1957-1961).
Died on 27 January 1984.

W.H. Leach

Walter Howarth Leach (1906-1967)
Born in Buenos Aires on 3 November 1906, son of William Edmund Leach (sugar planter & manufacturer) and Mildred Mary Leach.
Attended Clayesmore School and Penn Street School, Amersham.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-July 1924.
Farming at Town Farm, Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard.
In 1932 married Margaret Smyth.
Sons: David McClintock Leach (Westcott 1948-1952) & Jonathan McClintock Leach (Westcott 1949-1953).
Grandson: Charles William Leach (son of David McClintock Leach) (Westcott 1974-1980).
Died in December 1967.

W.L. Williams

William Law Williams (1907-1960)
Born on 1 May 1907, son of Sir Frederick Law Williams, Baronet, and Emily Williams of Braunton, North Devon.
Attended West Hayes School, Winchester.
Attended Sherborne School (Westcott) September 1920-December 1922.
Succeeded as 8th Baronet in 1921.
St John’s College, Cambridge.
Royal Welch Fusiliers.
WW2, Captain.
Lived at Upcott House, Barnstaple, North Devon.
Died on 1 July 1960 at The Barnstaple and North Devon Club.

Geoffrey O’Hanlon with the first ten Westcott House boys, Michaelmas term 1920.

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