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Alexander Starmer Fenby

Alexander Fenby was born on 23 February 1901 and attended the School between September 1912 and July 1917.

In 1941, Alexander was on board the Merchant Vessel Swedru en route from Freetown to Liverpool when she was attacked by a Long Range Bomber on 16 April. Two 250lb bombs struck the bridge and exploded. The Captain and other senior officers were killed instantly. The ship subsequently caught fire and was finally torpedoed and sunk 150 miles west of Ireland by ships escorting the convoy. 14 crew and 7 passengers, including Alexander Fenby, lost their lives.

Alexander is commemorated on the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour located near St George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey which records civilians whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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