John was born on 28th May 1909, the son of Vice Admiral Sir George Chetwode KCB., CBE and Alice Clara Chetwode, daughter of Major Vaughan Hanning Vaughan-Lee. He entered Culver Lea (later Sergeant’s) in September 1922. He was a keen rower and twice stroked for School IV at Marlow in 1926 and 1927, when he was President of Boat Club for the school’s fourth successive win. He was a good gymnast, was in three winning House teams and in 1927 won the Bronze Medal. He also in a winning Green Jackets team. He was Commoner Prefect in his last year.
On leaving he spent a year at Princeton University and on his return became a Chartered Accountant, later joining the stockbroking firm of Messrs Myers and Co. On 28th July 1934 he married Joan Muriel Bailey, the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Glyn Bailey RA. He was in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and was serving in HMS Gloucester as Paymaster Lieutenant when he was reported as missing, believed killed in May 1941. The ship was part of a force sent to attack German military transports off Crete. Whilst in the Kithera Channel she was attacked by stuka dive bombers and sank with the loss of 702 crew. Her sinking is considered one of Britain’s worst wartime naval disasters.
Lieutenant Chetwode is commemorated on Panel 60, column 1 of the Plymouth Naval Memorial. He is also commemorated by an inscribed slate plaque in Wilsford Church, Wiltshire.
- Surname: Chetwode
- Forenames or initials: John
- House: G
- Years in School: 1922-1927
- Rank: Lieutenant
- Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
- Date of Birth: 28th May 1909
- Date of Death: 22nd May 1941
- How Died: Killed in Action
- Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
- Decoration: NA
- Burial Site: Commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial, Column 1, Panel 60